Wheeling Jesuit Students to Perform Almost, Maine in November

  WJU News
  Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:05 AM
  Student Services, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Members of Wheeling Jesuit University’s Theater Guild will take center stage in November and bring to life Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani.

wju-fall-theater---web.jpgThe production, featuring nine WJU students, will be held Nov. 16-18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in Troy Theater, located inside Swint Hall on the university’s campus.

Almost, Maine is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote mythical almost-town -- 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.

“After several seasons of more serious dramatic productions, the Theater Guild decided that it wanted to open this year’s season with a feel-good play that celebrated love. Almost, Maine is the perfect choice,” said Dave Henderson, of Oglebay Institute and play director. “The play is a series of nine whimsical vignettes about falling in and out of love. Almost, Maine is sure to provide audiences with a welcome respite from the harsh realities in today’s world. 

The ensemble cast for the university’s Fall production includes:

Nate Foster
Stephen Hansknecht
Mackenzie Shepherd
Christine Mellick
Swazi Blue
Halli Richards 
Bernadette Tirador
Pierce Griffith
Cody Stanton
Rachel Watson

Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful and sincere.

Through the nine loosely connected tales about love, the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest of ways -- A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond.

The production is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the WJU Theater Guild Office at 304-243-2090.

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