Sunday, January 08, 2012

Rep's Next Fall, directed by Audie Gemora, opens this Friday, Jan. 13

Repertory Philippines ushers its 45th year this 2012 with its first production, “Next Fall,” a play that paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking some hard questions about commitment and faith and the transformative power of love. Veteran actor-director Audie Gemora directs.

“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 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.

Written by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts, “Next Fall” tells the 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.

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.

Other cast members include Liesl Batucan, who 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 as Brandon, Luke’s friend, a property manager, and like Luke, both gay and a born-again Christian; Juno Henares as Arlene, Luke’s mother, a former wild child who has since settled in to middle aged eccentricity; and Miguel Faustmann as Butch, Luke’s father and Arlene’s ex-husband, a deeply religious man.

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 Tickets are also available thru Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

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

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