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Topher Payne

TOPHER PAYNE

  (1979 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Topher Payne had a lot of imaginary friends as a child, and found a way to put them to work at age seventeen. He's been chasing those voices ever since. Topher premieres four new works in 2013: the jazz-age mystery SWELL PARTY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre; a terrorist buddy comedy about ANGRY FAGS at 7 Stages; locking Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, and Elizabeth Taylor in a hotel room in Pinch n Ouch Theatre's the ONLY LIGHT IN RENO; and LAKEBOTTOM PRIME, in which a 1920s wedding is interrupted by an alien invasion, at the State Theatre of Georgia, the Springer Opera House. Topher lives with two other Mississippi misfits- a husband named Tommy and a beagle named Daisy- in a good house surrounded by a bad neighborhood outside AtlantA.

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below is a list of Topher Payne's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Above the Fold         Angry Fags         Attala County Garden Club, The         Bad Mama         Beached Wails         Christina Darling         Entertaining Lesbians         Evelyn in Purgatory         Lakebottom Prime         Only Light In Reno, The         Perfect Arrangement         Relations Unknown         Swell Party



Above the Fold

Synopsis:
Long after the news cameras have moved on people still have to cope with the circumstances that lead them to being front page news: friends of the High School shooter, a scandel involving a pop star and so on

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One act

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Angry Fags

Synopsis:
a terrorist buddy comedy about ANGRY FAGS

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7 Stages     2013

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comedy

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Attala County Garden Club, The

Synopsis:
Newly married Rose moves into her new home with her husband and baby. She applies to join the local garden club - her mother is a member - and is rejected.

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On Stage, Atlanta     2006

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Bad Mama

Synopsis:
A series of scenes and monologues depicting mothers who will go to ANY length for their progeny, leading to disastrous and hilarious results. Included in the evening: A New Jersey young mother-to-be reveals her plan to raise her child as a homosexual; A Mississippi mother battles for control of her son's wedding reception, with shocking results; Divorced parents use every tactic possible to gain favor with their beleaguered daughter; and "A Lifetime Original Movie Starring Judith Light", which filters the plotlines of 23 Lifetime Television movies into one woman's very, very bad day.

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Atlanta, Georgia     2005

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Genre:
Farce

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Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Beached Wails

Synopsis:
Every summer, the four Harmon sisters pack up a car, wave goodbye to families in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and head for a week at the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This year's vacation is particularly needed; second-eldest sister Brenda lost her husband Lewis last fall, and all agree she could benefit from a week of rest. Rain greets them on the first day, and what seems at first an inconvenience proves to be more threatening: Gulf Shores lies directly in the path of a hurricane. their attempts at evacuating are thwarted by Brenda, who becomes convinced that the storm, which shares a name with her late husband, is a sign telling her to stay. Things become a bit more complicated with the arrival of an unexpected guest, 21-year old model Randy Bradford, who makes all of the Harmon sisters wonder whether their troubles remained at home after all. . .

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Atlanta, Georgia     2002

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Christina Darling

Synopsis:
Twenty years after writing the book that changed everyone's opinions of Joan Crawford - Christina Crawford is running a bed and breakfast establishment. Her writing and acting career went up in smoke and she took to drink. Now she needs money and is thinking of writing another book about her mother to get it. then some guests check in - one of whom is Mommie Dearest.

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Entertaining Lesbians

Synopsis:
the School for Young People is the place for any responsible parent to send their preschool-age child in Atlanta. Rowena Tuttle knows this, and she will stop at nothing in her mission to secure a place for her four year-old daughter, Portia. Hoping to gain better standing with the parents of current students, Rowena and her husband Tad invite a lesbian couple into their home. But when Rowena has the cook impersonate a U.S. Ambassador, is forced to cope with the surprise arrival of her trashy sister Janis, and discovers a ransom note in the kitchen, things begin to spiral out of control. . . Hilarity ensues.

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New York, NY     2004

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Genre:
Farce

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Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Evelyn in Purgatory

Evelyn in Purgatory
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York's public schools, they're sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in "the rubber room," where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

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Essential Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA     05 Jul 2012

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Genre:
Dark Comedy

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Lakebottom Prime

Synopsis:
in which a 1920s wedding is interrupted by an alien invasion

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State Theatre Of Georgia     2013

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Only Light In Reno, The

Synopsis:
locking Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, and Elizabeth Taylor in a hotel room

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Pinch N Ouch Theatre     2013

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Perfect Arrangement

Perfect Arrangement
Washington, 1951: After crafting the criteria for identifying Communists hiding in the U.S. Department of State, Bob and Norma have been tasked with a new challenge-outing homosexuals. That'll be tricky, since they're both gay, and have married each other's partners as a cover, presenting lives as flawless and wacky as a 50's sitcom. Can they lead the witch hunt without outing themselves?

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Developed at the 2012 NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop. one of 25 full-length plays that have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Source Festival. Three full-length plays will be selected from the 25 finalists and will be produced at the Source Festival from June 7-30.

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Genre:
Gay, full length

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Relations Unknown

Synopsis:
When Shep, an accountant in Atlanta, decided to become a sperm donor, he could never have imagined the impact it would have on everyone in his life. After being given information that makes him consider his mortality, he reconnects with his ex-boyfriend Chris, who's busy fighting dual battles with cancer, and his mother, Dorothy Jean. the technician from Shep's sperm bank, who may or may not be a psychiatrist, hires Shep's best friend Narissa as a personal trainer, but their training sessions quickly give way to therapy. Meanwhile, Chris's current boyfriend, Owen, who was once engaged to Narissa, faces surprising news from his past. Add into the mix a lesbian pot dealer on a mission from God, a larger-than-life drag queen named Ruby Red, and a round of cocktails for everyone involved, and you've got the story of seven people chasing unlikely dreams, realizing along the way that sometimes, your real family is made up of the people you choose.

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Atlanta, Georgia     2003

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Swell Party

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1st Produced:
Georgia Ensemble Theatre     2013

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Genre:
jazz-age mystery

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