Summarized by Kent Larsen
An LDS Play Comes to Atlanta
(Finding family Relatives)
Atlanta GA Journal &Constitution pg jh1 3Feb00 A2
By Tinah Saunders
After realizing they share a common ancestor, two Alpharetta women are helping spread her story.
ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA -- Steven Kapp Perry's "Polly" has been brought
to Atlanta by two of her descendants. The idea to bring the play
about Mormon pioneer Polly Merrill Colton to Georgia was set in
motion when LDS Church members Geri Hughes and Brooke Hunter of
Alpharette discovered that they were both related to Polly.
Hughes and Hunter discovered that they were distant cousins during a
conversation they had one day. The two friends have children
participating in the same theater and dance activities. By chance,
their conversation turned to Perry's play, "I said I was related to
Polly," Hughes said, "and Brooke said she was too. Here we were
living within 15 miles of each other all those years and never knew."
After realizing their relationship, the two decided to get Perry to
bring the play, which is a one-woman show performed by his wife,
Johanne Frechette Perry, to Georgia.They managed to contact Perry, "I
was out in Utah visiting my parents when I went to see another of
Steven's plays. At intermission, I was chatting with a man in the
lobby and I mentioned that I was related to the author. And it was
Steven. I had never met him before," Hughes said. After two years of
work, they managed to get the play to Georgia.