Even in the era of same-sex marriage, gay relationships can still be very complicated. “Afterglow,” the hit OffBroadway play about the unexpected twists a modern gay couple must face in their marriage, opens next weekend in Wilton Manors.
Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius home for an innocent three-way. When a lasting, intimate connection begins to form between them, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty and trust. Their futures are questioned, relationships shaken and commitments challenged.
"Love, sex and relationships have always been complicated," said producer and director Ronnie Larsen, who fought for the rights to present the regional premiere. "This is the first major play since we won marriage equality to examine how this new freedom is affecting our relationships in a real way."
Gelman, the artistic director of The Stage, a leading English language theater company in Tel Aviv, is also a millennial, bringing a unique voice that is just now being heard in mainstream theater. Larsen and the cast workshopped the play with Gelman during rehearsals in New York City over the past several weeks.
Larsen, who is also a prolific playwright and the creator of the Off-Broadway hit “Making Porn,” said, "At the heart of all my plays has been the seeming contradiction between sex and commitment, but Gelman brings a fresh millennial perspective that I think will intrigue our older gay audiences."
Fans of Larsen’s productions will also not be disappointed as the play contains significant nudity and the infamous on-set shower that had New York City critics and audiences buzzing when the play debuted in 2017.
The cast includes Ian Patrick Stack as Josh, Ryan Knight as Alex and Mikhail Duggan as Alex. Local audiences will remember Duggan from his recent performance in Larsen's comedy "3 Card Stud" at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory.
The regional premiere of S. Asher Gelman's "Afterglow" will be performed Feb. 14 – March 10, Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 3 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 10 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m., on the main stage at Wilton Theater Factory, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $35 - $50 at RonnieLarsen.com.