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Lamar stages whimsical romance ‘Almost, Maine’

Winter nights are long and cold in the fictional small town of Almost, Maine. But when the magic of the northern lights brightens the sky, the sleepy town comes to life as its citizens discover love

.Lamar University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will stage “Almost, Maine,” John Cariani’s whimsical modern-day play, Oct. 24 – 27 in the Studio Theatre.

“Almost, Maine” has been produced by nearly 2000 theater companies in the United States and by more than a dozen companies internationally, making it one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade. Charming, clever and honest, the play strings together a series of vignettes to tell the story of a small, remote town where ordinary people undergo surprising and extraordinary events.

“It really speaks to us as human beings,” said Brian LeTraunik, visiting theatre instructor and director of the play. “The play is about love, about the moments when loves happens, and the moment when love ends. It delves into the joy, the pain, and the comedy of love, and the moment when regret turns into a new opportunity.”

The four-person cast features Shea Duerler of Beaumont; Steven Hoffman Jr., Elmira, NY; Aimee Shepard, Chicago; and Chloe Sullivan, Kountze, all playing multiple roles.

Production staff includes Aaron Michael Chang, Groves, as stage manager; Hilary Hays, Silsbee, assistant director; Tracie VanLaw, Winnie, assistant stage manager; and faculty members Jeff Wisor, set and light design, and Kelly Draper, costume design.

Performances of “Almost, Maine” will be in the Studio Theatre, 4400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway on the Lamar campus. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. each night, with only a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, students and LU faculty/staff; and $7 for LU students. 

Call (409) 880-2250 for reservations and additional information, or visit www.lamar.edu/theatre.