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Green Fields Drama Students Play Multiple Characters in "Almost, Maine"
TUCSON, AZ – "Almost, Maine" is a remote mythical hamlet so far north, it's almost in Canada and almost forgotten. This play, written by John Cariani, is a series of amiably absurdist vignettes about love in the middle of winter in this smaller than small town.
It will be presented on April 14 and 15 by the advanced drama class at Green Fields K-12 School. Everyone plays multiple roles as the stories of these quirky characters unfold. "Almost, Maine" directed by faculty member Mickey Nugent.
The play takes place one cold, clear night while the Northern Lights hover in the sky above. The residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Love is lost, found and confounded. It's love – but not quite.
Critics call this charming play "utterly endearing," "magical" "sweet, poignant and witty." The New York Post described it as "Thornton Wilder crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
First staged in 2004 in Portland, Maine, the play proved popular in both professional and nonprofessional theatre companies worldwide. "Almost, Maine" is now the most produced play in North American high schools, recently supplanting Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," according to Dramatics magazine.
There are nine short scenes – Her Heart, Sad and Glad, This Hurts, Getting It Back, They Fell, Where It Went, Story of Hope and Seeing the Thing – plus the prologue which continues in the interlogue and epilogue.
Five graduating seniors are featured, performing their final roles on the stage of the Green Fields Center for the Performing Arts. They are Maggie Alexander, Madelyn Darnell, Noah McKenna, Danielle Ozols and Alex Weeks.
Tickets are $8 at the door. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. The 22-acre Green Fields campus is in northwest Tucson at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Orange Grove and Shannon Roads.
Founded in 1933, Green Fields is Southern Arizona's oldest independent school offering a continuum of education from kindergarten through 12th grade. The curriculum includes core classes in English, history, science, math, the fine arts, Spanish and French, plus technology, publications and competitive sports. Young students have the opportunity to interact with older classmates, who serve as mentors and role models. For more information, call 297-2288 or visit www.greenfields.org.
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