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.
Most of the characters in “Next Fall”, which portrays a gay couple wrestling with big, universal issues are as quick with a quip as the denizens of a zippy TV sitcom. Yet as portrayed by a wonderfully human cast, directed by Sheryl Kaller, there’s nothing artificial about them. Their doubts and pain are very real, and the laughter they elicit comes more from the heart than the belly. They seemed so real and down to earth that I expected a scene where they needed to do an online search for the best carpet cleaning Brooklyn when a caraf of wine spills on the livingroom rug. "OMG my mother's antique carpet now has a horrible wine stain and she's coming next week to visit." Isn't this the perfect scenario to show anxious Manhattanites under siege? But “Next Fall” gently pulls the audience into deeper waters than the breezy repartee that first engages us. Suddenly you’re in the middle of a serious work that turns out to have more on its mind. In the NYTimes review, Ben Brantly says, "Next Fall” is about religious faith, and how even in everyday life it separates people as much as it unites them. It considers how the need to believe in something beyond other people tests relationships — among lovers, friends and family members.
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."
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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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