Thursday, January 5, 2012

Repertory Philippines presents "Next Fall" (Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2012)


Repertory Philippines offers Next Fall as its first production for 2012. Written by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts, and directed by Audie Gemora, Next Fall is a story about a gay couple who have conflicting views about religion. The play is showing on January 13-February 5, 2012 at the Onstage in Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

Next Fall is co-presented by the City of Makati, Enderun Colleges and Bellaroca Island Resort and Spa. It is presented by special arrangement with Creative Artists Agency.

Next Fall is a very 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. And when an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support and answers.

Next Fall paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment and faith. But ultimately, simply, it is about the transformative power of love.

The play takes place between 2000 and 2005 in New York City. The present narrative takes place in a hospital waiting room where Adam, Brandon, Holly and Luke’s parents have gathered after he is hit by a runaway cab. Interspersed with these chronological scenes are flashback scenes showing how Luke and Adam met, fell in love and constructed a life together with the final flashback occurring the day before Luke’s accident.

Luke is a devout born-again Christian, which creates tension in his relationship with Adam and in his friendships with Brandon and Holly, and leads him to hide both his homosexuality and his relationship with Adam from his equally devout parents. In the present narrative in the hospital, Adam, Brandon, Holly and Luke’s parents deal with the fallout from these conflicts and secrets, while also struggling to understand what it means to be faithful in the face of the immense unpredictability and fragility of human life.

Bart Guingona as Adam; David Bianco as Luke

Next Fall is a romantic comedy, a tragedy, a family drama, an issue play, and a coming-of-age story. The discussion of faith is still central to the characters' experience.

Next Fall won the 2010 John Gassner Award for Geoffrey Nauffts. In the same year, the play was also nominated for the Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Play); Tony Awards (Best Play); Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding New Broadway Play).

 Meet the Playwright: Geoffrey Nauffts

Bart Guingona as Adam - a committed cynic, atheist and hypochondriac; Luke's boyfriend.  
David Bianco as Luke - a Born Again Christian and aspiring actor; Adam’s boyfriend.  
Liesl Batucan as Holly - Adam’s fag hag best friend and owner of the candle shop.
Niccolo Manahan as Brandon - a property manager; Luke’s friend. 
Juno Henares as Arlene - Luke’s mother.
Miguel Faustmann as Butch - a deeply religious man; Luke’s father and Arlene’s ex-husband.

Veteran actor-director Audie Gemora directs the play. This is Audie’s 3rd directorial job for Repertory Philippines (the other two were The Fantastiks and Equus).


January 13 (Fri) - 8pm
January 14 (Sat) - 3:30pm / 8pm
January 15 (Sun) - 3:30pm
January 20 (Fri) - 8pm
January 21 (Sat) - 3:30pm / 8pm
January 22 (Sun) - 3:30pm
January 27 (Fri) - 8pm
January 28 (Sat) - 3:30pm / 8pm
January 29 (Sun) - 3:30pm
February 3 (Fri) - 8pm
February 4 Sat) - 3:30pm / 8pm
February 5 (Sun) - 3:30pm

Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Associate Artistic Director), John Batalla (Lighting Designer) and Denis Lagdameo (Set Designer).

Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Ayam Barredo (Company Manager), Dingdong Rosales (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

Toots Tolentino (PR & Publicity) with Rem Zamora, Ayam Barredo and Oliver Usison (PR & Publicity, Marketing), Marie Talay and Rose Silva (Marketing & Sales) and Dave Fabros (Photography).

For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at (632) 571-6926 or 571-4941 or email Tickets are also available thru Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or Visit, subscribe to, and add “Rep Phils” on Facebook.

Next Fall is brought to you by the following sponsors: Ayala Malls, Business World, Ticketworld, Manila Bulletin, Her, Click the, Lane Moving and Storage,, 105.1 Crossover, Jam 88.3 and

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