Gay At­lanta writer To­pher Payne on new world pre­miere, returning fa­vorite

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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?

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