Almost Maine

George Marn and Rie Matsuzaki rehearse for this week's production of "Almost, Maine". Photo Credit: Jake Lautman

 

Department of Theatre and Dance to Present ‘Almost, Maine’ March 2-4

John Cariani’s play to be staged in The College of Wooster’s Freedlander Theatre

27 February, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” March 2-4, in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). The production begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening and is $9 for general admission tickets and $6 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and non-College of Wooster students (Wooster students are admitted free, but must pick up their complimentary ticket at the box office ahead of time).

Directed by Jimmy A. Noriega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, Latin American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, this romantic comedy consists of 10 short scenes that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical town called Almost, Maine. The College of Wooster ensemble features a diverse group of 21 actors and is sure to be an evening of laughs, discoveries, and sentimental sighs.

According to Noriega, “I tried to do something different with this staging of ‘Almost, Maine.’ I took the imaginary element of the location and built upon that to create a town where people of all backgrounds and cultures can find a place to live and interact with each other. In many ways, my staging aims to explore the notion of utopia, where diversity and difference are embraced and promoted.”

The script premiered in Portland, Maine, in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. According to a The New York Times review, “This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) and passing references to characters from other vignettes, which slyly tell us more about them. Mr. Cariani describes the play’s subject as ‘falling in and out of love.’ It is just as much about pain.”

Additional information about the play is available by calling the box office at (330) 263-2241.