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Geoffrey Nauffts' Critically Acclaimed New Play "Next Fall" Comes to Broadway This Spring



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) are pleased to announce that NEXT FALL, the critically-acclaimed new play by Geoffrey Nauffts and directed by Sheryl Kaller, will open on Broadway on Thursday, March 11, 2010 with preview performances beginning in mid-February, 2010 at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street).

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. NEXT FALL played a sold-out run off-Broadway, extending three times, and played through August 8th.

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.

NEXT FALL received unanimous critical acclaim in its off-Broadway premiere…
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.”
Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

Casting, ticketing and additional production information will be announced soon.

GEOFFREY NAUFFTS (Playwright) has worked as an actor both on and off Broadway, regionally and extensively in film and television. He's directed short plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese, David Marshall Grant, Theresa Rebeck and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as the critically acclaimed production 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's 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's been a proud member for over twenty-two years. His play Next Fall was the winner of the 2008 Theater Visions Fund Award from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

SHERYL KALLER (Director) most recently directed Dangerous Beauty music by Michele Brourman, lyrics by Amanda McBroom and book by Jeannine Dominy at the American Music Theater Project, Adrift In Macao music by Peter Melnick, book and lyrics by Christopher Durang at Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theater Comapny, Jayson With A Y by Darci Picoult at The New Group, The Pursuit Of Happiness by Richard Dresser at the Hudson Stage Company, The Molly Maguires music and lyrics by Sid Cherry, book by Bill Strzempeck at the Berry Center for the Performing Arts., 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, Naked Angels, A.C.T., Philadelphia Theater Company, The Rubicon, The York, EST, National Theater of the Deaf, Man In The Moon (London. She was a member of the former Circle Rep Lab and the recipient of a Dramalogue Award/ Best New Musical. Sheryl co-founded and was the Artistic Director of Two Island Productions, a New York and Bermuda-based theater company devoted to developing and producing original plays, playwright retreats/ workshops, screenplays, concerts and youth arts and education programs. Upcoming: I Loved Lucy by Lee Tannen, 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 among others.

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