Cunning Mid-Century Comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT at Theatrical Outfit

Cunning Mid-Century Comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT at Theatrical Outfit

Entertain covertly. FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 18, 2018.

In early 2018, Theatrical Outfit proudly stages Perfect Arrangement by Atlanta native and award-winning playwright Topher Payne. Inspired by true stories of McCarthy-era social survival, this bubbly cocktail party-meets-TV sitcom simmers into poignant realism as two couples face scandal and a future more gray than Technicolor. Directed by Adam Koplan and featuring an all-star Atlanta ensemble, Perfect Arrangement runs February 22 – March 18, 2018 and continues Theatrical Outfit’s 2017- 2018 Season of Character.


By Topher Payne
Directed by Adam Koplan

Winner of the 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Prize

1950. Georgetown. Washington, D.C. As the Red Scare looms large, two State Department employees, Bob and Norma, receive orders to expose “moral turpitude” within the government. But, the coworkers are both gay and have married each other’s partners, Millie and Jim, in a picture-perfect façade of domestic, mid-century bliss separated, literally, by a shared closet door. 

“Topher Payne has a Perfect Arrangement for a hot issue.”  — The Washington Post

“The journey of Perfect Arrangement started with The Process Theatre’s workshop production in a storefront space on Spring Street – on a good night we had twenty people in the audience. Now, after productions in twelve states and an off-Broadway run, it feels so great to bring it back home.” —   Topher Payne, playwright

Ann Marie Gideon* – Millie Martindale
Clifton Guterman* – Jimmy Baxter
Joe Knezevich* – Bob Martindale
Stacy Melich – Barbara Grant
Courtney Patterson* – Norma Baxter
Kevin Stillwell – Ted Sunderson
Ann Wilson  – Kitty Sunderson

Adam Koplan – Director
Nadia Morgan – Scenic Designer
James Aitken – Lighting Designer
Linda Patterson – Costume Designer
TBA – Sound Designer
TBA – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley*  – Stage Manager

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Previews: February 22 and 23, 2018 at 7:30PM
Opening night: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: February 25 - March 18, 2018

Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of Perfect Arrangement are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51* and may be purchased online at or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.


Touching Up Our Roots Talk Back — Wednesday, February 28, post-show
Join representatives from T.U.O.R. in a dialogue about the history of LGBTQ rights nationally and in Georgia. Touching Up Our Roots' mission is to promote, preserve, and publicize the contributions LGBT people made and are making to expanding civil rights for all people, creating civic and neighborhood organizations, and enhancing local, regional, and national culture.

Downtown Dialogue — Saturday, March 3, post-matinee
A panel of special guests engage in an open dialogue about the social, global and historical themes in the show. Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.

Page to Stage Talk Back, sponsored by Macy’s — Friday, March 9, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.

PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS (when available) may be downloaded directly from this release or accessed HERE.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Sponsors: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, Audience Building Roundtable of The Blank Foundation, Macy’s, MARTA, The Shubert Foundation

ABOUT OUR VENUEPerfect Arrangement will be performed at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.  

OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.                     


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Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development, Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Theatrical Outfit
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development, Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

Stories that stir the soul.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons were Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton. Mrs. Shelton passed away in 2019, but Dr. Shelton remains a patron at Theatrical Outfit to this day. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

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84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303