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[In a hospital waiting room are Holly (Libby Einterz) and Brandon (Nick Schaeffler).]
BATAVIA – "Next Fall" is a story about love, faith and adversity unfolding through flashbacks that track the five-year relationship of a gay couple, Luke and Adam. It will be presented by Albright Community Theatre from May 17 to June 1 in Batavia.
Directed by Elizabeth Hilgart, the drama by Geoffrey Nauffts is interlaced with wit and humor, even as it tackles the big questions about existence, God and the afterlife. Discussions arise between Luke, whose Christian beliefs are unshakable, and Adam, an atheist who puts his faith in science. He also wonders how Luke can be buoyed by a religion whose Old Testament preaches against gays.
Adam has viewed God as a punisher, said Logan Krogull of West Dundee, who plays the character.
"I think he’s genuinely curious about why people believe in God," Krogull said, adding he wants people to give him their best explanation for believing.
Everyone's support system is put to the test when Luke is hospitalized following a life-threatening accident.