Almost, Maine

The Rice Players presentĀ Almost, MaineĀ by John Cariani at Hamman Hall, Rice University, April 6-8, 13-15 at 8:00PM each night.

Tickets and Parking:

General Admission- $10

Senior Citizens and Rice Faculty, Staff, and Alumni- $8

Current Rice Students- $5

Call 713-348-7529 (PLAY) for ticket purchasing and venue info. Tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the box office. Hamman Hall Lobby will be open 30 minutes before each performance (at 7:30PM for Almost, Maine goers).

Parking information can be found at parking.rice.edu

Background:

Comprising nine short plays that center on the townspeople of the fictional town of Almost and exploring their struggles with love and loss, this play by John Cariani is known for its lighthearted commentary on the ups and downs of romance. Though much of the play evokes a sense of the mythical and magical, its elements and experiences are grounded in a reality that pierces through the stage to explore our desires, hopes, fears, and regrets.

Director: Clara Goodwin

Stage Manager: Lilah Muthusamy

Cast:

Sierra Beckstrom- Glory

Justin Bernard- Randy

Carmella DeSerto- Sandrine

Abigail Grayson- Hope/Waitress

William Grimme- Chad/Man

Tori Joshi- Marci

Minoti Kale- Gayle

Alan Kim- Dave

Dorian Korein- Steve/Phil

Zachary McCray- East

Matt Pittard- Lendall

Jake Reinhart- Jimmy/Pete

Abby Sledge- Rhonda/Marvalyn

Synopsis:

In this play, several short vignettes that focus on different subjects (both with characters and topic matters) combine together to form a loose overarching story about the obstacles experienced in the pursuit of love. Though these moments differ in who they follow, the various folk dwelling within the town Almost, located on the border of Maine and Canada, are not separate in their lives- they form a community- nor are their stories. Weaving a tapestry that embodies love as a tumultuous, evolving, and moving narrative rather than a feeling, this play grants insights into the awesome power of love; something that can exciting, terrifying, radical, tame, passionate, disillusioned, hopeful, and heartbreaking.

It truly is an exploration of love and all its entanglements.

Come join us for a wonderful performance!