Saturday, November 3, 2018
Stage Manager Workshop,
Joan Dewees 2:00pm
Thursday November 8, 2018
Performance: "Almost, Maine" 7:00pm
Friday November 9, 2018
Performance: "Almost, Maine" 7:00pm
Saturday November 10, 2018
Performance: "Almost, Maine" 7:00pm
Sunday November 8, 2018
Performance: "Almost, Maine" 2:30pm
Monday December 17, 2018
Auditions: "Mamma Mia" 7:00pm
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Auditions: "Mamma Mia" 7:00pm
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Ardmore Little Theater
Ardmore, OK 73402
The Charles B. Goddard Center
401 First Ave., SW
Ardmore, OK 73401
Written By John Cariani
Auditions: October 1 - 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
Performances: November 8 - 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:30pm
Directed by Joh Mann
ALMOST, MAINE – Scene Summaries/Characters
The Prologue of Almost, Maine introduces the only recurring characters in the play: Pete and Ginette (Have been dating awhile, in their 20s/30s Pete is an out of box thinker and Ginnette will do what she can to show Pete her love) . The couple is sitting on opposite ends of a bench in front of Pete’s house in the town of Almost, Maine. After some awkward false starts, Ginette confesses her love to Pete. When Pete does not immediately return the sentiments, Ginette is flushed with embarrassment. Just when it seems as if things have gone terribly wrong, Pete admits his love as well. When Ginette comments on how close they are, Pete points out that the opposite is also true: if you measure the distance between them by going all the way around the globe, they are actually as far apart as possible. A bewildered Ginette starts to walk away from Pete to get closer to him. She continues until Pete finds himself alone on the bench.
Scene 1, titled “Her Heart,” (East a repairman and Glory, a widow, a camper and broken
hearted on a mission 40s/50s). opens outside of a farmhouse in a different part of Almost. A
woman named Glory enters carrying a bag. The porch light comes on and East, the owner of the house, comes out to find out why there is a strange woman standing in his yard. Glory, who is not from Almost, explains that she traveled a very long way to get here and would like to camp out on East’s property. East is puzzled until Glory explains that everything she read about Mainers indicated that they were very open; therefore, she assumed it would be no problem to camp out on a stranger’s yard. As the two get to know each other, East suddenly kisses Glory and tells her he thinks he is in love with her. Glory is offended and informs him that she is in Almost to pay her respects to her dead husband, whom she hopes to see in the Northern Lights. East kisses her several more times, and with each embrace the bag gets passed back and forth between them. Glory reveals that the bag contains the pieces of her broken heart. East, a repairman, vows to put the pieces back together for her. As he begins to do so, Glory watches the Lights and says goodbye to her husband.
“Sad and Glad,” Scene 2, (Jimmy – a heating and cooling guy, Sandrine (Jimmy’s ex engaged
to another man and a waitress named Villian – 20s/30s) . The two are estranged lovers who
happen to run into each other at the back of a bar in Almost. Sandrine makes repeated attempts to get away, stating that her girlfriends are waiting for her. When she notices a mark on Jimmy’s arm, he reluctantly shows it to her. The tattoo reads “Villian” a misspelling of “Villain,” which explains how Jimmy feels about letting Sandrine get away. Sandrine finally admits she is here with her girlfriends for her bachelorette party; she is getting married the next day. As they part, the obviously wounded Jimmy tries his best to put on a good face. When he is alone, the waitress who has been waiting on Jimmy and Sandrine returns. She notices Jimmy is feeling down and tells him to call her if she needs anything. The scene ends with her mentioning that her name is Villian.
Scene 3, “This Hurts,” moves the action to a laundromat, where Marvalyn and Steve (20s/30s)
meet. When Marvalyn accidentally hits Steve in the head with the ironing board, Steve tells her he has a condition that prevents him from feeling pain. As a result, he keeps a journal of things that hurt so he knows to avoid them. As Marvalyn presses him about his unusual disease, Steve admits that he’ll never know what love is like because it hurts. Marvalyn spontaneously kisses him to test his theory. Although they are obviously attracted to each other, Marvalyn fears the reaction of her boyfriend, Eric, who doesn’t trust her to be out of sight for long. As she leaves, she accidentally hits Steve again with the ironing board. To their great surprise, Steve cries out in pain.
Scene 4, “Getting It Back,” takes place in Lendall’s (20s to 40s+) living room. Lendall’s angry
girlfriend, Gayle (20s-40s+), barges in bearing a heavy bag. She continues to bring in bag after
bag, and she tells him the bags contain all of his love for her. She is fed up with their dead-end
relationship and wants all of her love back in exchange for his. Lendall reluctantly presents Gayle with a very tiny bag, and she cannot believe that he loved her so much more than she loved him. When she finally looks in the bag, she finds an engagement ring. Lendall transformed her bags and bags of love into this ring, and the scene ends with the couple reunited.
The Interlogue revisits Pete, who is still alone, sitting on the snowy bench. With only a snowball as his company, he patiently awaits Ginette, whom he hopes will return.
Scene 5, “They Fell,” finds two working-class guys, Randy and Chad (20s-50s) , having a few
beers in a potato field. After exchanging lousy date stories, Chad admits how happy his relationship with Randy makes him. Randy becomes uncomfortable and tries to change the subject. When Chad stands up, he abruptly falls to the ground and tells Randy that he “fell” in love with him. Randy angrily accuses Chad of ruining their friendship with his confession. Immediately following his tirade, Randy also falls. The two men repeatedly attempt to get to each other but continue to fall.
In Scene 6, “Where It Went,” unhappily married couple Phil and Marci (40s/50s) have just
finished an evening of ice skating. As Marci tries unsuccessfully to find her missing shoe, Phil asks her why she’s angry. Marci finally explains that it is their anniversary and Phil forgot. Both agree that it’s not working. When Marci’s shoe inexplicably drops from the sky, both take it as a sign. Marci drives off alone and leaves Phil to ponder their future.
Scene 7, “Story of Hope,” shows the title character, Hope (40s/50s) , arriving at a porch in
Almost. She rings the doorbell, and an unfamiliar man (Daniel 40s/50s) answers the door. Hope
explains that she was looking for a man named Daniel who asked her to marry him many years ago. Instead of giving him an answer, she left to travel and find herself. She desperately wants to apologize to him and thought he might still live in the family homestead. The man listens intently to the story and speculates about how slow and agonizing it must have been for Daniel. Finally, Hope recognizes the man as Daniel, who has been physically transformed into a figure half his original size because of all the hope he lost. Hope is just about to answer the question from so many years ago when Daniel’s wife, Suzette, calls from inside the house. Daniel and Hope part once again.
In Scene 8, “Seeing the Thing,” friends Dave and Rhonda (most likely 20s/30s but maybe
older) have just finished snowmobiling and arrive outside her shack of a house. Dave gives her a
pointillist painting he painted for her. Dave confesses his love for her, but she tries to avoid his advances by trying to figure out the image in the painting. Rhonda, a tomboy, admits that most men don’t think of her romantically; she has never been kissed nor has she slept with a man. When Dave kisses her, she gives into their passion and the two comically remove numerous layers of clothing before heading in for the romantic liaison. As they exit into the house, the painting is finally revealed to the audience: a heart.
In the Epilogue, Pete is still looking for Ginette, who went away to get close to him. Nervous and impatient, he crosses over to where she exited to see if she might return. Just then, Ginette re-enters from the opposite side of the stage. Pete notices her presence and quietly asks her if she really has traveled all the way around the world to him. She confirms this, and the two embrace. The play ends with the reunited couple sitting on the bench, taking in the stars in the evening sky.
Auditions for Ardmore Little Theatre's next show of the 2018-2019 season, “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, will be Monday and Tuesday, October 1 & 2, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Goddard Center. Please enter by the stage door on the North side of the building. Scripts are available in the ALT office, but please remember ALL scripts must be returned to ALT the first night of auditions. Volunteers are always welcome to work on sets, props, box office and other backstage areas. Everyone is encouraged to participate. You do not have to be a member of ALT to be involved in the production.
Joh Mann will be directing this comedy for Ardmore Little Theatre. She has directed many plays for Ardmore Little Theatre, “Dearly Beloved”, “Over the River and Through the Woods”, “Karaoke Killer” and last year's “Murdered to Death” to name just a few. Performances will be November 8 - 11, 2018 at the Goddard Center. All performances are at 7:00pm, except for the Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.
SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States—it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just…Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.
ALMOST, MAINE: It's love. But not quite.
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLAY AND CASTING:
Almost, Maine features a series of short vignettes in which residents of a small, fictional town fall in and out of love in unexpected (and sometimes hilarious) ways. The original production of Almost, Maine had only four actors, two women and two men. For ALT's production, we will be casting from 6 to 18 actors, depending on audition results. The portrayed characters range in age from the early 20's into the 60's or 70's.
There may be a possibility of having actors double in different roles. A description of characters and scenes is detailed below.
Here is a description of the people of this place and the tone of the play written by the author.
“The people of Almost, Maine are not simpletons. They are not hicks or rednecks. They are not quaint, quirky eccentrics. They don't wear funny clothes and funny hats. They don't have funny Maine accents. They are not “Down Easters.” They are not fishermen or lobstermen. They don't wear galoshes and rain hats. They don't say, “Ayuh.”
“The people of Almost, Maine are ordinary people. They work hard for a living. They are extremely dignified. They are honest and true. They are not cynical. They are not sarcastic. They are not glib. But this does not mean that they are dumb. They're very smart. They just take time to wonder about things. They speak simply, honestly, truly, and from the heart. They are never precious about what they say or do.
“Please keep in mind that “cute will kill this play. Almost, Maine is inherently pretty sweet. There is no need to sentimentalize the material. Just… let it be what it is – a play about real people who are really truly, honestly dealing with the toughest thing there is to deal with in life: love.”