Afterglow - Southwark Playhouse

London theatre news: Thursday 28 February 2019

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S. Asher Gelman's Afterglow is to get its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse after a multiple-extended hit run Off-Broadway.
Afterglow at Southwark Playhouse

Photo by Darren Bell

After a multiple-extended hit run Off-Broadway, where it sold more than 23,000 seats in a tiny 69-seat theatre and grossed over $1million, Afterglow, by S. Asher Gelman, gets its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 5 June to 20 July 2019.

In a strictly limited season, the show will be directed by Tom O'Brien with casting and other creative team to be announced.

About the playwright

S. Asher Gelman is a director, choreographer, actor, dancer, playwright, and producer.

Through his production company, Midnight Theatricals, he produced and directed his first original play, Afterglow, which ran for 14 months Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theater.

He is currently producing the Off-Broadway musical We Are The Tigers by Preston Max Allen.

Mr Gelman's second play, Safeword, opens Off-Broadway in April.

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 organisation, 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.

About the director

Tom O'Brien trained at Arts Ed, National Theatre Studio and with Living Pictures.

As Director, theatre includes: Fabric (Marlowe Theatre Canterbury/UK Tour/Underbelly - Scotsman Fringe First Winner 2016); Foiled (Edinburgh Festival); Our Friends, The Enemy (UK Tour/Edinburgh Festival/Theatre Row, New York City); The Dogs of War (Old Red Lion); Remote (Drum - Theatre Royal Plymouth/St Ives Theatre); The Wedding Singer (The Lowry); The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Old Red Lion - Recorded for The V&A National Video Archive of Performance); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (The Lowry); Coming Up (Soho Theatre); Judy The Righteous (King's Head); Christmas Is Miles Away (Hen and Chickens Theatre).

As Resident/Associate/Assistant theatre includes: Miss Saigon (International Tour); Little Shop Of Horrors (Open Air Theatre Regent's Park); Half A Sixpence (Noel Coward); Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Watermill); Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr); Ruben Guthrie (New Wimbledon Theatre); Little Women (LOST Theatre); A Clockwork Orange and Titus Andronicus (Edinburgh Festival).

Adam Roebuck - Producer

Adam's producer and/or investor credits on Broadway include:

Groundhog Day: The Musical;

The Play That Goes Wrong;

The Iceman Cometh;

It's Only A Play;

An Act of God;

American Psycho: The Musical;

Legally Blonde: The Musical;


Ghost: The Musical;

The Wedding Singer: The Musical;

Macbeth with Alan Cumming;

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical;

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life;

Allegiance; and

Spring Awakening (2.0).

His West End and UK tour credits include:

Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury;

Hamlet starring Andrew Scott;

Young Frankenstein;



King Lear with Ian McKellen;

Killer Joe with Orlando Bloom;

Glengarry Glenn Ross; and

Single Spies.

Adam's award-winning productions to date are his three children: Carmela, Josephine and George.

Show listing information


Josh and Alex are a married couple in an open relationship.

But after young Darius shares their bed for a night, a new intimate connection begins to form, and all three men must come head to head with one another's notions of love, intimacy, and commitment.

Premiering in the UK after a multiple-extended hit run Off-Broadway, Afterglow is a 'steamy stripped-down look at gay intimacy' (Huffington Post).

The climax is just the beginning …


Jesse Fox as Darius

Sean Hart as Josh

Danny Mahoney as Alex


Author: S. Asher Gelman
Director: Tom O'Brien
Designer: Libby Todd
Lighting: David Howe
Sound: David Gregory
Movement: Lee Crowley
Production: Adam Roebuck, Aaron Quintana and Justin Coffman


Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway


From: Wednesday 5 June 2019

Closed: Saturday 20 July 2019


Previews: 5 to 10 June - all seats £14.00

Standard: £22

Concessions: £18


Show website
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S. Asher Gelman - website

Southwark Playhouse

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