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“Compelling and raw. This is a show not to be missed!” The Advocate
“Frank, explicit, insightful, unflinching, vivid and honest” Towleroad
“Compelling” Gay City News
“Bold and Buzzworthy” NewNextNow
“Provocatively entertaining” Theatrescene.net
Production Photos by Mati Gelman:
New York: This season’s hit Off-Broadway play, Afterglow, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman, breaks the Davenport Theatre record for the longest running show, as it surpassed past productions including Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, A Dog Story (in The Loft) as well as main stage productions of Shear Madness, Daddy Long Legs, Men and Women Talking Love and Sex, Pageant, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! and Around the World in 80 Days.
Afterglow began performances on June 12, 2017 and is currently slated to run through July 1, 2018. Tickets to the controversial play are $59.50 – $109.50 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com.
“Afterglow has had a truly incredible journey, and we are thrilled to have passed this milestone in our lovely home at The Davenport. The response from our audience has been nothing short of overwhelming, with some of our fans returning to the show over and over again. I am so proud of the entire team behind our little play that could; we can’t wait to get to work on the next one.”
S. Asher Gelman
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.
AFTERGLOW opened on June 23 to strong audience and critical reviews who called the play “A must-see! Afterglow is necessary, honest and vulnerable.” Pride.com; “Compelling, raw, and sometimes uncomfortable (as any honest theater piece is), This is a show not to be missed!” Advocate; “Frank, explicit, insightful, unflinching, vivid and honest. Gelman’s characters grapple articulately with issues many gay men regularly face. Vivid and honest depictions like these that foster a greater understanding of the way we live now.” Towleroad; “Afterglow is inherently watchable, well-paced and a compelling introduction to Gelman’s theatrical voice.” Huffington Post; “Compelling. The trio is exceptionally easy on the eyes. It effectively adds to the authenticity of the story. Afterglow succeeds as it titillates.” Gay City News; “Raw and beautifully complicated, but above all, relatable. No gay New Yorker should miss this play.” Unicorn Booty; “Fresh and riveting. S. Asher Gelman has set the bar high with his first play, Afterglow. Gelman is nuanced as both a director and a writer. The nudity—and it is extensive—is presented with a charged eroticism rather than gratuitous titillation. There is no long-term afterglow for the characters in Gelman’s play. But for the audience there surely is. It comes from experiencing an impressive calling card from a gifted new playwright and director.” OffOffOnline; “Afterglow is a raw and real. Playwright S. Asher Gelman brings to the stage the very personal story of open relationships with heart, grit and a non-gratuitous exploration of the complex theme. This is not just another gay play or limited exclusively for the LGBT community but a play for everyone.” BeautyNewsNYC; “Compelling. Highly charged and extremely sexual. They certainly know how to grab our attention.” Times Square Chronicle; “There is amazing acting happening on stage. Afterglow is a bittersweet love story that will touch you.” ReviewsOffBroadway.com.
The cast of Afterglow includes Joe Chisholm (Regional: The Little Mermaid, My Fair Lady) and Brandon Haagenson(National Tour: Beauty and the Beast. NY: My Big Gay Italian Wedding) and David Merten (Regional Theatre: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, And Then There Were None (Judson Theatre Company). Creative team includes Ann Beyersdorfer (Scenic Designer), Fabian Aguilar (Costume Designer), Jamie Roderick (Lighting Designer), Alex Dietz-Kest (Sound Designer), Mike Ross (Dramaturg), Nina Kauffman (Assistant Director), Kate Lumpkin (Casting Director), Laura Malseed (Production Stage Manager), Will Chaloner (Assistant Stage Manager), Evan Bernardin Productions(General Manager), and Gwynne Richmond (Company Manager) AFTERGLOW is presented by Midnight Theatricals.
Written and Directed by S. Asher Gelman
The Loft at The Davenport Theatre is located at 354 West 45 Street, 3rd Floor
UPDATED Performance Schedule
Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm (dark on Thursday), Friday – Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
ADDED SHOWS: Wednesday, June 20 and Friday, June 22 at 3pm & 8pm
NO SHOW SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (Pride Sunday)
Running time 90 minutes NO intermission
Tickets can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com.
Tickets are $59.50 – $109.50
PLEASE NOTE: AFTERGLOW contains nudity.
18+, No Late Seating
For more information on AFTERGLOW, please visit www.afterglowtheplay.com
Mr. Gelman and the cast are available for interviews. To arrange an interview or press seats please contact JT Public Relations (646) 481-6583 / firstname.lastname@example.org
S. Asher Gelman (Playwright/Director) is a director, choreographer, actor, dancer, and playwright. Originally from Chevy Chase, MD, Asher received his Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Theater from Bard College in New York in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from The George Washington University in Washington DC in 2012. From 2006 to 2016, Asher lived in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he became one of the founders of The Stage, Tel Aviv’s premier English language performing arts organization, serving as its first Artistic Director from 2013 to 2016. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Asher lives in New York City with his husband, Mati. “Afterglow” is his first play.