MSMC Theatre presents Almost, Maine

April 11, 2014 7:30 PM
Aquinas Hall Theatre

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 here


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 the same.

ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.

View a list of 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. Almost.”

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