Meet the Cast of NEXT FALL!

MarkNeufang

Mark R. Neufang

Your role in NEXT FALL:

Adam 

Briefly tell us a little about yourself (job, hobbies, passions, unique talents, etc).

I work as Director of Operations for Diverse and Resilient, a fantastic public health nonprofit agency serving diverse LGBT populations both in Milwaukee and statewide.  My passions are theatre and baking.  (I whip up a pretty mean tiramisu, if you ask me.)  I chronicle many of my baking endeavors and adventures on my Word Press blog, Neufangled Desserts.  I recently tested recipes for the popular bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, and will be attending their Manhattan store opening and book launch during tech week of NEXT FALL (thanks to the patience and understanding of the cast and crew).  I turn 40 this November (the same age Adam is when he meets Luke) and I'm looking immensely forward to a decade in which I travel more!

Have you worked with Tt before?         

NEXT FALL is my 5th show with Tt.  I performed in CORPUS CHRISTI (Simon), [title of show] (Jeff), THE NORMAL HEART (Ned Weeks), and THE TEMPERAMENTALS (Harry Hay).  I love Tt and its mission dearly - so much so that I keep coming back and auditioning, and became a Tt board member (Secretary) within the past year and built this website!

Tell us a little bit about your character in NEXT FALL. 

Not to state the obvious, but Adam is really a very human person.  I think anyone can identify with him - he's not an unusual personality by any means.  He is flawed and not afraid to be upfront and honest about it.  He's also at a precarious, decisive point in his life where he's trying to discern where he is going, where he's been, and what it all means.  Luke, who is 15 years younger, suddenly enters Adam's life and sets many things in motion that he hasn't forced himself to confront before.  He could be enduring a mid-life crisis, but I think what he is experiencing throughout this story could happen to anyone at any indeterminate point.  Adam's vulnerable.  He can come off as a obsessive nut with a little bit of a jerk-ish side to him, but my challenge in portraying him is to avoid making that harsh side of him obnoxious, because it wouldn't be true to what the playwright intends him to be.  

What do you appreciate most about NEXT FALL? 

It is noted in the director's notes at the start of the script that "In the end, these are six relatable human beings in search of some kind of grace".  I really keyed into this when working with this script, and in the process of getting to know these very multi-faceted characters.  They each have their own story and struggles they are dealing with.  In many ways, NEXT FALL may be a play about faith and that clash between belief and non-belief, but it's not religious or preachy.  It's about the journeys in life we all need to be brave enough to face.  It's ultimately this really well-crafted dance between characters who are all lost and just finding their way with one another, determining where they really fit in the grand scheme of things.

Why should audiences come see NEXT FALL? 

It seems cliché to just say this, but NEXT FALL truly runs the gamut of emotions.  I think any theatergoer can find something to appeal to them in this play.  It's a drama, and you may shed some tears - but there are moments where it's so comedic, you will want to laugh right out loud (and please DO).  It is very funny in spots.  I think the script is really wonderful.  There's a natural feel to it.  The conversation doesn't feel scripted at all, and the emotions are very real and relatable.  I'm so thrilled to bring this to the Milwaukee stage, and with such an amazingly talented cast: Amanda, Donna, Jim, Kevin, and Raymond - all under Mark E's direction - tell the story beautifully.  I think anyone coming to see it will be inspired and walk away with lots of good things to ponder... which good theatre should do, right?  

Meet the Cast of NEXT FALL!

DonnaLobacz

Donna L. Lobacz

Your role in NEXT FALL:

Arlene 

Briefly tell us a little about yourself (job, hobbies, passions, unique talents, etc).

IP & Legal Operations Specialist at GE Healthcare, Four Guys groupie (hubby Don is in the group), GLBTA Ally, freelance choreographer

Have you worked with Tt before?         

Dr. Emma Brookner in THE NORMAL HEART, Ensemble in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Tt board member

Tell us a little bit about your character in NEXT FALL. 

Arlene has an interesting back story. A bit of a wild child in her younger years, she wasn’t much of a mother but still loves her son the best way she knows how. She is funny and warm.

What do you appreciate most about NEXT FALL? 

The show doesn’t preach but shows different religious viewpoints and lets the audience decide what they believe.

Why should audiences come see NEXT FALL? 

It is a funny, warm contemporary play about real people facing real life situations that we all hope we never have to face.

 

Tickets are now available for NEXT FALL!

Tickets are now available for our production – and the Milwaukee Premiere – of Geoffrey Nauffts’ NEXT FALL!  You don’t want to miss this show that has been called “the funniest heartbreaker in town”! (The New York Times)

Tickets are $20 per person, but if you order online via our Tickets page, you can save $5 off your ticket price at checkout by entering the code PUMPKIN (all caps). 

Groups (of 12 or more) are welcome!  Please contact us if you have any inquiries regarding group rates via our Contact page or by email at theatricaltend@gmail.com.

Please keep in mind that the general seating is limited at Soulstice Theatre.  We highly encourage you to reserve your seats and order your tickets soon!

See you at the show! 

Meet the Cast of NEXT FALL!

KevinGadzalinski

KEVIN J. GADZALINSKI

YOUR ROLE IN NEXT FALL:

Brandon

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I am a Milwaukee native with many geeky and over-the-top obsessions. You can easily find me arranging my action figures in picturesque formations, performing a medley of Disney music to myself, or doing push-ups in strange places. Additionally, it is very likely I could be seen roaming the streets in a Spider-man suit. Besides acting, I’ve been freelance modeling for about 7 years. I currently work at Penzeys Spices while finishing my degree in Applied Theatre.

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?

Yup! I’ve edited and rendered video projections for [title of show], The Normal Heart, and The Laramie Project. I also performed on stage in both The Normal Heart and The Laramie Project. I ran the sound/light board for The Temperamentals.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN NEXT FALL?

I’ve read that Brandon is the most challenging role in the show, and in my experience with him so far, I completely agree! While the other characters have such a colorful energy, Brandon is a quiet man. He prefers to keep to himself and adheres strongly to his own reputation and values. The challenge here is finding the moments in the show where he lets his guard down, even a little; and then figuring out how to make those moments known in a way that’s believable.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT NEXT FALL?

I love that this show surprises you! It’s amazing how much hilarity is packed into this show, and it’s just as astounding the amount of heart and sentimentality there is as well. It’s a brilliant mix!

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE NEXT FALL?

I think everyone can come and find at least one character or something said that they identify with. The show brings up a matter of one’s beliefs. It represents everything that happens when what we think is challenged, and then how we react to that. Each character responds in their own way to figure out what matters most. It forces audiences to think, and I like to hope people appreciate that.

Meet the Cast of NEXT FALL!

AmandaCarson

AMANDA CARSON

Your role in NEXT FALL:

Holly

Briefly tell us a little about yourself (job, hobbies, passions, unique talents, etc).

I am a nomadic minister's daughter who resides in Milwaukee at this moment.  Previous places I have called home: Michigan, Connecticut, Washington State, Illinois, Minnesota, Maine, New York City.  I love being involved in the Milwaukee Theatre Community.  I also work as a Visual Merchandiser for H&M, so I spend a lot of time with mannequins who are gracious enough to be quiet while I practice monologues, lines, and songs.  I perform with T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) at Comedy Sportz every third Thursday of the month - come check us out!

Have you worked with Tt before?

Yes!  I was very lucky to be able to play Heidi in [title of show] with three of my favorite fellow performers - Mara McGhee, Mark Neufang, and Jake Mace, under the direction of one of my favorite people, Mark E. Schuster.

Tell us a little bit about your character in NEXT FALL.

At this point, I am still discovering Holly.  I know she loves the people in her life, and though she may be sure about how she feels for them, she's unsure about how she feels for herself.  She's in perpetual self-discovery and perpetual searching.  We shall see how much more I can get to know her in the coming weeks.

What do you appreciate most about NEXT FALL?

I appreciate that NEXT FALL brings up difficult questions and never completely gives the answers - because we never get all the answers.  We never know exactly how to live exactly the right way, because there is no right way.  We have our own ways and then we learn from those around us, if we are lucky, and if we are open.  And we can love one another even in our differences.    

Why should audiences come see NEXT FALL?

A contemporary play like NEXT FALL gives us the chance to watch the moments in the lives of regular people.  While their lives are the central theme, many other big things are happening to people all around them, and to the people in the audience.  We get a chance to watch how a small group of people deal with a particular situation, and then we leave them be.  I love seeing plays like that, and I hope others come to experience it.