Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Douglas College production of Almost, Maine runs Nov. 5-13


Douglas College students will explore the complexities surrounding love and loss in the production of Almost, Maine.

Running from Nov. 5-13, the critically-acclaimed play, written by award-winning actor and playwright John Cariani, is comprised of a series of stories focusing on love and loss in the tiny, remote town of Almost, Maine.

The College production – presented jointly by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology – will showcase six of the 11 scenes.

“It’s about the tiny magic moments in life, the zing between people, where something just might occur – that’s the ‘almost’ of Almost, Maine. The characters experience these spark-and-crackle moments when things shift and spaces open between two people,” director Deborah Neville says.

“All the scenes have moments where things blow open – hearts blow open, connections light up, change is possible.”

The backdrop to the unusual love stories is the beautiful lights of the aurora borealis, which is weaved into stories throughout the play.

“None of the stories share what’s to come next – they’re about the match-strike moments – that’s the focus. And the aurora borealis is almost like a character by itself,” Neville says.

The cast of Douglas students includes Surrey resident Jamie Armstrong as East and Waitress, Vancouver resident Sean Brown as Randy and Jimmy, Burnaby resident Nina Dosdall as Glory and Rhonda, Langley resident Logan Tower as Pete and Chad, White Rock resident Jace Byers as Dave and Lendall, and South Surrey resident Rachel Fournier as Ginette and Sandrine.

Almost, Maine runs Nov. 5-13 at the Douglas College Studio Theatre at the New Westminster campus, 700 Royal Ave.

Tickets ($10-$20) are available in advance through Tickets New West: TicketsNW.ca