UW-Green Bay theatre presents ‘Almost, Maine’

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay theatre program will present the romantic comedy Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani, later this month.

UW-Green Bay theatre Prof. John Mariano, who directs the play, says it’s basically a collection of nine smaller plays in one.

“It’s nine separate little vignettes that all take place on the same night, in the same tiny town in northern Maine,” Mariano said.

UW-Green Bay theatre presents Almost, MaineThe play features different couples in different situations but all revolving around a common theme.

“Each one is facing some sort of crisis in their romantic life,” Mariano said. “It’s basically a play about love affairs and they all kind of reach this critical moment at the same time on the same night and you get to watch each of these scenes play out.”

Mariano says the play is perfect for a college theatre group because it has so many roles. Thirteen students will perform in the play.

“At some point I feel we all can relate to at least one of the stories that are in there,” said UW-Green Bay junior Alyssa Falvey who plays the character Glory.

“It’s what I would describe as a very good date movie,” said UW-Green Bay senior Derek James Knabenbauer who plays two characters, East and Phil. “There are relationships that work out and there are relationships that don’t work out. It’s very heart-warming and very heart-breaking at the same time.”

UW-Green Bay theatre presents Almost, MaineThe play is the first by Cariani, an actor and playwright. It originally debuted in Maine in 2004.

The UW-Green Bay theatre program will enter Almost, Maine into the American College Theatre Festival, a national theatre competition through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Performances will be held Oct. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Tickets for Almost, Maine are $15 in advance and $18 at the door for adults, and $12 in advance and $15 at the door for students and seniors. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets/ or by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.

Zach McLain – Florence, Wis.
Senior, Theatre/Humanistic Studies

Jade Landry – Kohler, Wis.
Junior, Theatre – Performance/Business Administration

Alison Tyler – Stoughton, Wis.
Senior, Theatre Performance/Women Studies

Derek James Knabenbauer – Green Bay, Wis.
Senior, Theatre Performance and Psychology

Katie Sawyer – Egg Harbor, Wis.
Senior, Communication major/Theatre minor

Mike Roderique – Onalaska, Wis.
Senior, Art major/Theatre minor

Alyssa Falvey – Waukesha, Wis.
Junior, Theatre major/ French/Humanistic Studies minor

Cory Witek – Racine, Wis.
Junior, Theatre Performance/Human Development and Dance

Jessicia Breest – Jackson, Wis.
Senior, Theatre Performance/Arts Management

Jason Szmanda – East Troy, Wis.
Senior, Theatre, Psychology and Human Development, triple major

Amy Kooiman – Freedom, Wis.
Senior, Theatre Performance major/Communication and Arts Management

Ray-Anna Young – Port Edwards, Wis.
Senior, Theatre Performance/Humanistic Studies

Meg Treseddar – Rothschild, Wis.
Senior, Theatre Performance/Arts Management


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