Award-Winning Drama NEXT FALL Makes Its
Nashville Premiere at Actors Bridge Ensemble
2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play and Tony®-nominated for Best Play
directed by Ricardo Puerta
Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m.
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m.
Actors Bridge Studio at the LeQuire Gallery
4304-F Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 (entrance in rear of building)
Tickets in advance: $20
At the door: $25.
Following the Sunday, March 23 and Sunday, March 30 matinees, there will be Talk-Back conversations with the cast and leaders of the LGBT community including ministers, attorneys, activists and others.
Confirmed for March 23 are Pastor Cindy Andrews-Looper, Pastor of Holy Trinity Community Church (one of Nashville’s largest Welcoming/Affirming churches) and Steven Altum, HRC-Nashville (Human Rights Campaign) Co-Chair.
Confirmed for March 30 are Pastor Greg Bullard, Pastor of Covenant of the Cross (one of Nashville’s largest Welcoming/Affirming churches) and Steven Altum, HRC-Nashville (Human Rights Campaign) Co-Chair.
About the Play:
Every relationship requires a leap of faith. Luke and Adam are the contemporary "odd couple" in this witty, poignant love story. Adam is a responsible but neurotic atheist, while Luke is an impulsive, underemployed actor and a devout Christian. When the unforeseen happens, family and friends' deeply held beliefs collide. Through pain and laughter, intolerance and honesty, they discover how to live at the intersection of faith, love and acceptance. Called an "artful, thoughtful and very moving story," by the New York Times, NEXT FALL was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
“The subject matter of NEXT FALL is timely, important, and, unfortunately, more common than we think. Nashville is fortunate to have Actors Bridge bring this story of finding common ground at a time when many people let their fear prevent them from engaging in dialogue with others who they perceive to be different than themselves. Art imitating life gives us the opportunity to reflect, connect, and grow as a community.” Lisa Howe, Executive Director, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Directed by Ricardo Puerta, NEXT FALL stars Chuck Long, Conway Preston, Kara McLeland, Joe Blankenship, Phil Perry and Denice Hicks. The production stage manager is Shannon J. Spencer. NEXT FALL is part of Actors Bridge's 2014 The Secret's Out Season. Presenting stories that are often kept secret, this season explores cultural taboos in the service of creating community dialogue, inviting our audiences to consider their preconceptions and connect with their neighbors despite their differences.
About the Director:
Ricardo Puerta comes to Actors Bridge from his native Colombia. After immigrating to the United States, he was awarded a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began his career as a professional actor. Having recently moved to Nashville, Ricardo has been seen on many of the city's premiere stages, including featured roles at Actors Bridge, The Nashville Children's Theatre and The Nashville Shakespeare Festival. An inaugural member of the Sideshow Ensemble at Actors Bridge, Ricardo has been honing his skills as director, most recently assisting ABE Artistic Associate, Jessika Malone, on Sideshow @ Actors Bridge's regional premiere of SHE KILLS MONSTERS. Ricardo is excited to make his professional directing debut at Actors Bridge on this challenging and compelling new work.
About the Playwright:
Geoffrey Nauffts 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 with David Marshall Grant. He and Anthony Barrile are currently collaborating with Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay they wrote for Ben Stiller's company, Red Hour. His critically acclaimed play, Next Fall winner of the 2008 Theater Visions Fund Award from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation is currently playing to packed houses in its extended run at the Peter Jay Sharp. He is the current artistic director of Naked Angels where he's been a proud member for over twenty-three years.
About Actors Bridge Ensemble:
For the last 18 years, Actors Bridge has been a force on Nashville's cultural landscape. As an actor training program, we have worked with over 3,500 students who have gone on to perform on local, regional and national stages as well as film and television. There are few local productions that do not include a performer in some way influenced by Actors Bridge training. As a professional theatre company, our mission is to tell the stories that impact our community by producing provocative and socially relevant theatre, creating new theatrical works, showcasing emotionally authentic ensemble acting and fostering a nurturing environment for theatre artists at any stage in their professional development to take creative risks. We have produced over 75 plays, including 14 world premieres and 45 Nashville premieres. Some notable Nashville premieres include THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, NEVER THE SINNER, MARISOL and this season's NEXT FALL, BLACKBIRD and 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW. The company is led by co-founder Vali Forrister. For more information: actorsbridge.org
About Out & About Nashville:
From its first issue in the fall of 2002, Out & About Nashville (O&AN) has provided the Middle Tennessee LGBT community with breaking news, community spotlights and arts & entertainment features. O&AN is the only Tennessee LGBT publication with distribution not only across the state but also in more than 40 Middle Tennessee area Kroger, CVS and Harris Teeter stores. Launching new digital assets in 2013, O&AN continues to grow its brand within the Middle Tennessee LGBT community and beyond. For more than ten years, O&AN continues to sponsor LGBT and LGBT-themed organizations and events throughout Tennessee. For more information, visitoutandaboutnashville.com
About Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce: The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce advances common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace for its members, the LGBT community and allies by providing education, networking, and community building opportunities.
Actors Bridge Ensemble
We are a training program for new and seasoned actors.
We are a theatre company dedicated to telling the stories that need to be told in Nashville.
We are committed to taking big risks for the reward of authenticity on stage and in life.
We are in love with broadening what is considered theater in our community.
We are people who help others find their voice and speak their truths.
We believe in theater’s power to heal us in a thousand places we may not have realized needed healing.
We believe that the theater is a sacred calling: we make a promise to our community to stay emotionally connected in a world that praises going numb. We promise to feel and remind our audiences how good feeling can be.
We believe in the ensemble principle. The person you see on stage in one show you will likely see behind the light board in the next. The person selling tickets may also be a budding new playwright. Your usher is likely an aspiring actor.
Our mission is tell the stories that matter to Nashville as we train theater artists, produce socially conscious plays, create new work, expand what counts as theater in our community, and help artists and audiences find their authentic voice and speak easy on stage and in life.
Phone Number: 615-498-4077. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio location: Darkhorse Chapel, 4610 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
We perform at the Darkhorse and at Belmont University's Troutt Theater Complex, where we are the professional theater in residence.