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But he got sick before rehearsals, and then, after pushing himself, went down with what still seemed like a simple case of laryngitis. Unfortunately, things went out of control. First, Cory had to drop out of the production, being replaced at the last minute by the show’s director. Then came a diagnosis that Cory’s right vocal cords were permanently damaged.

Talking to Cory initially you wouldn’t know anything was wrong, but “my voice gives out very easily,” he said.

“My days of doing comedy and stand-up comedy are, to all intents and purposes, finished.”

The news was “pretty heartbreaking. There are so many jokes I wanted to tell. I thought, there’s got to be a way to get the humor out there.”

So Cory said he “turned it into something positive.” That is, he can still very much have a voice as a playwright. He went to work on “All Play and No Work.”

Cory said he tries out all his jokes on his wife, Cheryl. “She’s got a good filter.” Meanwhile, Ludt gave his support. Cory had been involved with Calliope shows as an actor for over 10 years.

“Matt and I would bemoan the fact that there are so few comedy farces to perform,” Ludt said.

Cory made revisions and refinements to his early drafts of “All Play and No Work” based in part on feedback from people at Calliope.

“The play has changed. It’s a tighter script,” Cory said.

Last June, a staged reading with sets and props was done in front of a live audience at the Calliope Theatre, with audience feedback and a Q&A.;

Ludt said the response was “overwhelmingly positive” and so the decision was made to have an “official fully staged ‘world premiere.’ “

“We’re ready for it,” Ludt added.

“He’s just been a phenomenal help,” Cory said of Ludt. And the cast for the production have “been sensational.They’ve really brought this to life and captured this pretty much as I imagined it.”

Cory is already working on a new play, another farce titled “Hugh’s Your Daddy.”

First things first. With the opening of “All Play and No Work” imminent, Cory said, “I don’t get nervous. I get excited, but not nervous.”

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