Naked Angels Announces Next Fall Talkback Series

News   Naked Angels Announces Next Fall Talkback Series GLAAD executive director Ann Craig will take part in a post-performance discussion of Geoffrey Nauffts' Next Fall.

Naked Angels artistic director Nauffts penned the work that explores themes of sexuality and faith in a modern gay relationship. The production began performances May 26 and opened to healthy reviews on June 3, prompting an extension through July 5 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.

Craig will moderate the June 17 discussion "Falling In and Out of Love: Faith and the LGBT World," featuring Reverend Manny Santiago; Dr. Dorothee Benz, director of MIND New York; and Reverend Mieke Vandersall, director of "Presbyterian Welcome."

On June 18 Next Fall will present "Trying to Make Sense of Faith and Humanity: A Conversation with writer and activist David Mixner and Governor Patterson Advisor Charles O'Byrne"; and June 24 will feature "A Conversation with Jay Bakker" and an audience Q&A.

Details on the July 1 and 2 talkbacks will be announced at a later time.

Sheryl Kaller (Dangerous Beauty) directs Next Fall, which stars Patrick Breen (Fuddy Meers, Brighton Beach Memoirs), Maddie Corman (Isn't It Romantic, "Some Kind of Wonderful"), Sean Dugan (Corpus Christi, Rough Crossing), Patrick Heusinger ("Gossip Girl," Spamalot), Connie Ray (The Heidi Chronicles) and Cotter Smith (An American Daughter). The topical play asks, "What happens when a Christian gives an Atheist the Heimlich? Next Fall chronicles the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke as they wrestle with their respective demons. Timely and compelling, the play places the Prop 8 controversy in a human context by exploring what it means to 'believe' in this day and age, and what it might cost us not to."

Designing the production are Wilson Chin (scenic design), Jessica Wegener (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design) and Bart Fasbender (sound design).

Next Fall is produced by Barbara Manocherian with Jeff Davis and Anthony Barrile.

For tickets, priced $40, phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral. The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre is located at 416 West 42nd Street.