Another production to watch out for over the holidays is Stage Door Players’ “Let Nothing You Dismay.” It’s the latest work by local and out playwright Topher Payne, who is coming off the successful off-Broadway debut earlier this fall of his Atlanta-hatched “Perfect Arrangement.” Stage Door Players—the Dunwoody-based troupe run by openly gay artistic director Robert Egizio—is hosting the world premiere, which is directed by Shannon Eubanks, a long-time collaborator with Payne.
“Let Nothing You Dismay” is a comic tale about what happens when a married couple decides to become parents via adoption and are waiting for a phone call to make it all hap- pen. In all, eight performers take on more than 20 characters. The playwright started writing it earlier this year. “I had had ideas on it for a while, playing with the idea of doing a holiday show as I experienced it—a collection of family of origin plus family of choice,” he says. “I wanted to tell that story but in the model of a very traditional holiday show. It’s a traditional show about non-traditional families.” It’s a personal project for Payne in other ways as well. Both of his nephews—”The center of my universe,” he says—came into his life via adoption and the playwright also wanted to pay a tribute of sorts to the times his entire family converges for the premieres of his shows.
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‘Let Nothing You Dismay’
Stage Door Players 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338 Dec. 4–20 www.stagedoorplayers.net