Almost, Maine

Directed by Jimmie Lee Brooks, III

 

Casting Notes

 

Auditions:

January 8 & 9 7-9 p.m.

Lost Colony Administration Building

Roanoke Island

(Next to Elizabethan Gardens)

 

Almost, Maine is a play by John Cariani, comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. There are eleven short scenes: the Prologue (which continues in the Interlogue and Epilogue), Her Heart, Sad and Glad, This Hurts, Getting It Back, They Fell, Where It Went, Story of Hope, and Seeing the Thing. Besides a few references to characters in other scenes, the stories do not intertwine.

 

Almost, Maine opened Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre on January 12, 2006 and closed on February 12, 2006. Though its Off Broadway run was brief, the play is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006 and has proved popular in professional and nonprofessional theatre companies worldwide. It is now the most produced play in North American high schools, recently supplanting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

Almost, Maine can be cast with anywhere from 4 - 19 people. The play contains nine vignettes. Four actors can play numerous different characters or 19 characters can each portray a different person. Our director is open to casting at the moment. He is interested in couples auditioning for just one scene, or in individuals who want to play one role or many.

 

We prefer that people come for the first day of auditions (Monday, January 8), and to reserve the second night for call backs. However, we will audition anyone on Tuesday (Jan. 9) who is unavailable on Monday.

 

All those wishing to audition should read this segment of the play as well as the playwright's notes. The director will give blocking and directing notes, and then pair everyone up to perform the scene (couples may attend the auditions pre-paired if they so desire). The second night will be used for call backs to see participants read other scenes from the play.

 

Rehearsals will be held in the evening hours three to four nights a week between January 14 and February 1. Performances will be February 2 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and February 4 & 11 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be upstairs at the Dare County Arts Council Building, in the old courthouse. Actors chosen for these roles should be prepared to work hard and learn their lines quickly, as we only have a three week rehearsal period before opening night. 

 

All roles are available and casting is open, and newcomers to Theatre of Dare are welcome and encouraged.

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