tokens of affection

a romantic comedy in two acts

3 f / 3 m

Frank Garrett is caught completely off-guard when Jackie, his wife of thirty-seven years, announces she’s leaving. Her only explanation? “You don’t send me flowers.”
Frank seeks solace and answers at the New York apartment of his son Charlie, a video game designer. When Charlie calls his sister Claire in a panic, he discovers Jackie has found refuge at Claire’s Connecticut home.
Via a series of telephone conspiracies, the siblings join forces on a mission to get their parents back together- and more importantly, back in their own home. But complications arise when Frank is introduced to Rita, the lovely widow across the hall…
A modern homage to mid-century romantic comedies in the vein of Barefoot in the Park and Sunday in New YorkTokens of Affection is a warm-hearted delight.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell, Georgia

World Premiere, 2011

CenterStage North

Marietta, Georgia

2013

GEM Theatre

Calhoun, Georgia

2013

Front Porch Players

Jonesboro, Georgia

2016

Magic Circle Players

Montrose, Colorado

2017

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Black Hills Playhouse

Custer, South Dakota

2018

Tokens of Affection at Out of Box Theatre
Out of Box Theatre

Marietta, Georgia

2019

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Rome Little Theatre

Rome, Georgia

2020

“A funny and endearing romantic comedy… sharp dialogue and specifically delineated characters… Centering it all is a series of brilliantly conceived conversations about marriage, relationships, (and) the contrasting needs of surprise and comfort/appreciation.” 

- ATLANTA THEATRE BUZZ

 

“‘Comfort’ and ‘appreciation’ may seem mundane qualities when taken out of context, but in Tokens of Affection they are shown to be that which nurtures lasting love.”

- SMOKE SIGNALS MAGAZINE

 

“A laugh-out-loud look at family temporarily turned upside down… But between all the hilarity are some really poignant moments. At the heart is an endearing story that examines the ups and downs of marriage and relationships.”

- COBB LIFE MAGAZINE

The Parent Trap for grownups

- THE GA VOICE

  2011 Suzi Bass Awards  

Nominee, Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

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© 2019 by Topher Payne

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FILM/TELEVISION MANAGEMENT 

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