It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

“[A] clever canapé of a comedy…Mr. Payne is a deft and witty writer.” – The New York Times

“Usually a playwright has to choose between writing a laugh-out-loud comedy and a very serious drama. Topher Payne has written both with Perfect Arrangement.” – TheatreMania


This show contains adult language and situations. Recommend age 14+

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


Join us for a special post-show talkback on the Lavender Scare with the cast and director of Perfect Arrangement, playwright Topher Payne and special guests Lillian Faderman and John Lockhart.


 LF September 2016Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. The New York Times named three of her books on its “Notable Books of the Year” list, including The Gay Revolution, part of which chronicles the history of the Lavender Scare. Her work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University’s James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.


John Lockhart

Now retired, John Lockhart was a legislative advocate for public education in Washington, D.C. and Denver, CO and worked for the Offices of Education in San Diego County, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. John lived in D.C. for 23 years in the mid-1950s and 1960s, working in federal agencies that required security clearances and was a first-hand witness to the effects of the Lavender Scare. John graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1959, spending a year of study in Mexico City. U.S. Navy, 1951-1954, honorable discharge.

Topher Payne
 In 2014, The American Theatre Critics Association awarded Topher Payne’s play Perfect Arrangement the M. Elizabeth Osborn Prize for Best Play by An Emerging Playwright. The play went on to be produced Off-Broadway in 2015 by Primary Stages and MARS Theatricals. His other works for the stage include Evelyn in Purgatory, Swell Party, The Only Light in Reno, and Angry Fags. In 2016, he scripted two films for The Hallmark Channel, My Summer Prince and Broadcasting Christmas. Topher is a two-time winner of The Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. He has been named Atlanta’s Best Local Playwright by readers of Creative Loafing six times, and received the 2016 Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding World Premiere for the holiday comedy Let Nothing You Dismay. He lives in Atlanta with his fella Daniel and their devoted beagle Daisy.


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