MSMC Theatre presented Almost, Maine, a play written by
John Cariani and directed by the Mount's associate professor of
theater, James Phillips.
Almost, Maine, is almost everywhere. It has been
produced by over 70 professional theater companies and by over
2,000 non-professional theater organizations across the United
States and around the world.
The play ran for three nights: April 10, 11, and 12, 2014, at
7:30 pm in the Aquinas Hall Theatre.
Read more about Almost, Maine
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s
almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it
almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to
getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the
northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find
themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees
are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and
confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be
ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.
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awards, accolades and honors for the play
About the Playwright
John Cariani is an actor and a playwright. He has appeared on
and Off Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and in
several films and television shows. He’s been nominated for a Tony
Award. He’s done movies with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken,
and Ed Asner. Most people seem to know him from Law & Order,
where he played Forensics Tech Beck from 2002-2007.
He started writing plays when he moved to New York City in the
late 1990s. He and his friends became known for an offbeat comedy
show they would put on from time to time at any downtown theater
they could find to perform in. They started to gather a little
following, and one night, up-and-coming director Gabe Barre caught
one of their shows and was taken by the odd, funny, sad, romantic
and anti-romantic little plays and sketches that comprised the
evening. A few nights later, Gabe met with John and asked him how
many of these short plays he had written, and John said, “A couple
dozen,” and Gabe asked if he could take a look at all of them and
he did…and he noticed that many of the plays were surreal love
stories, all set on a cold winter’s night in a strange little
non-town in far northern Maine, and he said, “There’s a play here.