Almost, Maine by John Cariani
Directed by Jane Baker
Sponsored by Foard Panel
Every now and then an unfamiliar play will come to Brattleboro. Many want to be entertained by an old friend when they go out – like My Fair Lady, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Dare you risk an evening at the theatre with a stranger?
Almost, Maine is not a play quoted by professors, catalogued in the annals of pop culture, or on the list of Pulitzer Prize winners.
But what is it?
Written at the turn of the millennium, it is a play that will trap you in a state of breathless wonder. The audience is transported to the rural township of Almost, Maine, and the refresh button is hit on our contemporary expectations of what romance should be.
On a cold, clear, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote 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 hilarious ways. Knees are bruised; hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost.
This romantic comedy is as unpredictable as falling in love. It aims for the heart by way of your funny bone and the magical realism settles crisply as a frost on the landscape of these rural love stories.
“Thornton Wilder crossed with ‘The Twilight Zone.’ When the northern lights appear in the sky and the characters shine with the joyfulness of love, it’s hard not to believe that the wintry air of northern Maine isn’t the cure for heartache.” The New York Post
Almost Maine played for only one month Off Broadway - it was the wrong aesthetic for a hard-hearted New York City audience. Since then, the play has gained great success and honors at smaller theaters, and around the world.
It has broken box office sales records of almost a dozen regional theaters, been rewarded extended runs at others, and was recognized by the American National Theatre. It has become the number one choice for high school drama departments, even replacing Midsummer Night’s Dream as the most performed. And it has been performed in Mexico, Canada, Germany, Australia, and South Korea.
The most amazing way to describe this play, was published in Press based in Seoul, South Korea: “It’s what happens to your heart when the stars fall.”
PERFORMANCES:April 6-8 and 13-15
Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm