Mercyhurst Theater Program presents popular new play, ‘Almost, Maine’

John Cariani’s popular new play, “Almost, Maine,” will be performed April 20-22 in Taylor Little Theatre. This endearing production about love and loss closes out the Mercyhurst Theater Program’s premiere season.

Featuring eight short scenes, the play is performed in two acts with a prologue, “interlogue” and epilogue. Evening performances are Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 22.

All of the scenes in “Almost, Maine” take place on one special night when the northern lights are active and are exerting a magical influence over a small, quiet town in Maine.

While watching the northern lights, a woman with a broken heart learns that there is hope, and two young people try to express their feelings for each other for the first time. Nearby, a man tries to woo the girl next door, a married couple tries to recapture the missing spark in their lives by recreating their first date, and a woman comes home after many years to track down her high school sweetheart.

Relationships are formed and strengthened between two tenants doing laundry in an apartment building and between two men commiserating about the “dating game.” A man runs into his ex-girlfriend at her bachelorette party while an older couple learns the value of quality in their
relationship.

Many of these inhabitants of this mythical town learn about friendship, healing and love. Others find they must put the past behind them, yet each story has one definite message - that small magical moments occur around us every day.

A cast of six students will perform “Almost, Maine,” including Mat Anderson, Chris Cummings, Nikki Zeak, Katie Cecchetti, Marie Glaser and Ally Peterseim. Each will play multiple roles in different scenes.

Their director, adjunct faculty member Carolin Lynn, and her assistant, student Brianna Carles, will work with Erie set/lighting designer Harold Hotchkiss to create a whimsical atmosphere. Other members of the production team are stage manager Alex Stacey and set builder Dan Kilgus.

Tickets for “Almost, Maine” are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for youths (12 and under) and $2 for Mercyhurst students. They can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) box office at 824-3000.
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