The SUNY Orange Apprentice Players will present John Cariani’s celebrated “Almost Maine” on stage at the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange during the weekends of November 8-10 and 15-17.
Almost, Maine is located somewhere between Norman Rockwell and the northern lights that hover in the star-filled sky above. The people of Almost are honest and unsentimental, prepared for the vicissitudes of love by the stoicism and hardiness that Mainers are famous for. A series of gently told and amiably absurdist vignettes are fortified with humor and a touch of magic … like love itself.
A woman carries her heart, broken into 19 pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keeps the love they have given each other in large red bags--or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of Cariani’s Almost, Maine. Bended knees are bruised and hearts are broken with a sweetness and decency that’s rare in today’s theatre.
The alumni/student cast includes John Adler, Natalie Bronson, Brian Brown, Paul Caiafa, Tristen Collins, Mario Henriquez-Saez, Nicholas Kanan, Autumn Kimball, Ian Miller, Maggie Misciagna, Lyndsay O’Brien, William Odell, Christina Polichetti, Dominick Rico, Sarandon Shindon, Kali Smith, and Phillip Valluzzi.
Under the direction of SUNY Orange theatre professor David Cohen, “Almost Maine” will be performed on Friday and Saturday, November 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, November 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. The audience is invited to stay for a talk-back with the director and cast following each Saturday evening performance. This performance is suitable for theatre-goers of all ages.
Tickets are required to enter the theatre, regardless of age. Cash, check, or major credit cards are accepted at the box office, which opens one hour before curtain time. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, faculty/staff, and alumni; and $4 for students. Active duty military are admitted free. Student tickets are available at the box office only.
All other tickets may be purchased in advance online at sunyorange.edu. Click on the “Community and Events” tab and then click “Theatre Tickets.” There is a $2.50 service charge per ticket for online orders. Tickets can be printed at home or picked up at the box office. For group prices (10 or more), call (845) 341-4790.
For more information, contact Max Schaefer at (845) 341-4790. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page. The William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall is universally accessible. Parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.