Celebration Theatre Presents Houston Premiere of NEXT FALL, 8/22

Celebration Theatre Presents Houston Premiere of NEXT FALL, 8/22

Celebration presents the Houston premiere of the award-winning play NEXT FALL by Geoffrey Nauffts, directed by Ron Jones, from August 22 to September 15, 2012, atObsidian Art Space, located at 3522 White Oak Drive, Houston, Texas.

NEXT FALL is a contemporary love story which captured a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award as Best New American Play and a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. 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 five-year relationship between Adam, an agnostic and Luke, a devout Christian, 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. A hilarious and provocative look at faith, commitment, and unconditional love between two complicated men.

NEXT FALL is recommended for adult audiences as it contains strong language and mature themes.

The cast includes Brad Goertz, Zach Lewis, Bob Beaudreault, Matt Benton, Tek Wilson, and Daria James Allen.

The artistic team includes director Ron Jones, scenic designer Craig Allen, costume designer Macy Perrone, lighting & sound designer Jaime Martinez.

Geoffrey Nauffts’ play NEXT FALL received the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award in 2010 for “Best New American Play,” and was nominated for a Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Award for best play.

He directed Naked Angels’ critically acclaimed production of Stephen Belber’s Tape in New York, Los Angeles, and London and wrote and directed the award winning short film, Baby Steps, starring Kathy Bates. He co-wrote the movie of the week, Jennifer for CBS, and was a writer on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters for the last two seasons. He is currently collaborating with Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Barrile for Ben Stiller’s company, Red Hour, and is writing 81 Words, a movie for HBO based on an NPR This American Life segment.

He has acted on Broadway in A Few Good Men and Caine Mutiny Court Martial, as well as the national touring companies of Biloxi Blues and The Full Monty. Off Broadway, he’s appeared in June Moon, Maiden’s Prayer, Moonchildren, Snake Bit, and Everything Will Be Different. Regionally, he’s played at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Huntington, South Coast Rep., NY Stage and Film, and the Mark Taper Forum. Some of his film and TV credits include: Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda, Mississippi Burning, Field of Dreams, Six Feet Under, Lipstick Jungle, Homicide, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, From Earth to the Moon, all three Law and Orders, and three seasons on The Commish. He recently concluded a four-year stint as artistic director of Naked Angels where he’s been a proud member for more than 25 years.

For tickets, visit the website at celebrationtheatrehouston.com or call 832.303.4758. Previews run Aug 22 (benefit performance for Outreach United) and 23 (benefit performance for PFLAG) at 8 p.m. Tickets for previews are $25. All regular tickets are $24. The run continues on August 25, 26, 27 (pay as you want), 31, Sept 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., and Aug 26, Sept 2 and 9 at 3 p.m.

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