Next Fall

Next Fall

By Geoffrey Nauffts
Directed by Scott Edmiston

September 16 - October 15, 2011

A 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play, Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Luke, a devout Christian, and Adam, a non-believer, have been together for four years; yet spiritual differences continue to spark trouble in their relationship. A sudden twist of fate, however, changes everything in this compelling new play that looks at what it means to 'believe' and what it might cost us not to.

Estimated Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes with one intermission



AMELIA BROOME * (Arlene) is delighted to be returning to SpeakEasy, where she recently appeared as Mrs. Zero in Adding Machine: a Musical, Zandra/Irene/Mary in Jerry Springer-The Opera and as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza (2009 IRNE Award). Other credits include Becca in Two Wives in India at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate at the Lyric Stage; Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman show Tea at Five (IRNE nomination) at Worcester Foothills; I Can't Imagine Tomorrow at the inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival; and My Old Lady at Gloucester Stage. Amelia holds an MFA from Boston University and is currently on the acting faculty at Emerson College.


DEB MARTIN * (Holly) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy having played Corine in Triumph of Love. New York credits: 2nd National Tour ofVictor/Victoria (Victoria); Ivanov (Anna); Miss Julie (Kristín); The Balcony (Irma); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena); NYFringe revival of Americana Absurdum (Mother); & workshops of Jem & I by Ron Fitzgerald (Weeds) and Lunchtime by Greg Kotis (Urinetown). Boston credits: Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (NSMT); Stephanie in Nine (Publick); and Trina in Falsettos (Company Theater). Film: Spartan, directed by David Mamet. Deb holds a BFA in Theater (Emerson College), studied with Atlantic Theater Company in New York, & is a member of Actors' Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.


KEVIN KAINE* (Brandon) is aflame with excitement to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He is a native New Yorker, but now reside on the rough streets of West Cambridge. Boston credits include Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Galileo (Ludovico) and R&J (Paris). NY credits includeTis' Pity She's a Whore(Soranzo), Othello (Othello), Lie of the Mind (Jake) and The Madhouse in Mantua or Romeo's Magical Dream (his one man show). Respect to a terrific cast and Scott-E! Love to Ma Dukes, my sun and earth Snowpea & Aiden Noble,The Fam in law, Buttons and lil goose and the Wheeler family. Beantown showing love so I gots to show it back. Another brick baby. Live life, Love righteous.


WILL McGARRAHAN* (Adam) SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone; Reckless; Some Men; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Five By Tenn; Company; The Last Sunday in June; Elegies: A Song Cycle; Ruthless!; A Class Act ; and A New Brain. Other local credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November,Souvenir and Dirty Blonde (Lyric Stage); The Wind in the Willows and Happy Days (Gloucester Stage); A Moon For The Misbegotten and Buried Child (Nora Theater); The Wrestling Patient (SpeakEasy Stage/Boston Playwrights/FortyMagnolias); and 9 Circles (Publick Theatre). Will worked as an actor, singer and pianist for many years in Seattle before moving to Boston's South End.


DAN ROACH* (Luke) is beyond thrilled to be making his Speakeasy Stage debut, and to be working with such a talented group of artists. Some recent credits include: Boston: Murder on the Nile (Barnstormers), Bedroom Farce (Barnstormers), Othello (CSC) Othello (New England Shakespeare Ensemble), Macbeth (CSC/Shakespeare Now), The Comedy of Errors (CSC), The Rainmaker (Foothills Theatre) Othello (New Rep on Tour), As You Like It (CSC) Los Angeles: Stories of the Night Told Over (Hayworth Theatre), Still Photos (Celebration Theatre), In the Boom Boom Room (Underground Theatre), Illyria (The Hayworth Theatre),Stitching (Ark Theatre) New York: Tracers (Arthur Seleen Theatre), KTP (Abingdon Theatre), Curing Ron (American Theatre of Actors), Styrofoam (Trilogy Theatre), Two Rooms (Trilogy Theatre), Uncovering Eden (Wings Theatre), Deathtrap (Gallery Players), Yanni & Johnny (Theatron) TV: Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Las Vegas Education: BA - University of South Carolina, MFA - Brooklyn College. Dan is originally from Newport, RI. He is a proud member of The Actor's Equity Association


ROBERT WALSH* (Butch) Off-Broadway: Big Maggie (Douglas Fairbanks Theatre), Penelope (Perry St. Theatre), company member: Theater of the Open Eye. Boston: founding company member: Actors' Shakespeare Project; Ah, Wilderness!, Hamlet (Huntington Theatre Co.); Our Town, Mass Appeal (Merrimack Rep) Macbeth, Henry V (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses (Gloucester Stage Co.), among others. Regional: Anna Christie (StageWest); Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage Co.); Peter Pan (Barter Theatre); The Children's Hour (American Stage Festival). Television: Body of Proof (ABC); Matty's Waltz (ABC); One Life To Live (ABC); The Guiding Light (CBS); Another World (NBC). Films: Evening; State and Main; Amistad; Eight Men Out; The Spanish Prisoner; In Dreams; Turk 182! Faculty: A.R.T./Harvard MXAT and Brandeis University.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Production Staff

CARLOS AGUILAR (Costume Design) is excited to be working in his premiere production with SpeakEasy. Previous Work (Set Designer): Hound of the Baskervilles (Central Square Theater), Little Monsters (Primary Stages collaboration at Brandeis University), Sunday In The Park With George, Funnyhouse of a Negro (Brandeis University); (Prop Designer/Assistant Set Designer) Endgame, Woyzeck, Taming of the Shrew (Cutting Ball Theater Co.) He also worked for productions at Magic Theater in San Francisco and San Francisco State University. Carlos is a recent graduate at Brandeis University.

DEWEY DELLAY (Original Music/Sound Design) SpeakEasy: Last Sunday in June; Almost, Maine; Five by Tenn (IRNE Award – Best Sound), The Women (Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Sound Design), and The History Boys (IRNE nomination). Other credits include The Countess (London's West End/Criterion), 9 Parts of Desire (Elliot Norton Award), Miss Witherspoon, My Name is Asher Lev (Lyric Stage Company), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (New Rep). Dewey also wrote the music for the Emmy-nominated television show China's Mystery Mummies and his music is used on Oprah, and America’s Spookiest Places. He is currently composing music for his second season on the TV show Our America with Lisa Ling for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

SCOTT EDMISTON (Director) returns to SpeakEasy where he directed In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), The History Boys, The Light in the Piazza, Five by Tenn, Reckless, The Women, Last Sunday in June, and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. In 2009, he received SpeakEasy’s Outstanding Artist Award for his creative contributions to the theatre. He has directed more than 50 productions in Greater Boston, including the Lyric Stage Company, A.R.T., Huntington Theatre Company, New Rep, Opera Boston, Nora Theatre, and Gloucester Stage, among others. Highlights include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Marvelous Party, My Name is Asher Lev, Miss Witherspoon, Sunday in the Park with George, Private Lives, Betrayal, and Nixon in China. Scott has received three Elliot Norton Awards, two IRNE Awards, the StageSource Theatre Hero Award, and the 2011 Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Boston Theatre. He is also Director of the Office of the Arts at Brandeis University. Upcoming: Time Stands Still at Lyric and Long Day’s Journey Into Night at New Rep. For Julie.

JANIE HOWLAND (Scenic Designer) is honored to be working with Scott and the team again. Previous Speakeasy designs include: History Boys and 5 by Tenn. Other designs include: Big River (Lyric Stage Company), Tonya & Nancy (Oberon), Breaking the Code (Underground Railway), Spring Awakening and Little Women (Boston Children’s Theatre). Venues include: Weston Playhouse, NSMT, New Rep, ART Instit., Nora Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory, Wheelock Family Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210, Opera Boston, Emerson Stage, Barnstormers, Foothills Theatre. Founding member of CYCO SCENIC; MFA from Brandeis University; 2009, 2006 and 1997 winner of the Elliot Norton Award; 2007 & 2006 winner of the IRNE award; part time faculty at Wellesley College and Emerson College; USA local 829.

KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) is ecstatic to be back at SpeakEasy, where her favorite productions include The Great American Trailer Park Musical,The History Boys, Five By Tenn, Bat Boy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance, the last a co-production with Súgán Theatre Company. Her work is often seen at The Lyric Stage, New Rep., The Nora Theater, Underground Railway Theater, and Boston Midsummer Opera. Karen teaches and designs at MIT (yes, THAT MIT) and is a three-time IRNE Award-winner for Best Lighting Design.

JAMES WILKINSON (Props) comes to Speakeasy having just completed a season as the properties master for the Gloucester Stage Company 2011 season. He is a 2010 alum of Trinity College where he graduated with degrees in Theater and Dance (with honors) and English. Since then he has worked at various theater groups including The North Shore Music Theater, Apollinaire Theater and the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble. He is thrilled beyond words to be joining the Speakeasy team for the first time.

Geoffrey Nauffts
Geoffrey Nauffts


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 Naked Angels' critically acclaimed production of Steven Belber's Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London. As a writer, his credits include: Baby Steps, an award-winning short film starring Kathy Bates; Jenifer, a CBS movie of the week, and two seasons on ABC's hit series Brothers and Sisters. He is currently collaborating with Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Barrile for Ben Stiller's company, Red Hour, and is writing a movie entitled 81 Words for HBO based on an NPR This American Life segment. His critically acclaimed play Next Fall received the Outer Circle Critics' John Gasner Award in 2010 for Best New American Play, and was nominated for a Drama League, Outer Circle Critics, Drama Desk, and Tony Award for best play. He recently concluded a four-year term as artistic director of Naked Angels in New York City, where he's been a proud member for over twenty-five years.

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Next Fall
By Geoffrey Nauffts
Directed by Scott Edmiston

September 16 - October 15, 2011

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