Next Fall: Broadway Drama Explores Faith and Love
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. 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.”