Two popular shows with gay actors portraying gay characters return to the ATL next week – “Peachtree Battle” at Ansley Park Playhouse and “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” at Stage Door Players.
“Peachtree Battle,” the long running comedy from the hands of gay playwrights (and couple) John Gibson and Anthony Morris, is back for a summer run, as well as its 10th anniversary. The play opens July 16 and runs through the end of September. In the mix is openly gay actor Stan Gentry, who plays Holcomb Habersham.
“Peachtree Battle” spins around the chaos that happens when the son of a prominent family announces that he is going to marry a Hooter’s waitress. Holcomb is the oldest son of the Habersham clan with drama of his own — he is gay and his family’s reaction isn’t as accepting as he would like.
Gentry played the role in 2008 and then again in 2010 before taking time off to travel and make a documentary film. Hte wasn’t the original actor but he has played the role longer than anyone else and appreciates Holcomb’s layers.
“What I like about Holcomb is that he is fully dimensional,” says Gentry. “He is such a real character and not a caricature.”
Long time cast members Deborah Childs and Anna House are back as Trudy Habersham and Azalea Wieuca, respectively, for the special run.
“This show is so very much Atlanta,” he says. “You can go and know these people, although you would never admit it was your family.”
Top photo: ‘Peachtree Battle,’ the long running comedy from the hands of gay playwrights (and couple) John Gibson and Anthony Morris, returns July 16 to play through September. (via Facebook)