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Almost, Maine (FALL PLAY)

FALL PLAY AUDITIONS

THE PRODUCTION

This year's Fall production will be Almost, Main  by John Cariani. 

TIME

The Present, precisely 9PM.

SETTING

Beneath the mystical Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. It is a cold, Midwinter Night in the town of Almost, Maine which is a mythical composite of several towns in Northern Maine located somewhere in the heart of Aroostook County.  

STYLE

Almost, Main is a combination of fantasy, wit, and sorcery.  The scenes in the play are sweet, comical, and romantic in tone.

SYNOPSIS

Almost, Maine consists of several playful, surreal scenes loosely connected along the theme of love, and its connection to the mystical Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Almost, Maine has potential for a large cast of eccentric characters. Each story has its own twist in which relationships end, begin, and end; strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers again.   

 

THE CHARACTERS

There is potential for up to 19 performers in this production!  However, likely, parts will be double or even triple cast, depending on student interest/turn out  for this production.   .

 

AUDITIONS

Wednesday, 8/24 @ 2:30PM (on the GWHS stage)

Thursday, 8/25 @ 2PM (on the GWHS stage)

CALLBACK: Friday 8/26 @ 3:45 (on the GWHS stage)

REHEARSALS: Tues. 8/30 – Wed 11/09 (3-4 days per week, pending casting)

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  You will NOT be required to prepare a monologue.  However, there may be a few required improvisations; dress comfortably 

Specific rehearsal days for scenes are yet to be determined. However, pending total actors cast, every actor will not be called to every rehearsal

PERFORMANCES

Preview, Thursday, November 10th, @ 3 PM

Friday & Saturday November 11th  & 12th  @ 7:30PM

 Friday & Saturday November 18th  & 19th @ 7:30PM

REVIEWS

"...Almost Maine is  a place where the northern lights fizz with a magical intensity and life comes sprinkled with a coating of sugar, sorrow, and snow."

.............................................The guardian.com, London, January, 2015

"As groups of stars form constellations, so these brief episodes are connected by time and place ...as well as by their wistful charm, quirky humor and bracing sense of hopefulness.." ..........

                                             www.curtainup.com, January 2006

" Cariani’s work is a masterful and poignantly touching piece of theatre; simple in its messages, yet deeply complex in its meaning. ...these stories are humorously heartwarming and touching."
                                            
http://www.theatrebloom.com, March, 2015

"A comedy...exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows, John Cariani's play will evoke either 'awww's' or 'ick's,' depending on your affection for its whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance."

                                             The New York Times, January, 2006

THE PLAYWRIGHT

            John Cariani began writing plays in New York City in the 1990's.  As an actor, he has appeared on and Off Broadway, in Regional theater and in films with actors the likes of Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Ed Asner, among many others.   In the television series Law & Order, Cariani portrayed Forensics Tech-Beck from 2002-2007.  His play, Almost, Maine, premiered in Portland, Maine, in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered much critical acclaim.  Now translated into 20 languages, Cariani’s play has become one of the most regularly produced plays in U.S. high schools.  In 2010, Almost, Maine was the first play to be produced more than Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the first time, since such records have been kept, that Shakespeare was so surpassed.  John Cariani has been nominated for a Tony Award and continues to act and write plays .  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

         Additional questions about this production, may be emailed to the director, Mr. Strain, on school loop, or come by room 222 or 141.

Best,      J.M. Strain