Top Atlanta Talent Brings Popular Local Playwright's Regional Hit PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Home Feb. 22 - Mar. 18

Top Atlanta Talent Brings Popular Local Playwright's Regional Hit PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Home Feb. 22 - Mar. 18

The '50s were only fabulous when no one was looking.

Friday, January 26, 2018 — Theatrical Outfit proudly presents the Atlanta professional debut of Perfect Arrangement by local 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 closeted couples, one gay and one lesbian, face exposure and a future more gray than Technicolor. Directed by Adam Koplan (artistic director of Flying Carpet Theatre; director of The Outfit's The Dancing Handkerchief) and featuring an all-star Atlanta ensemble - Ann Marie Gideon, Clifton Guterman, Joe Knezevich, Stacy Melich, Courtney Patterson, Kevin Stillwell and Ann Wilson - 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
Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama nominee
Perfect Arrangement has received productions in 19 states to date.

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 gay and lesbian 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. 

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

Adam Koplan – Director
Nadia Morgan – Scenic Designer
James Aitken – Lighting Designer
Linda Patterson – Costume Designer
Dan Bauman – Sound Designer
A. Julian Verner – 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.


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.
Wednesday, February 28, post-show
Saturday, March 3, post-matinee - special guest: Cathy Woolard
Wednesday, March 7 post-show
Thursday, March 15, post-show

PAGE TO STAGE TALKBACKS, sponsored by Macy’s
Representatives from the cast, creative team, and staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.
Friday, March 2, post-show
Friday, March 9, post-show

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.                     


Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit

1. (l to r) Ann Marie Gideon, Courtney Patterson, Joe Knezevich, Clifton Guterman (photo by Greg Mooney)
2. (l to r) Ann Marie Gideon, Joe Knezevich,  Clifton Guterman, Courtney Patterson (photo by Greg Mooney)
3. (l to r) Ann Marie Gideon, Joe Knezevich, Courtney Patterson, Clifton Guterman (photo by Greg Mooney)
4. (l to r) Ann Marie Gideon and Courtney Patterson (photo by Greg Mooney)
5. (l to r) Joe Knezevich, Clifton Guterman (photo by Greg Mooney)
Ann Marie Gideon
Clifton Guterman
Joe Knezevich
Stacy Melich
Courtney Patterson
Kevin Stillwell
Ann Wilson
Adam Koplan (director)
Topher Payne (playwright)
Perfect Arrangement artwork without tag line
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development at Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager at Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director at Theatrical Outfit