Afterglow by S Asher Gelman
Midnight Theatricals presents the this new drama that explores the complexities of polyamory.
“Afterglow” is a raw, one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships.
Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
Brandon Haagenson – Josh
New York: My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Midlife Crisis (St. Luke’s/Snapple), The Vanity (Clurman – Theatre Row), FringeNYC, Manhattan Repertory. Touring: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Lumiere u/s). Regional: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, NC Theatre, North Shore, Ocean State, Gateway, Stages St. Louis, Disney Cruise Line. B.F.A. Millikin University. All the thanks to Asher and this incredible team! Love to MDJ.
Patrick Reilly – Darius
Patrick is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut at The Davenport. Regional Theatre: La Mirada’s American Idiot (Tunny), and the World Premiere of Rebekah Allen’s WE ARE THE TIGERS (Ovation Award). Film: Starring opposite Kathryn Erbe and Kathy Najimy in Mike Roma’s Dating My Mother, and IndieWire’s acclaimed Danny The Manny as Danny (LAFF 2017). USC BFA 2017. Rep: Steve Maihack at 44 West Entertainment. patrickreilly.net
Robbie Simpson – Alex (Jun – Aug 2017)
Robbie grew up in Western Massachusetts and graduated West Springfield High School. He attended the Syracuse University Drama Department for his BFA in Acting. While at Syracuse, Robbie studied abroad in London, England at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Robbie’s last semester of undergrad was spent living in NYC taking part in the Tepper Semester for Careers in Theatre.
In 2012, Robbie was one of the youngest actors in the history of the program to be accepted into The Old Globe/ University of San Diego graduate theatre program. In his first semester, Robbie was cast as Freddy in the 100th anniversary production of Pygmalion at The Old Globe opposite Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard. Robbie currently resides in New York city and continues to work regularly all over the country and internationally. Robbie is in the new Hulu/ NBC Universal show, THE PATH starring Aaron Paul, and Hugh Dancy and recently finished filming a new indie feature, SALES PITCH.
Joe Chisholm – Alex
Last seen Off-Broadway in the US premiere of She Has A Name. Recent NYC Credits: 2000 Nickels (NYMF), The Last Adam, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (WorkShop Theatre). BFA: CCM. MFA: Drama Centre London. Proud member of AEA. Thanks to Avalon, family and friends! Follow @joecchisholm www.joechisholm.net
Taylor Wright (Swing/u/s Josh, Darius, Alex)
Off-broadway debut! Select Regional: The Lyons (Curtis) at Shaker Bridge Theatre, Gypsy (Tulsa) at Hangar Theatre, Kiss Me, Kate! (Bill) at New London Barn Playhouse, West Side Story (Diesel) at the Wick. NYC: Kragtar, Grindr the Musical (Third Space Theatre); Training: BFA Coastal, SITI Summer Intensive. Love and thanks to the Afterglow team and fam @taylorwright / jtaylorwright.com
The Loft Davenport Theatre West
Previews June 12, 2017
Opened June 23, 201
Closing Date November 18, 2017
S. Asher Gelman
Playwright/Director, Midnight Theatricals, New York City
S. Asher Gelman has an extensive history of LGBTQ activism both in the Jewish community and the broader world. As a high school junior, he founded Rainbow Youth DC, a youth-run social group for LGBT youth in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. At that time, RYDC was the area’s largest queer youth group. Gelman also headed up Rainbow Connection, the gay-straight alliance at Georgetown Day High School, and initiated several programs there, including a highly successful Day of Silence. At the same time, he served on the board of the Washington, D.C., chapter of GLSEN. While a student at Bard College, Gelman was an active member of the National Union of Jewish LGBT Students and served as a member of the NUJLS’ Board of Governors. Since 2003, he has been active in the Israeli LGBTQ rights movement. After graduating from Bard in 2006, with degrees in both Dance and Theater, Gelman moved to Tel Aviv, where he played a key role in organizing and building the new LGBTQ Community Center. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces from 2008 to 2009, and received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from George Washington University in 2012. Gelman co-founded and served as the Artistic Director of The Stage, Tel Aviv’s premier English language performing arts organization from 2013 to 2016. He currently runs Midnight Theatricals, a Manhattan-based theater company. Asher lives in New York City with his husband, Mati. Afterglow is his first play. Keshet People
ANN BEYERSDORFER (Scenic Design) is a scenic storyteller for theater, film and opera. Her designs have been featured throughout NYC and regionally at Theater Row, The Davenport, 59E59, NYMF, Guild Hall East Hampton, Sharon Playhouse, The Hudson Theater LA, and a national tour. Select Associate Design (des. David Gallo): Jitney (Broadway-Tony Nomination), PHISH NYE Concert (Madison Square Garden), Peter Pan (Beijing), Cinderella (Moscow). www.annbeyersdorfer.com
JAMIE RODERICK (Lighting Design) Off-Brodway: The Woodsman (New World Stages, PBS’s Theater Close Up), A Dog Story, Ken Davenport’s That Bachelorette Show, My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical. Regional: The Bikinis! – A New Musical Beach Party (Long Wharf Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Macbeth, Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Sound), Billy Eliot (Ocean State Theatre Company). Recent credits include: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years, More Than All The World (Theatre for a New City) Resident Lighting Designer: Broken Box Mime Theatre. JamieRoderick.com Disney’s Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie, Motown: The Musical and Bring it On: The Musical.
FABIAN FIDEL AGUILAR (Costume Design) is a New York City based designer and has most recently designed Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattestick Playwrights Theater), A View from the Bridge (A Light Fantastic), set and costume for The War Boys (Access Theater, East coast premiere), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage) and Midsummer (Araca Project). He is a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Moors (a Yale Repertory Theater world premier). His other credits include Preston Montfort—An American Tragedy and The Master and Margarita (Yale School of Drama); Midsummer, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room, Orlando (Yale Summer Cabaret ’15: Rough Magic); He Left Quietly (SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto) among others. He has worked for various theatres, conservatories, and universities in Boston including American Repertory Theater, Boston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Beau Jest, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others. Fabian Aguilar received his BA from Boston University.
ALEX DIETZ-KEST (Sound Designer) Recent credits include: Trial of an American President (Theatre Row) Sinners on a Southbound Bus (Ruddy Productions), Farragut North, Sleuth, Night Alive and The Lyons (Curtain Call Theatre), Troll King Rises (Columbia University). He has a Theatrical Production Arts B.F.A. from Ithaca College.
KATIE LUMPKIN (Casting) is a New York based Casting Director with Kate Lumpkin Casting and is the founder of The Slate Society. She has also been associated with Celebrity Cruises Casting, FOX East Coast Casting, Michael Cassara Casting and Jessica Daniels Casting. Collectively, as a casting professional, she has worked on over 40 TV/Film productions and 60 theatrical productions across the country. For more information please visit www.kate-lumpkin.com.
MIKE ROSS (Dramaturg) is a New York-based dramaturg, librettist and lyricist. Recent credits include Groundhog Day (Librettist’s Assistant, dir. Matthew Warchus) and The Bad Years (Additional Lyrics, dir. Stephen Brackett). He is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where he wrote four original plays and two musicals. @mcrossisnotapun.
NINA KAUFFMAN (Assistant Director) is excited to make her Off-Broadway debut with Afterglow. Originally from Baltimore, Nina is a director, writer, and lyricist with a BFA in acting from Towson University and an MFA in musical theatre writing from New York University. She’s an associate member of SDC. Her writing credits include three musicals, Paranormative, Naught, and Mixed Media.
MICHELLE TEWKSBURY (Production Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: Tell Hector I Miss Him, Atlantic Theater Company. Regional: The Scarlet Letter, The Forgotten Woman, Grey Gardens, Bay Street Theater; Higher Education, Apples and Oranges. Workshops: Prince of Egypt, Children of a Lesser God, Trial of the Century, What I Learned from People, Colin Quinn: The New York Story.OCU and OCSA Alum. @mstewks
WILL CHALONER (Assistant Stage Manager) NYC Credits Include: The Bad Years (Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Workshop), The Traveling Lady (Cherry Lane Theatre), On the Verge (Walkerspace), Peter Pan (BroadwayAsia Workshop), STOMP (Orpheum Theatre), Debbie Does Dallas (5th Floor Theatre Company), Wikimusical (NYMF), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR Theatre), American Hero (Second Stage Uptown). Member of AEA. Education: BA, University of Mary Washington.
EVAN BERNARDIN (General Manager) Credits include: The Dodgers, We Are The Tigers (Ovation nomination), The Navigator (Drama Desk Nomination), and More Than All The World. He has worked with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), and The Make A Wish Foundation; collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. www.evanbernardinproductions.com
ABM (Advertising/ Marketing/ Social Media) Led by Amanda Bohan, ABM is a full-service advertising & marketing firm specializing in theatre, arts & culture, with expertise in marketing & promotions, traditional & online advertising, social media, and creative services. ABMAgency.com
MIDNIGHT THEATRICALS (Producer) Midnight Theatricals is a new, Manhattan-based production company, focused on bringing new, edgy, and relevant work to the stage. Visit us at midnighttheatricals.com.
DAVENPORT THEATRE Housed in a remodelled firehouse conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, the Davenport Theatre offers two unique performance spaces. The Davenport Theatre is named after Delbert Essex Davenport, a producer, publicist, author and lyricist in the early 20th century. Known for his publicity and marketing stunts (including dropping flyers out of planes), “Del,” as he was called, was a theatrical entrepreneur and the great-grandfather of theatre owner Ken Davenport.