NEXT FALL on Broadway

 

This was the official website for the 2010 Tony-Award-nominated Broadway production of Geoffrey Nauffts' Next Fall.
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages and other outside reviews and press.
 

 

About the Show

Luke believes in God. Adam believes in everything else. NEXT FALL portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. And when an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. NEXT FALL paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love and faith.
Bursting with political relevance and emotional truth, it’s an extraordinary new piece of contemporary American theatre.
Don’t miss it.

NEXT FALL is "artful, thoughtful and very moving. Mr. Nauffts has written the kind of gently incisive, naturalistic play that rarely materializes anymore."

Ben Brantley, New York Times

NEXT FALL "is a well-made contemporary play with ample heart and snappy humor. Nauffts has taken the measure of a painful passage in a handful of lives, depicted it with sensitivity, warmth and humor, and shaped from these tremors a drama that speaks in a quiet voice of momentous things."
Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"FIVE STARS – THE BEST NEW PLAY OF THE SEASON. This beautifully shaped piece, produced by Naked Angels, should ideally be seen right away. This is no mere tearjerker. It's a tear-earner: NEXT FALL merits every drop."

 

 

 



Since premiering off-broadway last year, Geoffrey Nauffts gripping "Next Fall" has finally hit the Great White Way with David Furnish and Elton John at the helm as credited producers. "Next Fall" stars hunky Patrick Heusinger (Gossip Girl, Spamalot) and Patrick Breen (Brighton Beach Memoirs), as a couple whose relationship is examined after a potentially fatal accident. The beautiful show chronicles the 5-year relationship between Adam, an atheist, and Luke, a devout Christian, and how - or even if - two very different men can stay together.

 

News

Elton John Gets Behind NEXT FALL - New York Times
February 1, 2010
"Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, have signed on to the producing team of the upcoming Broadway transfer 'NEXT FALL,' a new play about the happiness, strains and religious differences between two gay men over the course of their five-year romantic relationship."

NEXT FALL on Broadway Cast Interviews - AP-RED.com
January 31, 2010
Interviews with Patrick Heusinger, Connie Ray, Maddie Corman, and Geoffrey Nauffts.

NEXT FALL Rehearses for Broadway - Broadway.com
January 28, 2010
"Audiences rarely get to see the work that goes on behind-the-scenes in preparing a show for Broadway. The upcoming drama NEXT FALL, however, has nothing to hide."

NEXT FALL Receives GLAAD Award Nomination - Playbill.com
January 13, 2010
NEXT FALL receives nomination for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway.

Ben Brantley Picks NEXT FALL as a Top 10 Show of 2009 - New York Times
December 20, 2009
"Geoffrey Naufft’s gentle, probing examination of the nature of religious faith — as embodied by a gay couple of very different beliefs — demonstrated that the conventional, well-made play can still explore unconventional territory in ways that stir depths of thought and emotion."

NEXT FALL will transfer to Broadway - New York Times
September 23, 2009
"Broadway will soon be home to a different kind of odd couple: the Geoffrey Nauffts play 'NEXT FALL'..."

Review: NEXT FALL - David Cote's NY1
July 3, 2009
"NEXT FALL has it all."

Review: NEXT FALL - NY Daily News
June 26, 2009
"Nauffts' script is crisp and sensitive."

Review: NEXT FALL - Time Out New York
June 11, 2009
"FIVE STARS – THE BEST NEW PLAY OF THE SEASON. This beautifully shaped piece, produced by Naked Angels, should ideally be seen right away. This is no mere tearjerker. It's a tear-earner:
NEXT FALL merits every drop."

Review: NEXT FALL - Ben Brantley's New York Times Review
June 4, 2009
NEXT FALL is "artful, thoughtful and very moving. Mr. Nauffts has written the kind of gently incisive, naturalistic play that rarely materializes anymore." A flourishing member of a precious and nearly extinct species has been sighted on Broadway, looking remarkably vital and sure of itself for a creature so often given up for dead. "Next Fall" is that genuine rara avis, a smart, sensitive and utterly contemporary New York comedy. The question now is whether theatergoers will recognize that "Next Fall" embodies something they’ve been sorely missing, perhaps without knowing it, for years."

Review: NEXT FALL - Variety
June 3, 2009
"A potent piece of political theater."

 

2009 NEWS

Thu 5 Nov 2009 
Next Fall: original cast will return for Broadway run
The critically acclaimed original cast will return for the Broadway run of Next Fall, the new American play by Geoffrey Nauffts and directed by Sheryl Kaller. The production will open at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre on 11 Mar 2010, following previews from 16 Feb.

Next Fall stars 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.'

Next Fall had its world premiere in a Naked Angels production, opening to critical acclaim on 3 Jun 2009 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The production played a sold-out run off-Broadway, extending three times, and played through to 8 Aug 2009.

Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the 5-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story and forces us to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.

The play opened to mostly excellent reviews: "Nauffts’ emergency bell is a clarion call: strap on your seatbelt, remember to bring your heart, and get here as fast as you can. This one is a shining star" (newyorktheatreguide.com); "stinging breeziness of a cosmopolitan comedy." (NYTimes); "surprisingly hilarious" (NY Post); "thoroughly captures the attention." (Back Stage); "potent piece of political theater" (Variety).

The production is being produced on Broadway by Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis and Anthony Barrile in association with Naked Angels (Geoffrey Nauffts, Artistic Director; John Alexander, Managing Director; Andy Donald, Associate Artistic Director; Brittany O’Neill, Producer).

Tickets go on sale to the general public on 16 Nov 2009. More information will be announced soon.

 

 



2010 NEWS

 

Mother’s Next Act: Broadway
By Lisa Belkin
March 2, 2010 3:00 pm

Yana Paskova for The New York Times Maddie Corman in a dressing room at the Helen Hayes Theater

Any mother struggling to create a second act after the children have grown will be inspired by Susan Dominus’s Big City column today. It is about Maddie Corman, a Westchester mom of three, who watched her dreams of stardom recede during the decade she spent at home with her children. (Full disclosure: like Dominus, I know Corman from the neighborhood.)

She is about to open on Broadway, at the Helen Hayes Theater, in the drama “Next Fall.” No, she is not your typical struggling actress — her husband is a director and her mother-in-law is a star. But pesky details aside, there is affirmation in her minivan-to-marquee tale, unlikely as it might be for the average stay-at-home mother. As Dominus writes:

    In a business in which women are widely considered cooked if they have not made it by 25, at a moment when so many women are trying desperately, and too often failing, to return to work after taking time off to raise children, Maddie Corman’s star turn is an anomaly worth noting — impractical as inspiration goes, but cheering nonetheless.

    Parenting has indeed helped her acting, said Corman, who is now 40 (and who, by the way, deserves celebration as an actor if only because she gives her age freely). “I’m so tired all the time that I think it makes me open and vulnerable to more emotions,” she said. “I have three kids. Someone has a nightmare, or someone’s throwing up, or someone fell out of bed.”

 

 



 

NEXT FALL Plays Final Week of Performances, Closes 7/4
by BWW News Desk Jun. 28, 2010  
The Tony-nominated Best Play NEXT FALL, presented by Elton John & David Furnish, written by Geoffrey Nauffts and directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller, will play its final eight performances this week at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street). The production will close after the 3:00 PM matinee on Sunday, July 4, 2010 after 26 previews and 132 regular performances.

NEXT FALL opened on Broadway on March 11, 2010 to unanimous critical acclaim:

"The FUNNIEST HEARTBREAKER IN TOWN! NEXT FALL embodies something theatergoers have been sorely missing, perhaps without knowing it, for years. A SMART, SENSITIVE, IMMENSELY APPEALING and utterly contemporary New York comedy." -New York Times. "FIVE STARS. THE BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY OF THE BROADWAY SEASON, NEXT FALL leaves you thinking about rapture and rupture. If you go, which you should, be prepared to laugh some, perhaps to cry some, and then to rise in appreciation." -Time Out New York. "COMPASSIONATE, LAUGH-FILLED and ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING. Geoffrey Nauffts invests the play with a generosity that doesn't prejudge, embracing both the virtues and foibles of his characters. And that inclusion makes NEXT FALL an even richer experience." -Associated Press. "A DARING NEW DRAMA." -Entertainment Weekly. "DEEPLY MOVING AND SURPRISINGLY FUNNY. Geoffrey Nauffts reveals a talent for sharp comic dialogue. He draws all his characters with surprising depth." -Hollywood Reporter.

NEXT FALL had its world premiere in a Naked Angels production, opening to critical acclaim on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and played a sold-out run off-Broadway through August 8, 2009. NEXT FALL transferred to Broadway and opened on March 11, 2010 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The play was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best New Play. Director Sheryl Kaller received a Tony nomination for Best Director, and Sean Dugan was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor. Geoffrey Nauffts received the 2010 Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award for his writing achievement.

NEXT FALL stars 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 for NEXT FALL 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 (Geoffrey Nauffts, Artistic Director; John Alexander, Managing Director; Andy Donald, Associate Artistic Director; Brittany O'Neill, Producer). Susan Mindell is the Executive Producer.

Geoffrey Nauffts' NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the 5-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.

 



 

2012 NEWS

 

Next Fall, With Julie White, Patrick Breen, Patrick Heusinger and Maddie Corman, Begins in L.A.
By Adam Hetrick
Jan 19, 2012
The L.A. Theatre Works production of Geoffrey Nauffts' Tony Award-nominated play Next Fall, starring Tony Award winner Julie White and members of the original Broadway cast, begins performances Jan. 19.

Original New York cast members Patrick Breen, Patrick Heusinger and Maddie Corman reunite for the Los Angeles staging that is directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Performances continue through Jan. 22 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater.

Breen (The Normal Heart) plays Adam, opposite Heusinger as his partner Luke. Corman portrays best gal-pal Holly. Breen, Heusinger and Corman were all part of the 2009 Off-Broadway world premiere of Next Fall and repeated their work uptown when the play transferred to Broadway in 2010. It received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

They are joined by Tony winner White (The Little Dog Laughed, The Understudy) as Luke's mother, Arlene, Sam McMurray ("State of the Nation," "Christmas Vacation") as Butch and Jeremy Webb (The Visit, The Glorious Ones) as Brandon.

Here's how LATW bills Next Fall: "Two men in love, two parents in denial, and two friends on speed dial. Luke believes in God, while Adam believes in everything else. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke's family and friends for support… and answers."

All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing." For more information visit latw.org. The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA.

 

 



Cast

PATRICK BREEN (Adam)
is a member of Naked Angels appearing in Coq Au Vin by Jon Robin Baitz, The Cause by Frank Pugliese, The 'Tres Riches Heures' of the Duke of Berry by Kenneth Lonnergan, Scandinavian Scorpions by Nicole Burdette, and Passion Play by Pippin Parker. Other theatre credits include: Celebration/The Room and The Hothouse at Atlantic, Fuddy Meers and Night and Her Stars at MTC, Ten Unknowns at The Taper, Life and Limb, The Substance of Fire, and Baby Anger at Playwright's Horizons, A View of The Dome at NYTW, Sideman at NYS&F; and Brighton Beach Memoirs and Big River on Broadway. Television credits include: "Nurse Jackie," "Three Rivers," "Ghost Whisperer," "ER," "Eli Stone," "Kevin Hill," "Sex and The City," "Will and Grace," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Law and Order," and "21 Jump Street." Films: Ishtar, Galaxy Quest, Men In Black, Radio, One True Thing, Just a Kiss, The Neighbor, The Vampire's Assistant and the upcoming Country Road K.
MADDIE CORMAN (Holly)
originated the role of "Holly" in the Naked Angels Off-Broadway production of Next Fall. Maddie started her career as a teenager in multiple after school specials and such 80s movies as Seven Minutes in Heaven and Some Kind Of Wonderful. She went on to appear in films including My New Gun, Ford Fairlane, Swingers, PCU, Mr. Wrong, I Think I Do, Mickey Blue Eyes, Maid In Manhattan, Beer League, Ira and Abby, Phoebe In Wonderland, Sunshine Cleaning, and Adam. On TV, Maddie played Laura San Giacomo's best friend in the CBS film "Jenifer" and she was a series regular on both "Mr. President" and "All American Girl." Maddie's many guest spots include "Frasier," "Law and Order," "Tracy Takes On," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law and Order: SVU," and "Damages" Last year she shot David Milch's HBO pilot "Last of the Ninth." On stage, Maddie has appeared in numerous Off Broadway productions including stints at the Public Theatre, Second Stage, AJT and the Directors Company. She starred in the revival of Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic at the Tribeca Playhouse. In the next few months Maddie will be seen in the indie films Please Give and It's Not You, as well as the feature Morning Glory. A phi beta kappa graduate of Barnard College, Maddie lives in Westchester with her husband, director Jace Alexander and their 3 nutty kids-Isabelle Moon, Mac and Finn.
SEAN DUGAN (Brandon).
Off-Broadway: Next Fall, The English Channel, Perfect Harmony, BFF, Nerds, Valhalla, Corpus Christi, Flesh & Blood, Shakespeare's R & J. Regional: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Roundhouse Theatre; Rough Crossing, Yale Repertory Theatre; The Cry of The Reed, Huntington Theatre Company; The English Channel, Walsh Theater/Vineyard Playhouse; The Four of Us, The Old Globe; Three Sisters, Enrico Four, Antigone, The Doctor's Dilemma, Loot, Richard II, Idiots Karamazov, Cripple of Inishmaan, American Repertory Theatre; The Seagull, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, California Shakespeare Festival; Spring Forward, Fall Back, Theatre J and Vineyard Playhouse. National Tour: Swiss Family Robinson. International: Three Sisters at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Gigantic, Trust the Man, Company Man, Overnight Sensation, "The Good Wife," "Fringe," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Beat," "Oz". EDUCATION: B.A. Theater Arts, Brandeis University.
PATRICK HEUSINGER (Luke)
is best-known for his role as "Lord Marcus" on the CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl." Additionally in television, he will next appear in a recurring role on "Rescue Me", and has recently guest-starred on "The Good Wife" and "30 Rock." He has appeared in films such as The Nanny Diaries, Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Sweetland (winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature) and Skin Deep. Heusinger starred as Lancelot, French Taunter, Knight Who Says Ni, Tim the Enchanter, et al in the national tour of Spamalot. Other theater credits include Fyedka in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof and The Papermill Playhouse's production of Godspell. He recently participated in workshops of Kyle Jarrow's and Nathan Leigh's Big Money with director Shira Milikowski at Ars Nova, and the title character in Steven Sater's Prometheus Bound for director Diane Paulus. Heusinger is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL and currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
CONNIE RAY (Arlene)
is an actress and writer living in LA. Her film credits include Flags Of Our Fathers, Thank You For Smoking, About Schmidt, Bobby Jones: Stroke Of Genius, Ice Princess, Hope Floats, Stuart Little, Welcome To Paradise, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Flourish, Time Machine, Lost Souls, Idle Hands, My Fellow Americans. In addition to her starring role in the NBC sitcom "The Torkelsons," Ms. Ray has guest starred on numerous television series including recurring roles on "Worst Week," "Providence," "The Pretender," "Entourage," "Greek," "My Name is Earl," and "The George Lopez Show." In New York, she appeared on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles and numerous Off and Off-Off Broadway shows including Smoke on the Mountain, which Ms. Ray also wrote. Smoke on the Mountain ran Off-Broadway for 14 months and was subsequently the most produced musical in America for the last 18 years. The film of Smoke on the Mountain will have songs written by Dolly Parton.
COTTER SMITH (Butch)

returned to New York from Los Angeles last summer for the Off Broadway premiere of Next Fall. His last Broadway appearance was in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter. Other New York theatre credits include Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned To Drive and The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas, both for the Vineyard Theatre; Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier's Play with the Negro Ensemble Company; Athol Fugard's The Blood Knot with Danny Glover at the Roundabout Theatre; as well as many new American plays, most as a long standing member of the Circle Repertory Company, including Lanford Wilson's Burn This. He is also a founding member of the Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles where his many roles include The Homecoming, The Seagull, Endgame and The Tavern, for which he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lead Performance, and he co-starred with Judd Hirsch in the National Tour of the Tony Award winning play Art. His television and film work ranges from his debut many years ago as Robert Kennedy in the mini-series "Blood Feud" to his role as the President of the United States in X2: X-Men United, and he can be seen in the new Barry Levinson HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," as a prosecutor trying to put away the infamous Dr. Kevorkian, portrayed by Al Pacino. He also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2009 MethodFest Independent Film Festival for the new film Lunatics, Lovers and Poets. He has appeared in over fifty television shows along the way, from the early days of "Hill Street Blues" to last season's "Brothers and Sisters."

Creative

GEOFFREY NAUFFTS (Author)

Geoffrey has worked as an actor both on and off Broadway, regionally and extensively in film and television. He has directed short plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese, David Marshall Grant, Theresa Rebeck and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as Naked Angels’ critically acclaimed productions of Steven Belber’s Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London. He wrote, directed and co-starred in the award-winning short film Baby Steps with Kathy Bates and co-wrote Jenifer, a movie of the week for CBS. He is currently collaborating with Anthony Barrile and Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay he co-wrote with Barrile for Ben Stiller’s company, Red Hour. In the fall of 2007, he took over as artistic director of Naked Angels where he has been a member for over twenty-two years.

SHERYL KALLER (Director)

Sheryl most recently directed Dangerous Beauty; music by Michele Brourman, lyrics by Amanda McBroom and book by Jeannine Dominy at the American Music Theatre Project, Adrift in Macao, music by Peter Melnick, book and lyrics by Christopher Durang at Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theater Company, The Pursuit of Happiness by Richard Dresser at the Hudson Stage Company, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman at The York Theater. She has directed at many theaters, including The New Group, Primary Stages, New York Stage and Film, (Eight Seasons), Naked Angels, A.C.T., Philadelphia Theater Company, The Rubicon, The York, EST, National Theater of the Deaf, Man In The Moon (London). Sheryl co-founded and was the Artistic Director of Two Island Productions, a New York and Bermuda-based theater company. Upcoming: I Loved Lucy by Lee Tannes, Last Smoker In America, music by Peter Melnick, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by David Spencer.
 

WILSON CHIN (Set Design)

New York: 10 things to do before I die, Len, Asleep in Vinyl, The Dear Boy (Second Stage Theatre), Masked (Daryl Roth Theatre), Dark Matters (Second Stage Theatre), Boom, (Ars Nova), King of Shadows (Working Theatre), Christine Jorgensen Reveals (New World Stages), The Voyage of the Carcass (Soho Playhouse). Opera: Lucio di Lammermoor and The Saint of Bleecker Street (Central City Opera), Don Giovanni (San Francisco Opera), Dido and Aeneas (NY Chamber Opera). Regional: Dying City (Hartford Stage), The Way of the World (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The America Plan (The Old Globe), The Violet Hour (Barrington Stage), Trinity Rep, ACT, Two River Theatre, Indiana Rep, Geva Theatre, Portland Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse, Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ amd MFA: Yale School of Drama.

JEFF CROITER (Lighting Design)

NYC credits include: Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway; concerts at the New Amsterdam including Chess, Hair, and On The 20th Century: Jerry Springer The Opera; Rufus Wainwright’s Judy Concert at Carnegie Hall; Streamers; The Voysey Inheritance; Adrift In Macao; Things We Want; The Internationalist; Burleigh Grime$; Drumstick; Jacques Brel; I Love You Because; Rope; Almost; Maine; Trumbo; Matt & Ben; Cam Jansen; Miss Witherspoon; Privilege; The Dazzle; Fiction. Regional: The Old Globe, La Jolle Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, McCarter Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House and NY Stage and Film.
 

BARBARA MANOCHERIAN (Producer)

Two-time Tony® Award winner for Hair and The Norman Conquests. Ms. Manocherian has also produced The 39 Steps (winner of two Tony® and a Drama Desk Award), Sunday In The Park With George (Tony® Nominated), Cyrano de Bergerac and Butley (with Nathan Lane). She has also been involved with numerous off-Broadway and West End productions. Ms. Manocherian is a proud supporter of Naked Angels and has worked with Geoffrey Nauffts in bringing NEXT FALL to Broadway. Ms. Manocherian is a Tony® voter and member of The Broadway League.

RICHARD WILLIS (Producer)

Co-owner and managing Partner of RICHMARK Entertainment, owner and/or operator of the Wadsworth, Brentwood and Helen Hayes Theatres. Mr. Willis is a Tony® award nominee and an Ovation award winning Producer/Presenter of all forms of live entertainment in LA, NY, FL, SF and the rest of the country. Mr. Willis renovated and operates the 1400-seat Wadsworth Theatre and the beautiful, 499-seat, landmark Brentwood Theatre and several outdoor venues in Los Angeles (Brentwood), California. Some of Mr. Willis’ Producer/Presenter credits include: Tony winner and nominee for Best Play (2009) 33 Variations with Jane Fonda, Tony® winner Judy Kaye in Souvenir, Eve Ensler in her LA stage debut in The Good Body, Tovah Feldshuh in Golda’s Balcony, Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Steve Tyrell in Concert, Adam Pascal Live!, Renee Taylor, Joe Bologna and Lainie Kazan in Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy, Broadway Star: 911 Red Cross Benefit, Ennio, Saturday Night at Grossingers, George Gershwin Alone and the national tour of Irving Berlin’s: I Love A Piano.  Mr. Willis is a Tony® voter, member of The Broadway League and an alumnus of Brown University.

NAKED ANGELS

NAKED ANGELS was formed in 1986 by a group of restless and ambitious artists reacting to a void in the theater community for new and creative voices. The company took its name from John Tytell’s book, Naked Angels, which referred to the Beats as “a generation that wanted to break out of convention and scream.” Sometimes outraged, often irreverent, occasionally absurd, and always intelligent, enthusiastic and fun, Naked Angels’ work was a spark to which audiences were quickly drawn. Dedication to the emerging artist has led to the company’s reputation for developing and producing outstanding new plays; its long-running development programs- Tuesdays@9, 1st Mondays, and Angels In Progress (Next Fall grew through participation in each step of the process) are designed to nurture a playwright from the beginning stages of a work, and are all offered to artists and audiences free of charge. As a result of this three-step process, Naked Angels has presented hundreds of readings, workshops, and full-scale productions over the years, including Warren Leight’s Tony Award-winning Side Man, Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire, Kenneth Lonergan’s The Starry Messenger, David Marshall Grant’s Snakebit, and more recently Stephen Belber’s Tape, Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), Elizabeth Meriwether’s The Mistakes Madeline Made, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Armed and Naked in America—part of our signature Issues Project series - and Fault Lines, by Stephen Belber. Naked Angels is led by artistic director Geoffrey Nauffts, managing director John Alexander, associate artistic director Andy Donald, and producer Brittany O’Neill.

STUART THOMPSON PRODUCTIONS (General Manager)
Stuart Thompson has general managed over 50 of Broadway plays and musicals. This roster includes five of the longest-running plays of the last 15 years: 1996 Tony Award® Best Play Master Class, 1998 Tony Award® Best Play Art, 2001 Tony Award® Best Play & 2001 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play Proof, 2001 Tony Award® Best Play Nominee The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and 2005 Tony Award® Best Play Doubt. Some recent credits include: 2009 Tony Award® Best Play God of Carnage, Shrek The Musical, Exit The King, Boeing-Boeing, The Seagull, A Bronx Tale, Deuce, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Vertical Hour, Faith Healer, Three Days of Rain with Julia Roberts & Paul Rudd, On Golden Pond with James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams, Caroline or Change, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. Producing credits include God of Carnage (Tony Award), Exit The King, Deuce, The Year of Magical Thinking, On Golden Pond, The Retreat From Moscow, The Play What I Wrote, Proof (Tony Award), Not About Nightingales, The Chairs, Art (Tony Award), and The Old Neighborhood.
SPOTCO (Advertising)

SpotCo, owned by Drew Hodges and Jim Edwards, is one of the world’s leading full-service entertainment advertising and branding agencies. SpotCo’s work spans a broad base of categories from theater and live entertainment to cultural institutions, museums, film, television, publishing and music. Clients include Radio City Music Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, The New York Botanical Garden, Cirque du Soleil, The Disney Channel, and many Broadway shows including Chicago, Billy Elliot, Hair, In The Heights and West Side Story. Our Broadway clients represent 7 Pulitzer Prize winners, 6 of 8 “Best Show” category Tony Award® winners of the past 2 seasons, and 72 Tony nominations in 2009 alone.
 

BONEAU/BRYAN BROWN (General Press Representative)

Formed in 1991 by Chris Boneau and Adrian Bryan-Brown, who jointly bring more than 40 years experience serving as press representatives on more than 200 productions on and off-Broadway, on national tour and in Europe. A representative collection of Boneau/Bryan Brown’s current, recent and upcoming clients include: The 39 Steps, Dirty Dancing, The First Wives Club, God Of Carnage, Jersey Boys (Broadway, London, Las Vegas, Chicago and the National Tour), Mamma Mia! (NY, National Tours, and numerous international productions), Shrek, Spider-Man, Stomp (New York, Las Vegas, London and the European Tour), The Norman Conquests, Mary Stuart, Burn The Floor, A Little Night Music, and Neil Simons Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. Pulitzer Prize winners include: Angels in America, Doubt, Proof, Rabbit Hole, Top Dog/Underdog, Wit, and Ruined. Recent film work includes the Broadway outreach for “Mamma Mia!”, “Doubt”, “Dreamgirls”, “Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges”, and “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”.  For 16 years, Boneau/Bryan-Brown served as Walt Disney Theatrical Productions’ publicist and public relations strategist launching Disney on Broadway.

ALLIED LIVE (Marketing & Interactive)

is a full-service entertainment marketing and advertising agency representing numerous Broadway shows, national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Current clients include: Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, RENT, Hair, Legally Blonde, Billy Elliot, STOMP, In The Heights, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, Cirque du Soleil, Feld Entertainment, Million Dollar Quartet (Chicago), Washington National Opera (Washington, D.C.), Reprise Theatre Company (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Broadway By The Bay (San Francisco), Music Center (Los Angeles) and Hollywood & Highland Center.

HOWIE CHERPAKOV (Casting)

Broadway: The Seafarer, Coram Boy, Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun. National Tours: Dirty Dancing, Chicago (seven National & International Companies), South Pacific. Off-Broadway/Regional: 2009 & 2008 NY Stage & Film Seasons (Vassar College), Fault Lines (Naked Angels), This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre, London), Ahrens’ & Flaherty’s The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theatre & Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Rock Doves, A Tribute to Brian Friel (Irish Arts Center), The Opposite of Sex (Magic Theatre, SF-world premiere), Flight, In This House (Melting Pot Theatre Co.), This Is Our Youth. Member of Casting Society of America.


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