New to the ACTORS stage this year is a limited two-night engagement, called an ACTORS Extra. The debut of this new series is the beautiful and heartwarming play “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani. The story is about the people in a fictitious town in Northern Maine that is so far north it almost isn’t in Maine, and it is so small it almost doesn’t exist: hence, Almost, Maine.
Almost, Maine is play made up of nine vignettes that feature five actors playing all of the 19 characters. So for example, the women each play up to five different characters. Each vignette includes two characters that tell the story of where they are in their relationship. Since Almost, Maine is a small town, everyone knows everyone else, and that complicates the relationships between the stories. During the evening, the cast takes the audience to from meeting to falling in love to falling out of love.
The cast of five actors includes some returning favorites at ACTORS. Libby Gardner, a Nevada resident, and Morgan Mulford were last seen in “9 to 5, the Musical.” Troy Gould plays four different characters and was last seen in “Other Desert Cities.” Ben Smith and Cindy Overton round out the cast and were just seen in “Rumors.” They all agree that the challenge has been to develop different character voices, mannerisms and looks so that every character they play is different.
Director Josh McCauley said, ”Bringing this fictional town and the people that live there to life has been such a wonderful challenge for the actors. We see couples in very different stages in their lives, ranging from new beginnings, to betrothals and finally to lost love.”
Performances of Almost, Maine will be on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday Dec. 1, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are general admission and priced at $10. You may purchase your tickets on the ACTORS website (www.actorsinc.org), or at Alpha Copies at 3615 Lincoln Way or 512 East Lincoln Way.