Friday, December 16, 2011

Next Fall, Rep's first production for 2012, opens Jan. 13

After producing more than 900 plays and musicals through 74 seasons, Repertory Philippines ushers its 45th year this 2012 with its first production, “Next Fall.”

Written by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts, “Next Fall” is a moving story of Luke and Adam, a gay couple agonizing over differences in their religious faiths. The play portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty.

“Next Fall” paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment and faith. But ultimately, simply, it is about the transformative power of love.

The play won the 2010 John Gassner Award for Geoffrey Nauffts. In the same year, the play was also nominated for the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play; at the Tony Awards, for Best Play; and the Outer Critics Circle Awards, for Outstanding New Broadway Play.

The cast features Bart Guingona as Adam, a committed cynic, atheist and hypochondriac, while David Bianco plays the role of Luke, Adam’s boyfriend, a born-again Christian and aspiring actor. David hails from Michigan and this is his first foray into the local theater scene.


Liesl Batucan essays the role of Holly, Adam’s fag hag best friend and owner of the candle shop where both Adam and Luke work. Niccolo Manahan plays Brandon, Luke’s friend, a property manager. Like Luke, he is both gay and a born-again Christian. Juno Henares plays Arlene, Luke’s mother, a former wild child who has since settled in to middle aged eccentricity. Miguel Faustmann is Butch, Luke’s father and Arlene’s ex-husband, a deeply religious man.

Veteran actor-director Audie Gemora directs the play.

“Next Fall” runs January 13-February 5, 2012, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. All performances are at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

The artistic and creative team of “Next Fall” is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Associate Artistic Director), John Batalla (Lighting Designer) and Denis Lagdameo (Set Designer).

For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 or 571-4941 or email info@repertory.ph. Tickets are also available thru Ticketworld at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Visit www.repertory.ph, subscribe to youtube.com/repertoryphils, and add “Rep Phils” in Facebook.

“Next Fall” is presented by special arrangement with Creative Artists Agency.


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