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NEXT FALL BEGINS PREVIEWS ON BROADWAY, 2/16

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Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis and Anthony Barrile in association with Naked Angels (Geoffrey Nauffts, Artistic Director; John Alexander, Managing Director; Andy Donald, Associate Artistic Director; Brittany O'Neill, Producer) are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed original cast will return for the Broadway run of NEXT FALL, the new American play by Geoffrey Nauffts and directed by Sheryl Kaller. The production will open on Broadway on Thursday, March 11, 2010 with preview performances beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street).

NEXT FALL stars Patrick Breen as Adam, Maddie Corman as Holly, Sean Dugan as Brandon, Patrick Heusinger as Luke, Connie Ray as Arlene and Cotter Smith as Butch.

NEXT FALL had its world premiere in a Naked Angels production, opening to critical acclaim on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. NEXT FALL played a sold-out run off-Broadway, extending three times, and played through August 8th.

Geoffrey Nauffts' NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the 5-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.

Geoffrey Nauffts (Playwright) 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. He's currently collaborating with Anthony Barrile and Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay he co-wrote with Barrile for Ben Stiller's company, Red Hour. In the fall of 2007 he took over as artistic director of Naked Angels where he's been a proud member for over twenty-two years. His play Next Fall was the winner of the 2008 Theater Visions Fund Award from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Sheryl Kaller (Director) most recently directed the acclaimed Naked Angels production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. Other credits: Dangerous Beauty at A.M.T.P.; Adrift In Macao at Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theater Company; Jayson With a Y at The New Group; and The Pursuit Of Happiness at the Hudson Stage Company. Ms. Kaller has also directed at New York Stage and Film, A.C.T., The Rubicon, E.S.T., Man In The Moon (London), and the National Theater of the Deaf. Upcoming projects include The Last Smoker in America (NYMF 2009) and I Loved Lucy by Lee Tannen. A member of the former Circle Rep Lab and the recipient of a Dramalogue Award for Best New Musical, Ms. Kaller was also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Two Island Productions.

Patrick Breen (Adam) is a member of Naked Angels appearing in Coq Au Vin by Jon Robin Baitz, The Cause by Frank Pugliese, The ‘Tres Riches Heures' of the Duke of Berry by Kenneth Lonnergan, Scandinavian Scorpions by Nicole Burdette, and Passion Play by Pippin Parker. Other theatre credits include: Celebration/The Room and The Hothouse at Atlantic, Fuddy Meers and Night and Her Stars at MTC, Ten Unknowns at The Taper, Life and Limb, The Substance of Fire, and Baby Anger at Playwright's Horizons, A View of The Dome at NYTW, Sideman at NYS&F and Brighton Beach Memoirs and Big River on Broadway. Television credits include: "Nurse Jackie," "Three Rivers," "Ghost Whisperer," "ER," "Eli Stone," "Kevin Hill," "Sex and The City," "Will and Grace," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Law and Order," and "21 Jump Street." Films: Ishtar, Galaxy Quest, Men In Black, Radio, One True Thing, Just a Kiss, The Neighbor, The Vampire's Assistant and the upcoming Country Road K.

MADDIE CORMAN (Holly) originated the role of "Holly" in the Naked Angels Off-Broadway production of Next Fall. Maddie started her career as a teenager in multiple after school specials and such 80s movies as Seven Minutes in Heaven and Some Kind Of Wonderful. She went on to appear in films including My New Gun, Ford Fairlane, Swingers, PCU, Mr. Wrong, I Think I Do, Mickey Blue Eyes, Maid In Manhattan, Beer League, Ira and Abby, Phoebe In Wonderland, Sunshine Cleaning, and Adam. On TV, Maddie played Laura San Giacomo's best friend in the CBS film "Jenifer" and she was a series regular on both "Mr. President" and "All American Girl." Maddie's many guest spots include "Frasier," "Law and Order," "Tracy Takes On," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law and Order: SVU," and "Damages" Last year she shot David Milch's HBO pilot "Last of the Ninth." On stage, Maddie has appeared in numerous Off Broadway productions including stints at The Public Theatre, Second Stage, AJT and The Directors Company. She starred in the revival of Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic at the Tribeca Playhouse. In the next few months Maddie will be seen in the indie films Please Give and It's Not You, as well as the feature Morning Glory. A phi beta kappa graduate of Barnard College, Maddie lives in Westchester with her husband, director Jace Alexander and their 3 nutty kids-Isabelle Moon, Mac and Finn.

Sean Dugan (Brandon). Off-Broadway: Next Fall, The English Channel, Perfect Harmony, BFF, Nerds, Valhalla, Corpus Christi, Flesh & Blood, Shakespeare's R & J. Regional: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Roundhouse Theatre; Rough Crossing, Yale Repertory Theatre; The Cry of The Reed, Huntington Theatre Company; The English Channel, Walsh Theater/Vineyard Playhouse; The Four of Us, The Old Globe; Three Sisters, Enrico Four, Antigone, The Doctor's Dilemma, Loot, Richard II, Idiots Karamazov, Cripple of Inishmaan, American Repertory Theatre; The Seagull, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, California Shakespeare Festival; Spring Forward, Fall Back, Theatre J and Vineyard Playhouse. National Tour: Swiss Family Robinson. International: Three Sisters at the Edinburgh InterNational Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Gigantic, Trust the Man, Company Man, Overnight Sensation, "The Good Wife," "Fringe," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Beat," "Oz". EDUCATION: B.A. Theater Arts, Brandeis University.

Patrick Heusinger (Luke) is best-known for his role as "Lord Marcus" on the CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl." Additionally in television, he will next appear in a recurring role on "Rescue Me", and has recently guest-starred on "The Good Wife" and "30 Rock." He has appeared in films such as The Nanny Diaries, Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Sweetland (winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature) and Skin Deep. Heusinger starred as Lancelot, French Taunter, Knight Who Says Ni, Tim the Enchanter, et al in the national tour of Spamalot. Other theater credits include Fyedka in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof and The Papermill Playhouse's production of Godspell. He recently participated in workshops of Kyle Jarrow's and Nathan Leigh's Big Money with director Shira Milikowski at Ars Nova, and the title character in Steven Sater's Prometheus Bound for director Diane Paulus. Heusinger is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL and currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

CONNIE RAY (Arlene) is an actress and writer living in LA. Her film credits include Flags Of Our Fathers, Thank You For Smoking, About Schmidt, Bonny Jones: Stroke Of Genius, Ice Princess, Hope Floats, Stuart Little, Welcome To Paradise, Speed 2: Cruise Control. In addition to her starring role in the NBC sitcom "The Torkelsons," Ms. Ray has guest starred on numerous television series including recurring roles on "Worst Week," "Providence," and "The Pretender." In New York, she appeared on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles and numerous Off and Off-Off Broadway shows including Smoke on the Mountain, which Ms. Ray also wrote. Smoke on the Mountain ran Off-Broadway for 14 months and was subsequently the most produced musical in America for the last 18 years. The screenplay of Smoke on the Mountain will have songs written by Dolly Parton.

Cotter Smith (Butch) returned to New York from Los Angeles last summer for the Off Broadway premiere of Next Fall. His last Broadway appearance was in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter. Other New York theatre credits include Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned To Drive and The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas, both for the Vineyard Theatre; Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier's Play with the Negro Ensemble Company; Athol Fugard's The Blood Knot with Danny Glover at the Roundabout Theatre; as well as many new American plays, most as a long standing member of The Circle Repertory Company, including Lanford Wilson's Burn This. He is also a founding member of the Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles where his many roles include The Homecoming, The Seagull, Endgame and The Tavern, for which he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lead Performance, and he co-starred with Judd Hirsch in the National Tour of the Tony Award winning play Art. His television and film work ranges from his debut many years ago as Robert Kennedy in the mini-series "Blood Feud" to his role as the President of the United States in X2: X-Men United, and he can be seen in the new Barry Levinson HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," as a prosecutor trying to put away the infamous Dr. Kevorkian, portrayed by Al Pacino. He also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2009 MethodFest Independent Film Festival for the new film Lunatics, Lovers and Poets. He has appeared in over fifty television shows along the way, from the early days of "Hill Street Blues" to last season's "Brothers and Sisters."

For more information, visit www.NextFallBroadway.com.

Source: BroadwayWorld.com'


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