FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 5, 2016 at the Liberty Theatre
By John Cariani
Direction by Denise Simone
20th Season Pick
Company of Fools started in 1991 with three words – magic, mystery and wonder. How fitting to end the 20th season with a play that boldly embraces all three – creating a world where love, the northern lights, mystery and magic collide into each other to create a world that is filled with wonder. It’s a Fools’ love letter to its beloved community.
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. 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.
Almost, Maine was developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002. The play made its world premiere at Portland Stage Company, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. Almost, Maine opened Off Broadway in the winter of 2005/2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre and was subsequently published by Dramatists Play Service. To date, Almost, Maine has been produced by over 2,500 theatre companies in the United States (and by over a dozen companies internationally), making it one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.
The running time for Almost, Maine is 2 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission.
Under the direction of Core Company Artist, Denise Simone, the cast features Sharon Barto Gouran, Chris Carwithen, Matthew Mitchell and Russell Simone Wilson.
*Please note: Almost Maine has replaced Outside Mullingar in the 20th Season.
Almost, Maine is generously sponsored by Carol & Len Harlig.
Bob Disbrow & Kim Kawaguchi, Linda & Bill Potter, Walt Witcover Legacy Gift, Theresa Castellano Wood & Benjamin Wood and Barbara & Stanley Zax with support from Ali Long, The Deer Creek Fund, The Michael S. Engl Family Foundation, High Country Fusion, Priscilla Pittiglio, The Shubert Foundation, Richard & Judy Smooke, Bob & Linda Edwards, Arrow ‘R Storage and Scott Miley Roofing and media sponsor The Weekly Sun.
Tickets are $35 for full price, $30 for seniors (62 and over) and Center members and $15 for students (18 and under).
These ticket prices do not include the “Pay What You Feel” preview (February 17, 10 for $10, and Educator Night (February 21). There is also a SPECIAL GROUP RATE – groups of 8 or more receive $30 tickets (a $5 savings, per ticket, if you are not a Center member!)
BEYOND THE CURTAIN SPECIAL PERFORMANCES:
Learn, explore and have fun with Company of Fools. Take advantage of some interesting ways to engage with theatre and the current performance on a deeper level:
“Pay What You Feel” Night – February 17, 7pm
Join us for the first performance of Almost, Maine and literally pay whatever you’d like! Tickets go on sale at the Liberty Theatre box office one hour prior to the performance. There are no reserved seats. Simply buy your ticket, find a seat and enjoy the show.
Date Night – February 20, 8pm
COF has created nights where going to the theatre got even a bit more fun. These performances offer discounts at our local restaurants, a chance to win a fabulously foolish goodie bag, champagne and chocolate and a whole lot more!
Educator Night – February 21, 3pm
$15 tickets are available to currently employed educators and school administrators for this designated night. These tickets may be purchased in advance. Limit two per person.
Chat Back – February 21, 3pm
Stay after the show as actors, directors and designers answer your burning questions and share fascinating stories. Chat Backs are free and don’t require advanced reservations, just stay in the theatre immediately following the show!
Backstage Tour – February 28, 3pm
Get a tour behind the scenes! COF company members take you on a fascinating tour that reveals the tricks of the trade, the colorful history of COF, and much more! Limited space available. Click here to register.
“10 for 10″
Ten seats are sold for $10 each, on each night, at the box office starting one hour prior to the performance. Limit two tickets per person.
Click on the “Buy Tickets” link above to select individual performance dates and the number of seats you’d wish to purchase or call us 208.726.9491 – we’re happy to help!
ALMOST, MAINE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Feb. 17……….7pm PAY WHAT YOU FEEL NIGHT
Thursday, Feb. 18……….7pm
Friday, Feb. 19……….8pm
Saturday, Feb. 20……….8pm Date Night
Sunday, Feb. 21……….3pm Educator’s Day/ Chat Back
Wednesday, Feb. 24……….7pm
Thursday, Feb. 25……….7pm
Friday, Feb. 26……….8pm
Saturday, Feb. 27……….8pm
Sunday, Feb. 28……….3pm Backstage Tour
Wednesday, March 2………. 7pm
Thursday, March 3……….7pm
Friday, March 4……….8pm
Saturday, March 5……….8pm
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