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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - Several locations around Atlanta, GA.
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Bennett is really trying to keep it together right now. He broke up with his boyfriend and moved in with his best friend Cooper. It’s election season, and he’s the speechwriter for Georgia’s only gay state senator, who’s engaged in a bloody campaign against a conservative darling. Then Bennett’s ex is attacked in the parking lot of a gay bar. Bennett and Cooper are informed by a police detective that the assault can’t be classified as a hate crime. Because in Georgia, hate crimes against homosexuals don’t legally exist. Their frustration and fear eventually turns to rage, as they realize that “acceptance” simply isn’t enoughthey’re still living in a society that relegates them to second-class status. They’re not respected. They’re not feared. It’s time for that to change.
An “uncompromising Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fantasia” about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building, and pistachios.
"Topher Payne's uncompromising Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fantasia." - American Theatre Magazine
"A must-see... The show addresses serious subject matter in an empathetic and sensetive matter, with a generous helping of relatable humor." - Examiner.com
"Payne gives us two likeable killer queens whose road to domestiv terrorism is paved with Paula Deen jokes... Witty, dark, and disconcerting." - Out Magazine
"Undeniably relevant and hard-hitting." - The GA Voice
Angry Fags premiered at 7 Stages in Atlanta, GA in February 2013 under the direction of Justin Anderson.
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 ... view full profile
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