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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.


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