Next Fall: Broadway Drama Explores Faith and Love
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The last date listed for Next Fall was Saturday April 6, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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Winner of London's Olivier Award for Best New Play, this gripping and poetic drama envisions the events that might have taken place the evening before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The fictional reimagining begins on April 3, 1968, as King finishes delivering his impassioned "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. Exhausted, he retires to room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where he encounters a spirited young maid with whom he forges an unexpected relationship. During a conversation that ranges from the personal to the political, King finds himself confronting his own destiny and the fate of the very nation he's devoted his life to. Learn More
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Featured review from MN-B in Seattle
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Another very good offering from ArtsWest, "Next Fall" is a rather bittersweet exploration of love, loss, regret and the human soul. Although there were times that the chemistry between the "Adam" and "Luke" seemed a little questionable (especially where the bouts of playfulness seemed not spontaneous, but merely unmotivated), Christopher Zinovitch's portrayal of brave grief was convincing enough to bring quiet tears to the eyes of several audience members...myself included. Overall, it was a thought-provoking and emotion-moving play that likely has something to resonate with almost everyone, well-executed.
Next Fall is playwright Geoffrey Nauffts’ first theatrical play, after several years of acting, directing and writing for theatre, film and television. A writer for the long-running ABC hit series, Brothers and Sisters, Nauffts is currently collaborating with Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay written for Ben Stiller’s production company.
The ArtsWest cast includes Christopher Zinovitch (Adam), David Elwyn Traylor (Luke), Kate Witt (Holly), John Wray (Butch), Patricia Haines-Ainsworth (Arlene), Daniel Stoltenberg (Brandon).
“Next Fall is a perfect show for a venue such as ArtsWest,” notes Artistic Director Christopher Zinovitch. “This is a very personal, tight-focus play, and the intimacy of our performance space will create an intense emotional experience for the audience. Silences will be deafening, the tension electric.”