College Theatre Brings Love to 'Almost, Maine'
With the northern lights flashing in the winter sky, the residents of the mythical town of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.
Alma College Theatre presents “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
“This is a delightful and humorous midwinter tale that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend,” says Nati Salgado, the play’s director. “Couples, friends, even singles, there’s something for everybody in this production.”
The play focuses on the residents of a northern rural Maine town who are normally well grounded but become excited about love. Every scene supposedly takes place at the same time — 9 p.m., when the northern lights suddenly appear.
“This play is really an exploration of love, which has many definitions for different people,” says Salgado. “It presents not only the positive side of love, but also the negative.”
The cast features eight actors playing 19 roles.
“The play challenges the students because they have to play multiple roles,” says Salgado. “But the script is easy to connect to because of its contemporary dialogue.
“The set is meant to be very organic, simple and beautiful,” she says. “The light and set designers have put in a lot of time and research as they plan to put on a northern lights show.”
First performed by the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002, “Almost, Maine” premiered in Portland, Maine, in 2004 and has become a popular production for theatre troupes throughout the country. The Wall Street Journal recognized the play as one of the best regional theatre productions of the 2004-05 season. It opened off-Broadway in 2006.
Posted: Tue, February 5th, 2013 at 7:58AM