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Diversionary Theatre to stage Tony-nominated "Next Fall"

SAN DIEGO -- Diversionary Theatre will bring the Tony-nominated play "Next Fall" to San Diego, starting Thursday, Feb. 16.

Diversionary’s production will feature Matt McGrath, who recently starred in the Old Globe’s hit production of "The Rocky Horror Show." The production reunites McGrath with Rocky Horror director, James Vasquez at the helm of "Next Fall."

The theater provides the following description of the show:

Luke believes in God. Adam believes in everything else. "Next Fall" portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support ... and answers.

Joining McGrath (as Adam) are San Diego favorites Tony Houck (Brandon), John Whitley (Butch), Jacque Wilke (Holly) and Shana Wride (Arlene) and introduces Stewart Calhoun as Luke.

Through a series of flashbacks, Luke, Adam, and their friends and family a grapple with the role that faith plays in their relationship. Luke, a devout Christian, sees his homosexuality as a sin he must repent for and nonbelievers as hell bound. Adam, a gay agnostic, remains stubbornly unrepentant and unbelieving and Luke worries his boyfriend will be a future inhabitant of hell. Everything changes, however, when Adam finds himself sharing a hospital waiting room with Luke’s religious parents who have remained unaware of their son’s homosexuality throughout the couple’s five-year relationship.

"Next Fall" received 2010 Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Director, received the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award in 2010 for “Best New American Play,” and was nominated for a Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards for best play. It has been playing to great acclaim and success at numerous theaters throughout the country and this weeks is being record as a live radio play by LA Theatre Works.

Performances will run through March 25 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. Previews shows will be Feb. 16-17. The official opening night is Saturday, Feb. 18. Ticket prices for preview nights are $20, and all other shows are $31-$33. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and military.

For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Check out UT San Diego's interview with Next Fall's writer, Geoffrey Nauffts, HERE.

Check out Gay San Diego's interview with Next Fall actor Matt McGrath and director James Vasquez HERE.

Exclusive ticket offer for San Diego Gay & Lesbian News readers:

Readers who purchase tickets using the promo code BELIEVESP will get $4 off general admission tickets. The offer is good for tickets purchased before March 4 and is subject to availability. The discount is not valid in combination with other offers or discounts.