Almost, Maine

$26.00

Opens December 29, 2017

An adorable romantic comedy! We decided to add a sweet wintry post-holiday show to wrap up 2017, and launch 2018.

This is a batch of feel-good love stories set in a fictional town in Maine. The stories unfold on the coldest, clearest night in winter, while the Northern Lights provide the backdrop. It's a show that's perfect for "date night" or to see with friends. It really is an adorable winter show, starring a cast of four. 

A play by John Cariani
Directed by Richie Akers // Assistant Director: Amy Kaduce (Rated PG, Winter Romantic Comedy)

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“ALMOST, MAINE is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental. A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).”
—The New York Times.

“Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect. AMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. [It] packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.”
—New York Daily News.

“Mega-hit ALMOST, MAINE lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Our Town. Unabashedly unhip. There is no pretense of an edge here—the show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater. At this point, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.”
—New York Post

Auditions

Auditions for this production will be held simultaneously with Significant Other. (Yes, you can opt to audition for both, and YES you could possibly be cast in both shows!)

November 26 & 27 at 7PM. (Attend one.) Come prepared to fill out a form, and read from the script. No additional preparation necessary. 

Character Descriptions

SYNOPSIS: On a cold, clear, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised; hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend – almost.

  • 2 Males, must play mid-twenties to mid-thirties. Multiple roles will be played by each actor. 
  • 2 Females, must play mid-twenties to mid-thirties. Multiple roles will be played by each actor.

A note on the characters from the playwright:

“The people of Almost, Maine are not simpletons. They are not hicks or rednecks. They are not quaint, quirky eccentrics. They don't wear funny clothes and funny hats. They don't have funny Maine accents. They are not "Down Easters." They are not fishermen or lobstermen. They don't wear galoshes and rain hats. They don't say, "Ayuh."

The people of Almost, Maine are ordinary people. They work hard for a living. They are extremely dignified. They are honest and true. They are not cynical. They are not sarcastic. They are not glib. But this does not mean that they are dumb. They're very smart. They just take time to wonder about things. They speak simply, honestly, truly, and from the heart. They are never precious about what they say or do.”

SCENE BREAKDOWN

  • Prologue
    PETE (M) GINETTE (F)
    The two have been dating for a little while. Due to how shy and awkward they both, the two are unable to communicate their love for one another. That is, until one of them decides to go the distance.
  • Her Heart
    EAST (M) ­ A repairman. Calm, collected, and sincere.
    GLORY (F) ­ A hiker. She is vunerable, nervous, and the the point.
    Glory is hiking through Maine to find the perfect spot to see the northern lights and get over her late husband. East finds her setting up camp in his front yard.
  • Sad & Glad
    JIMMY (M) ­ A well intended heating and cooling guy. His broken heart keeps him from articulating his thoughts well.
    SANDRINE (F) ­ His ex­girlfriend who left him abruptly. She is very sensitive and put together. WAITRESS (F) ­ A waitress, Very excited and dedicated to her job.
    Jimmy is already having a sad night at the local bar when Sandrine shows up.
  • This Hurts
    MARVALYN (F) ­ A woman, going through a rough patch in her current relationship.
    STEVE (M) ­ An innocent and confused man who has a disorder that stops him from feeling pain.
    After meeting in the laundry room of Ma Dudley’s Boarding House, Marvalyn gives Steven some ideas for his new books.
  • Getting it Back
    GAYLE (F) ­ An unpatient, passionate, and very flustered woman. LENDALL (M) ­ An understanding and collected man.
    Gayle shows up at Lendall’s door in the middle of the night and demands that he return all the love she gave him.
  • Interlogue
    PETE ­ from the “prologue”
  • They Fell
    RANDY (M) ­ A down­to­earth “country boy” CHAD (M) ­ Another down­to­earth “county boy”
    As these two boys talk through the horrors of their most recent dates, they make an honest discovery; They’re in love with each other.
  • Where it Went
    PHIL (M) ­ A working man MARCI (F) ­ His hardworking wife
    Phil’s workload has been overwhelming lately, and on a hard­to­come­by, much needed night out, Marci draws his attention to all the things he’s missed.
  • Story of Hope
    HOPE (F) ­ She has traveled the world. MAN (M) ­ He has not.
    After leaving abruptly many years ago, hope shows up at her ex­boyfriend’s door expecting to get back together. Unfortunately, A lot has changed since she left Almost.
  • Seeing the Thing
    RHONDA (F) ­ A tough woman. Hesitant to commit. DAVE (M) ­ The not­-so­-tough man who loves her.
    Rhonda and Dave have been “hanging out” a lot. One night, after a not­date of snowmobiling, Dave ends up giving Rhonda a present, which would be nice if she could actually figure out what it is.
  • Epilogue
    PETE (M) ­ From the prologue and interlogue GINETTE (F) ­ From the prologue

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