This February, Repertory Philippines is excited to stage Almost, Maine, a series of vignettes all set in the fictional town of Almost, Maine. On a cold, wintry night with the northern lights illuminating the dark sky, the residents fall in and out of love in unusual ways.
Since its development in 2002 by John Cariani, it has garnered critical acclaim from critics, with the New York Times calling it a “beautifully structured play” and a “higher-concept and more clever version of Hollywood hits like Love Actually and Valentine’s Day.”
ALMOST, MAINE is a mythical place, owing no real geographic reference except to the human heart.
It is cold bleak landscapes, difficult to live in, and even harder to endure, but somehow the people that inhabit this place still manage to fill it with warmth, love, friendship and hope. It is their emotional journey that makes this place, located in the loneliest and most solitary corners of our hearts, still a place worth living.
Written by John Cariani, ALMOST, MAINE is one of those endearing plays that captures your imagination almost immediately, and never let’s go. With 19 characters played by a cast of only four people, it is most definitely an actor\’s piece. Two men and two women playing a host of complex characters is a daunting task indeed, and after several rounds of auditions and readings, the actors were finally found.
In the end, Reb Atadero (The Graduate, The Horse And His Boy) Caisa Borromeo (The Secret Garden, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady), Natalie Everett (The Secret Garden, The Game\’s Afoot) and Jamie Wilson (Run For Your Wife, The Bridges of Madison County) were chosen to take up the acting chores.