Topher Payne breaking barriers in Atlanta theater

Topher Payne sleeps. Or at least he says he does. Judging from the work he’s done over the last few years, it’s a wonder he has time for shuteye. The gay playwright has become one of the city’s busiest and most...
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Topher Payne brings Designing Women Live to OnStage Atlanta and more this week

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‘Auntie Mame’ mixes genders, while puppet play explores a white minority

Topher Payne stars in'Auntie Mame'

Topher Payne and DeWayne Morgan, who work together on Process Theatre’s “Designing Women,” are joining forces for a version of the campy “Auntie Mame.”

Payne stars as the infamous titular character while Morgan plays sidekick Vera Charles. The theatre company had been talking about doing the play for a few years and found a place for it this season, with the two popular openly gay actors in the forefront. The show runs April 14 to May 4 at Onstage Atlanta.

Payne says bringing Mame to life has been enjoyable but trying.