Gay Atlanta writer Topher Payne on new world premiere, returning favorite
Besides an encore run of his “Let Nothing You Dismay” at Stage Door Players – surrounding the chaos that ensues when a couple has their first child and has to deal with two sets of families – and his new world premiere “Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required” at Georgia Ensemble Theatre in January, gay writer Topher Payne recently penned the Hallmark Channel hit “Broadcasting Christmas.” It’s been a rapid-paced period for someone who prides himself on being busy. Georgia Voice caught up with Payne recently as he was putting the finishing touches on “Greetings” and enjoying the warm reception to “Broadcasting Christmas.”
Hello Topher! When did you and Stage Door Players decide to bring back “Let Nothing You Dismay?”
Not everybody who wanted to see it last year got the chance to. It started selling out and towards the end of the run there was not a seat to be had.
Have you made any tweaks to it?
Yes. It is a tighter show and I have made some cuts, and put some new jokes in it. Those who saw it last year will get some surprises. The cast is the same – everyone came back this year.
What do you think is the appeal?