Wilkes University’s Theatre Department has been preparing their own production of the complex, and often comedic, romance script. Carriani, born in Maine, took his experiences from several locations in Maine and combined them in the very precise town of Almost. The play follows eight vignettes surrounding vastly different characters; all eight vignettes occur at the same time and are related. While the entire work pertains to the theme of love, each vignette involves an intricate exchange between two or more characters.
The department is optimistic toward the show’s nature and the production quality. Professor of Theatre, Naomi Baker, remarks, “It’s a really wonderful script.”
Dr. Joseph Dawson, Chair of the Performing Arts Division at Wilkes University, is directing Almost, Maine and designing the costumes. Wilkes student Jimmy Basquill holds the production together as Stage Manager.
Cast members include: Alex Fahnestock (Pete), Nicole Weaver (Ginette), Luke Brady (East-End Randy), Kelly Pleva (Glory), Bill McGovern (Jimmy & Chad), Erin Weinberger (Sandrine), Nina Vazquez (Waitress & Rhonda), Lacy Willis (Marvalyn & Marci), Jamie Alderiso (Steve & Daniel), Casey Gaul (Gayle & Hope), Corey Martin (Lendall & Dave), Dino Osmanouid (Phil).
The Theatre department and cast encourage students and community members to attend their presentation of Almost, Maine. Performance dates are Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 2:00 p.m. Admission for Wilkes students and faculty is free with valid Wilkes ID. General admission is $15, non-Wilkes student and senior citizen admission is $5.