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Almost, MaineAlmost, Maine
by John Cariani

February 13 - March 7, 2009

Directed by Brett Young

 

"Almost, Maine" is a remote locale in northern Maine where folks are falling in and out of love at an alarming rate on one particular night.

Almost is not quite a town because, as a character explains: "You’re in an unorganized territory, Township Thirteen, Range Seven. See, to be a town, you gotta get organized. And we never got around to gettin' organized, so…we're just Almost."

     

The word "almost" can conjure either a feeling of loss or brimming hope, and both of those feelings run through the nine different romantic encounters in the play. With a whimsical approach, each story explores gaining or losing love, perhaps discovering love where it is least expected or not recognizing where it had always been. All of the stories are also connected by time, as each is occurring at 9 p.m. on the same Friday night in the middle of winter. Another connecting thread is the strong physical reaction different characters have to the complications of love.

      

One character gets an odd tattoo, another carries around shards of her broken heart in a bag after her husband’s betrayal, two young men are literally struck to the ground when they discover their hidden feelings for each other, and one character who cannot feel pain suddenly experiences both pain and love due to a hilarious ironing board accident.

  

  

  

Playwright John Cariani is probably best-known as an actor, most notably for a recurring role on "Law and Order" and his award-winning turn on Broadway in the 2004 revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." He complained once to his mother that he wasn’t too keen on many of the new plays he was seeing. He thought that they were too New York-centric and there was a lot more world to portray than just New York City. His mother replied, "Well, don't complain about that unless you're willing to do something about it." And so he began to write backstage during his down time.

   

     

ALMOST, MAINE was inspired by his memories of growing up in Presque Isle, Maine, an 11-12 hour drive north of NYC. Cariani says: "Where I grew up had a huge influence on me. It's a place where there aren't many people and there's lots of sky. The world feels much bigger there somehow. New York is all about people and the things people make. Presque Isle is the opposite. It's about the things people don't make – like the sky and the woods and wide open space. So the play is mostly a tribute to that place – a place where there seems to me so much possibility because there's time and space to daydream."

  

  

 

 THE CAST    

 

 

Ginette, Waitress   Dana Hanley
Pete, Lendall, Phil, Man   Jonathan Siler
East, Jimmy, Chad, Dave   Addison Miller
Glory, Gail, Hope   Kris Schinske
Sandrine, Marvalyn, Marci, Rhonda   Rebecca Damron
Steve, Randy   Alan Tran
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Brett Young
Set Design   Brett Young
Costume Design   Robert Pittenridge
Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Sound Design   Rodney Brazil
Stage Manager   Scotty Taylor
Light Board Operator   Shane Green
Sound Technician   Wes Green
Set Construction   Steven Gillmore
Scenic Artist   Nick Backes
Other Scenic Painting   Rhonda Clark
Steven Gillmore
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Crew & Dressers   Jessica Carabajal
Vivian Le
Poster & Ad Design   Jonathan Siler
Website Photos   Rhonda Clark
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
CST Artistic Director   Rhonda Clark
CST Box Office Manager   Vicky Zipf
CST Technical Director   Steven Gillmore
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Chris Castleberry - Alanna Jones - Classen SAS Drama Department - Jon Womastek

Cast Sponsor: Larry & Leah Westmoreland
Opening Night Party Sponsor: Ron & Alyce Paige and Roger & Joy Quinn

 
   

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