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'Next Fall' production to open May 3

May 2, 2012
 'Next Fall'
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Next Fall" by Geoffrey Nauffts at 7:30 p.m. May 3-5 and May 9-12, and at 1:30 p.m. May 6 in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Set in Manhattan, "Next Fall" takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. The story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, but goes beyond a typical love story. An accident soon changes everything, and through the process, the play causes audiences to consider what it means to believe and what it might cost not to.

The play was originally produced off-Broadway in 2009, but moved to Broadway in 2010. It has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award for Best Play.

The production is directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts and coordinator of the theatre arts division at UW-Eau Claire.

Cast members for "Next Fall" include senior J.T. Stocks, McFarland, as Adam; junior Nicolai Ketelsen, Tomah, as Luke; senior Siri Brobst, Rochester, Minn., as Holly; junior Sam Sirianni, Saint Paul, Minn., as Brandon; senior Katie Gerarden, De Pere, as Arlene; and senior Michael Renner, Waukesha, as Butch.

Junior Nate Plummer, Chippewa Falls, is the stage manager; Kevin Gawley, assistant professor of theatre arts, is the set designer; senior Cody Organ, Tomah, is the lighting designer; and Amanda Profaizer, assistance professor of dance, is the costume designer.

Please note that the play includes mature subject matter.

Tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $12 for the general public; $10 for those 62 and older, and faculty and staff with a university ID; $8 for those 17 and younger; and $4.50 for students with a university ID.

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