"Next Fall" at Stagecrafters in Royal Oak, takes compelling look at faith, love & commitment

"Next Fall" called "potent piece of ... theatre"

Next Fall is a critically-acclaimed play running at Stagecrafters in downtown Royal Oak through October 21st.  Tickets are available at the box office (248) 541-6430 or at http://www.stagecrafters.org/

Stagecrafters says , Variety Magazine calls Geoffrey Nauffts' critically-acclaimed play Next Fall , "A potent piece of political theatre."

The community theatre says, " with  gay marriage on the front burner in the upcoming election, audiences with a penchant for thought-provoking theatre will appreciate the richly-layered content and dialogue peppered with wit and true emotion."

Luke (Bailey Boudreau of Ferndale) is an aspiring, young actor living in Manhattan who struggles to balance his gay lifestyle with deeply in-grained Christian beliefs. He believes being gay is a sin. Adam (Jamie Richards of Birmingham) is a middle-aged teacher who is a bit of a hypochondriac and agnostic. When the two meet at a party, there is an instant spark, they become lovers, and the unlikely relationship develops.

The play begins with its ending. Luke has suffered a severe injury from an automobile accident, and is in a coma on life support at the hospital. He is surrounded by Adam, his parents Butch (Scott Huard of Clinton Twp) and Arlene (Jane MacFarlane of Pleasant Ridge), along with friend Holly (Trish Tytran of Sterling Heights) and former lover, Brandon (Rodel Salazar of Madison Heights). And by the way, Luke's parents do not know he is gay.

Through a series of flashback vignettes – speckled with both funny and serious moments – Luke and Adam's relationship is chronicled from the beginning. The audience discovers the obstacles, adjustments and commitment of their five year partnership.

Jerry Haines of Berkley chose to direct Next Fall for the creative script and smart content. "I like the way the story challenges thinking. Not to mention that in this time of civil unrest for GLBT people, as they fight for equal rights," say Haines. " This story looks at the love of two people in a climate where expressing that love is looked down upon," he says. 

Haines defines the play as a "layered work of art." He points out, "Every character struggles with his or her identity and what it means to 'be.'  The play examines this in both a humorous and dramatic way. And, it's a love story. This is a story about family, the family you are born into, and the family you choose for yourself. If you liked Steel Magnolias, you'll love Next Fall," says Haines.

Next Fall , by Geoffrey Nauffts, opened off-Broadway in 2009 and on Broadway in 2010, and was nominated for 2010 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction. Singer Elton John and life partner, David Furnish, joined the production team, lending their financial support and name recognition, to help Next Fall get to Broadway.

Advance tickets for performances are $14 per person.  Students will get half-price tickets on Thursday, October 18. Stagecrafters rated this production as PG-13. Tickets may be purchased online at  http://www.stagecrafters.org/ or by phone at 248-541-6430 using Visa or MasterCard.

All seats are reserved.  If shows have not sold out, tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the performance for an additional $2.00 per ticket.

Remaining show dates and times:             

Thursday, October 18            8:00 pm*                    

Friday, October 19                  8:00 pm                      

Saturday, October 20            8:00 pm                      

Sunday, October 21               2:00 pm                      

                 *Half-Price Student Night 
Next Fall Cast and Crew by Community


Jerry Haines (Director)



Jamie Richards (Adam)



Becca Wisnewski (Asst Director)


Clinton Twp

Scott Huard (Butch)



Bailey Boudreau (Luke)

Bill Glace (Producer)


Madison Heights

Rodel Salazar (Brandon)


Pleasant Ridge

Jane MacFarlane (Arlene)


Sterling Heights

Trish Tytran (Holly)