Quirky look at love ‘Almost, Maine’ hits stage April 22-26

Western Carolina University students James Martin and Anna Latanyshyn perform in a scene from “Almost, Maine,” a play about love, on stage April 22-26 at WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

Western Carolina University students James Martin and Anna Latanyshyn perform in a scene from “Almost, Maine,” a play about love, on stage April 22-26 at WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

The surprising nature of love is the theme of “Almost Maine,” on stage Wednesday through Sunday, April 22 through 26, at Western Carolina University.

Part of WCU’s 2008-09 Mainstage season, “Almost, Maine” will show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Hoey Auditorium on the WCU campus. Tickets cost $20 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

Written by John Cariani, “Almost, Maine” is a series of eight scenes about people falling in and out of love during a showing of the northern lights in a town in rural Maine. Critics have called the play smart, funny and endearing, and The Wall Street Journal selected it as a best regional production of 2004-05.

“It’s the most adorable play you’ll ever see in your life,” said Peter Savage, the play’s director, a visiting professor in the department of stage and screen, and a Maine native. “The play will resonate with everyone who has been in love or is planning to be in love or has fallen out of love. Overall, the theme is hopeful – there’s no anger or resentment or revenge.”

The play’s actors, all theater majors, are seniors Kelli Flynn and Kathryn Martin; juniors Ben Chafetz, Dayna Damron, Anna Latanyshyn, James Martin and Nathaniel Mason; and sophomore Robert Trotter. Each scene features different characters, so cast members have multiple parts.

The final installment of the 2008-09 Mainstage season is the “Spring Dance Showcase,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center. This popular, annual event showcases the talents of WCU’s alumni, faculty, staff and students with a variety of dance genres and music.

To purchase tickets for “Almost, Maine,” visit the Fine and Performing Arts Center box office or, for Visa and MasterCard orders, call the box office at (828) 227-2479. Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets also are available at the door. For more information, call WCU’s department of stage and screen at (828) 227-7491.