Next Fall, Tony-Nominated Comedy About Love, Faith and Family, Closes July 4
By Kenneth Jones
Next Fall, American playwright Geoffrey Nauffts' Tony-nominated romantic comedy-drama that explores questions of love, sexuality, religion, family and tolerance, plays its final performance at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre July 4.
The play about a gay couple — Adam, an atheist who falls in love with a Christian, Luke — was one of the best-reviewed productions of the 2009-10 Broadway season, and earned Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Direction, but failed to find a wider audience (at least on Broadway). Elton John and David Furnish joined the producing team shortly before its Broadway bow. The play was first seen Off-Broadway in summer 2009 as a production by Naked Angels, of which Nauffts is artistic director. The entire cast (a starless one) transferred to Broadway.
Nauffts received the 2010 Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for his writing achievement.
Next Fall features Patrick Breen as Adam, Maddie Corman as Holly, Sean Dugan as Brandon, Patrick Heusinger as Luke, Connie Ray as Arlene and Cotter Smith as Butch.
The creative team includes Wilson Chin (set design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design) and Jess Goldstein (costume design).
Next Fall is produced on Broadway by Elton John and David Furnish, Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis, Tom Smedes, Carole L. Haber/Chase Mishkin Ostar, Anthony Barrile, Michael Palitz, Bob Boyett, James Spry/Catherine Schreiber, Probo Productions, Roy Furman in association with Naked Angels. Susan Mindell is the executive producer.
Here's how producers characterize the play: "Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to 'believe' and what it might cost us not to."
Of the producers' wholesale move of the company from Off-Broadway to on, Kaller previously told Playbill.com, "It's so exciting for so many reasons. The first reason is that they believed in us, all of us, and on a very, very profound level they know what it takes to produce good art — and you don't mess with that. The magic worked. [Producer] Rich Willis always says that 'all we need to do is stay out of our own way."
She added, "…This country, with the exception of groups like Steppenwolf, and Naked Angels for that matter, doesn't work with ensembles. I cannot begin to tell you what it was like to walk in on that first day of rehearsal and just be able to get to work. We all know each other, we all know each others' partners, we all know each others' kids. It is very intimate and the play is very intimate and I think it really shows."
The production's understudies are David Adkins, Clayton Apgar and Kristie Dale Sanders.
The final performance of the run is at 3 PM.
For more information, visit www.NextFallBroadway.com.
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