Before, After and Always

“Before, After and Always” is a one-act play for two actors that is divided into three parts.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa and Sergio Caetano rehearsing a scene from 'Before, After and Always.' Photo by Amanda Levie

The romantic and comedic show explores three relationship stages (“Before,” “After,” and “Always”) in three short scenes, two of which were inspired by original short stories that I, Summer Dawn Hortillosa, wrote. “Be Longing,” the finale piece corresponding to “Always,” was written especially for the show.

Here are the scenes from the show. Click on the names to see the short story they were based on:

  • Good bye (Before): Two near-strangers loosely linked by four mutual friends share a magical moment as they bid each other good-bye, changing their lives forever.
  • Long Lost Love Song (After): A man’s dreams of his past lover leave him hot, cold and confused. Does love take work or does it just happen?
  • Be Longing (Always): A man and a woman can’t get over how good their burned-out relationship actually was. During a chance encounter, they must decide what to do with their love.

The show starred myself and Sergio Caetano and was directed by myself and my assistant director Liliane Wolf. Special thanks to our friends at Art House Productions, photographer Kirsten Elizabeth Johnson and videographers Tyler Greenfield and Doug Bauman.

“Before, After and Always” was performed at the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, NJ on March 23 and 24 during the inaugural STAGEfest at the Loew’s.


Summer Dawn Hortillosa offered a one act play in three parts entitled Before, After and Always about that challenging practicality of love…Hortillosa and actor Sergio Caetano captured awkwardness, passion, humor and a timeless longing for connection through their well-timed gestures and the brilliantly written dialogue.The Jersey City Independent

Press Coverage: One-Act, Two-Person Show BEFORE, AFTER AND ALWAYS to Play Jersey Theatre
The Jersey City Independent: Loew’s Landmark Theatre presents STAGEfest
The Jersey Journal (photos): STAGEfest 2013 technical practice on Mar. 19, 2013
The Riverview Observer: Curtain Up: The Play’s the Thing at STAGEfest 2013, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre’s First Play Festival (March 20 to April 5, 2013).
The Asian Journal: Fil-Am Writer’s ‘Before, After and Always’ Featured on STAGEfest at the Loew’s Theatre
The Jersey Journal: STAGEfest 2013 bringing live theater back to the Landmark Loew’s in Jersey City
The Star-Ledger: STAGEfest brings drama to Jersey City
The Jersey City Independent (Review): STAGEfest 2013 Delights Audiences
Broadway World (Recap): The Loew’s Presents BEFORE, AFTER AND ALWAYS, 2/23-2/24
GMA News Online (Recap/Feature): Fil-Am journalist’s play featured in US theater festival


These were taken by Kristen Elizabeth Johnson for 68 Productions on March 24, 2013.

Check out these photos shared by others at the show:

Top photo by Amanda Levie

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