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Speak­ing from my own per­spec­tive, I wanted to write a show that was about fam­ily the way I ex­pe­ri­ence it. And where it is the mix of peo­ple you came from and those you picked up along the way. It turns out a lot of peo­ple re­lated to that too. When Stage Door made the de­ci­sion to bring it back, none of us knew that 2016 was go­ing to be what 2016 turned out to be. And there’s some­thing won­der­ful about this story that is about our dif­fer­ences and the fact that it’s all those dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives that make fam­ily work.

Tell us about “Greet­ings Friend.”

It’s about a re­tired school­teacher who an­swers an email in her spam folder that comes from a mys­te­ri­ous for­eign prince that is ask-

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ing for money. She knows you are not sup­posed to give money to peo­ple over the In­ter­net so she de­cides to fly to his coun­try and see if she can be help­ful. It’s an ac­tion ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing two women who are over 70.

Tell us about work­ing with fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Shan­non Eubanks.

She is so damn smart. The ex­traor­di­nary thing is that she has this amaz­ing emo­tional sen­si­tiv­ity with a wicked sense of hu­mor. We tend to find the same things funny. She has a great sen­si­bil­ity with new plays and we have a short­hand to­gether now.

When did you know that you would be do­ing a Christ­mas show for Hall­mark?

I got the of­fer the day be­fore “My Sum­mer Prince” pre­miered and the net­work had seen the movie and were happy with what they had seen. They wanted to get me in the mix. The only caveat is that the shoot was in Septem­ber and it was Au­gust 5. It was six weeks, from the day I signed un­til the day we were shoot­ing. This one was fast, un­usu­ally so. There’s usu­ally a bit more breath­ing room, but if we wanted to work with Melissa Joan Hart she had a very spe­cific win­dow of avail­abil­ity. Ev­ery­thing else in my life came to a stop at that time. ‘Let Noth­ing You Dis­may’ Through De­cem­ber 18 Stage Door Play­ers 5339 Cham­blee Dun­woody Road Dun­woody, GA 30338 www.stage­door­play­ ‘Greet­ings Friend Your Kind As­sis­tance is Re­quired’ Jan­uary 5 – 22 Ge­or­gia En­sem­ble The­atre Roswell Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter 950 For­rest St., Roswell, GA 30075

“Let Noth­ing You Dis­may” plays through De­cem­ber 18 at Stage Door Play­ers in Dun­woody. (Photo by R. Todd Flee­man)

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