Really not prepared to think about next fall yet!
Friday night, CU Players continued their production of Next Fall that ran from Thursday through Saturday. To see what the play was all about, Avid Acting Admirer Ali Sawyer went out to Friday night’s performance and reports on how it went.
Featuring talk of (abandoned) yoga mats, gayness, hypochondria, and religion, the topics of Next Fall, a 2009 play by Geoffrey Nauffts, are familiar to all of us. From the mundane to the profound, the play is a familiar and personal choice for a Columbia audience. Since we are bound to see our own qualities reflected in the characters, the show can suck us down an emotional sinkhole.
That’s what it did to me, anyway. I left feeling emotionally drained. It speaks to the strength of the acting that the play can hit such highs and lows of emotion side by side. Next Fall is played by a small and mighty cast of just six actors. Jumping through time out of chronological order, they tell the story of a gay couple, Luke and Adam, who struggle to make sense of their conflicting religious views.
The play begins with a dingy couch in a hospital waiting room. Three young friends and two older people, Luke’s parents, anxiously await word on Luke, who has been severely injured in an accident. Only after the play leaps back to an earlier year and then returns to the waiting room do we learn that Adam and Luke were in a relationship.
Luke and Adam, played by Aaron Kane and Zachary Flick, respectively, capture the playfulness of a new relationship with their scarcely-contained peppiness. The story soon shifts to heavier territory (although Flick persists with a jumpy quality for his character throughout): Luke and Adam’s relationship issues. While Luke is a devout Christian, stuck with the residue of his strict religious upbringing; Adam is an atheist undeterred from grilling his partner on his beliefs.
Oh shit–how does that work out?