HAYS, Kan. -- In the mythical town
of Almost, Maine, the residents find themselves falling in and out of love in
unexpected and often hilarious ways.
The Department of Music and Theatre
at Fort Hays State University presents John Cariani's "Almost, Maine"
from Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and at 2:30
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall.
Set on a cold, clear moonless Friday
night in the middle of winter, "Almost, Maine" has eight scenes of
the ups and downs of love lives.
played by Sarah Werling, Solomon sophomore, and Pete, played by Ryan
Ross, Highlands Ranch, Colo., freshman, sit on a park bench daring to
admit they love each other.
Heart" stars Glory, played by Lydia Fuqua, Jetmore senior, who
travels to Maine to see the northern lights. Clutching a brown paper bag,
symbolizing her heart, she meets East, Timothy Tarkelly, Chanute junior,
who happens to keep ending up with the bag.
"Sad and Glad" stars
Sandrine, Breanna Bezona, Manter freshman, who disappeared one night
without explanation when she bumped into her ex, Jimmy, played by Cade
Sullivan, Salina freshman. In their reunion she confesses that she's
about to be married. Their waitress, played by Sarah Werling, Solomon
sophomore, reminds him of the Friday night special but Jimmy doesn't take her
up on the offer.
"This Hurts" stars
Marvalyn, played by Samie Pfeifer, Hays junior, and Steve, played by
Gabe Bristow, Golden, Colo., sophomore, as they discuss whether bleeding
and bruising are the only forms of hurt, whether love can hurt, whether
Marvalyn is in love, and whether Steve will ever be in love. An unexpected kiss
puts all these questions to the test.
"Getting It Back" stars
Gayle, played by Hannah Keil, Hays freshman, and Lendall, played by
Daniel Hill, Kensington sophomore, as they learn that love demands
commitment and work.
"They Fell" stars Randy,
played by Tyler Wayman, McLouth freshman, and Chad, Collin Wilson, Ulysses
freshman, as they explore how love requires friendship and knows no boundaries.
Went" stars Marci, played by Jera Gales, Coldwater freshman, and
Phil, played by Perell Stanley, Norton sophomore, as they learn that
untended love dies.
"The Story of Hope" stars,
Hope, played by Amy Smarsh, Colwich freshman, and Man, played by Ethan
Merrill, Sterling, Colo., junior, as they look at how love creates a
void when not acted upon.
"Seeing the Thing" stars
Rhonda, played by Lexi Weese, Abilene junior, and Dave, played by
Phillip Hartman, Pratt sophomore, as they explore how love strips people
bare to the soul.