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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

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