“Afterglow” is a raw, two-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.

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BRANDON HAAGENSON (Josh) New York: My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Midlife Crisis (St. Luke’s/Snapple), The Vanity (Clurman – Theatre Row), FringeNYC, Manhattan Repertory.  Touring: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Lumiere u/s).  Regional: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, NC Theatre, North Shore, Ocean State, Gateway, Stages St. Louis, Disney Cruise Line.  B.F.A. Millikin University.  All the thanks to Asher and this incredible team!  Love to MDJ.


PATRICK REILLY (Darius) Patrick is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut at The Davenport. Regional Theatre: La Mirada’s American Idiot (Tunny), and the World Premiere of Rebekah Allen’s WE ARE THE TIGERS (Ovation Award). Film: Starring opposite Kathryn Erbe and Kathy Najimy in Mike Roma’s Dating My Mother, and IndieWire’s acclaimed Danny The Manny as Danny (LAFF 2017). USC BFA 2017. Rep: Steve Maihack at 44 West Entertainment.


ROBBIE SIMPSON (Alex) Off B’way debut! Select regional: Freddy in the 100th anniversary production of Pygmalion (The Old Globe); Pip in Great Expectations (Syracuse Stage); Misalliance (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); A Class Act (Berkshire Theater Festival); The Last Five Years (Majestic Theater). TV: “The Path” (Hulu); “Can You Survive A Horror Movie” (SyFi). Training: BFA Syracuse University; MFA The Old Globe/ USD. Big thanks to Harden Curtis Associates and Prestige Management. Follow @MrRobbieSimpson.

MATT ALFORD (u/s Josh, Darius, Alex) Select theatre: Endurance (Split Knuckle Theatre Co.), Unnecessary Farce (Tent Theatre), The Return (APT Theatre), To Whom it May Concern (The Arclight), Wilde Tales (TNC), Out at Sea (La MaMa).  Matt is the resident director of Equalogy inc, a theatre-for-social-change company that combats acquaintance rape on college campuses around the country.  In addition to acting, Matt is a metalworker specializing in natural brass lighting ( 


S. ASHER GELMAN (Playwright/Director) S. Asher Gelman is a director, choreographer, actor, dancer, and playwright. Originally from Chevy Chase, MD, Asher received his Bachelors 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.  Asher currently lives in New York City with his husband, Mati.  “Afterglow” is his first play.

ANN BEYERSDORFER (Scenic Design) is a scenic storyteller for theater, film and opera. Her designs have been featured throughout NYC and regionally at Theater Row, The Davenport, 59E59, NYMF, Guild Hall East Hampton, Sharon Playhouse, The Hudson Theater LA, and a national tour. Select Associate Design (des. David Gallo): Jitney (Broadway-Tony Nomination), PHISH NYE Concert (Madison Square Garden), Peter Pan (Beijing), Cinderella (Moscow).

JAMIE RODERICK (Lighting Design) Off-Brodway: The Woodsman (New World Stages, PBS’s Theater Close Up), A Dog Story, Ken Davenport’s That Bachelorette Show, My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical.  Regional: The Bikinis! – A New Musical Beach Party (Long Wharf Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Macbeth, Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Sound), Billy Eliot (Ocean State Theatre Company). Recent credits include: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years, More Than All The World (Theatre for a New City) Resident Lighting Designer: Broken Box Mime Theatre. Disney’s AladdinThe Glass Menagerie, Motown: The Musical and Bring it On: The Musical. 

FABIAN FIDEL AGUILAR (Costume Design) is a New York City based designer and has most recently designed Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattestick Playwrights Theater), A View from the Bridge (A Light Fantastic), set and costume for The War Boys (Access Theater, East coast premiere), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage) and Midsummer (Araca Project). He is a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Moors (a Yale Repertory Theater world premier). His other credits include Preston Montfort—An American Tragedy and The Master and Margarita (Yale School of Drama); Midsummer, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room, Orlando (Yale Summer Cabaret ’15: Rough Magic); He Left Quietly (SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto) among others. He has worked for various theatres, conservatories, and universities in Boston including American Repertory Theater, Boston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Beau Jest, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others. Fabian Aguilar received his BA from Boston University.

ALEX DIETZ-KEST (Sound Designer) Recent credits include: Trial of an American President (Theatre Row) Sinners on a Southbound Bus (Ruddy Productions), Farragut NorthSleuthNight Alive and The Lyons (Curtain Call Theatre), Troll King Rises (Columbia University). He has a Theatrical Production Arts B.F.A. from Ithaca College.

KATIE LUMPKIN (Casting) is a New York based Casting Director with Kate Lumpkin Casting and is the founder of The Slate Society.  She has also been associated with Celebrity Cruises Casting, FOX East Coast Casting, Michael Cassara Casting and Jessica Daniels Casting. Collectively, as a casting professional, she has worked on over 40 TV/Film productions and 60 theatrical productions across the country. For more information please visit

MIKE ROSS (Dramaturg) is a New York-based dramaturg, librettist and lyricist. Recent credits include Groundhog Day (Librettist’s Assistant, dir. Matthew Warchus) and The Bad Years (Additional Lyrics, dir. Stephen Brackett). He is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where he wrote four original plays and two musicals. @mcrossisnotapun.

NINA KAUFFMAN (Assistant Director) is excited to make her Off-Broadway debut with Afterglow. Originally from Baltimore, Nina is a director, writer, and lyricist with a BFA in acting from Towson University and an MFA in musical theatre writing from New York University. She’s an associate member of SDC. Her writing credits include three musicals, Paranormative, Naught, and Mixed Media.

MICHELLE TEWKSBURY (Production Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: Tell Hector I Miss Him, Atlantic Theater Company. Regional: The Scarlet Letter, The Forgotten Woman, Grey Gardens, Bay Street Theater; Higher Education, Apples and Oranges. Workshops: Prince of Egypt, Children of a Lesser God, Trial of the Century, What I Learned from People, Colin Quinn: The New York Story.OCU and OCSA Alum. @mstewks

LAURA MALSEED (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to join the team of Afterglow.  Credits include Othello: The RemixDrunk ShakespeareCagney the MusicalHow 2 B A New YorkerTink!Pryor TruthUnmentionables. Graduate of Pace University. Member of AEA.

EVAN BERNARDIN (General Manager) Credits include: The Dodgers, We Are The Tigers (Ovation nomination), The Navigator (Drama Desk Nomination), and More Than All The World. He has worked with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), and The Make A Wish Foundation; collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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MIDNIGHT THEATRICALS (Producer) Midnight Theatricals is a new, Manhattan-based production company, focused on bringing new, edgy, and relevant work to the stage.  Visit us at

DAVENPORT THEATRE Housed in a remodeled firehouse conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, the Davenport Theatre offers two unique performance spaces. The Davenport Theatre is named after Delbert Essex Davenport, a producer, publicist, author and lyricist in the early 20th century. Known for his publicity and marketing stunts (including dropping flyers out of planes), “Del,” as he was called, was a theatrical entrepreneur and the great-grandfather of theatre owner Ken Davenport.


“Compelling. The trio is exceptionally easy on the eyes — is no mere gimmick. It effectively adds to the authenticity of the story. “Afterglow” succeeds as it titillates.”

“Compelling. Highly charged and extremely sexual. They certainly know how to grab our attention.”

Afterglow is a bittersweet love story that will touch you.

“Afterglow is a raw and risqué, two-act play. 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Jamie Roderick’s atmospheric lighting draws the space together, and illuminates the play’s erotic moments with a beautiful clarity.”

“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.”

“If you’re looking for penis, you’ve come to the right place.”


S. Asher Gelman probes gay polyamory in his stimulating play about a married couple who start sleeping with a massage therapist. Things get messy when one father-to-be falls for their sidepiece, so it’s a good thing there’s a working shower on stage for ballsy stars Brandon Haagenson, Patrick Reilly, and Robbie Simpson. “We’re young, we’re hot,” says the hornier hubby. “We should be fucking all of the time!” No arguments here.


W42ST | June 2017 | by RUTH WALKER

In the great minefield of difficult conversations to have with your partner, this one is probably right up there. How do you even start to talk to the person you love about possibly … maybe … I don’t know … sharing your bed with other people? How do you establish the boundaries of an open relationship? And what happens when those boundaries are crossed?

“A few years ago I had a boyfriend in addition to my husband,” says playwright Asher Gelman. “It lasted about two months and then it ended.”  Badly.


7 Shows to See This LGBT Pride Month

New York has no shortage of gay theatrical attractions, but did you know there are also plays about trans issues and polyamory? The theater truly has something to offer folks of every persuasion this June, as we celebrate LGBT Pride month. Here are seven highlights:



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