Press Release: Almost Maine






Written by John Cariani
Directed by David Rose

Limited Engagement opens Saturday, February 9 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank!

January 10, 2008…Burbank…The Colony Theatre Company presents the fourth production of its 2007 – 2008 season, the Los Angeles Premiere of ALMOST MAINE, written by John Cariani, directed by David Rose and featuring Caroline Kinsolving, Louis Lotorto, Donald Sage Mackay and Dee Ann Newkirk.  ALMOST MAINE will preview on Wednesday, February 6; Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, February 9 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, March 9 at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.

On a Friday night in deepest winter, the residents of the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine (so far north it's almost in Canada) are falling in and out of love in unexpected, unusual, and often hilarious ways.  As the northern lights hover magically overhead, knees are getting bruised, and hearts are getting broken.  But the bruises heal and hearts mend -- almost -- in this delightful romantic comedy where 4 actors play 19 different characters.  


JOHN CARIANI (Playwright) Cariani, a native of Presque Isle, Maine, was active in musical theatre during high school. After attending Amherst College as a history major, he moved to New York City to pursue a career. Cariani made his debut in the Off-Broadway play It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To). Later, Cariani earned the part of Motel in the Fiddler on the Roof revival - his first Broadway role. For this performance, he was nominated at the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.  As a playwright, Cariani has written several plays including Almost, Maine, first performed by the Portland Stage Company, and cul-de-sac. In addition to his theatre work, Cariani has appeared on the television shows “Law & Order” and “Ed,” as well as the films “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “Scotland, PA.”

Director DAVID ROSE has 23 productions to his credit since he became a company member in1990. He staged recent Colony productions of Master Harold…and the Boys, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Written by A Young Lady From Rwanda, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Sherlock’s Last Case, The Drawer Boy, Fuddy Meers, The Nerd (with French Stewart), The Man Who Came to Dinner, and the World Premiere of Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme.  He also directed Our Country’s Good (six L.A. Ovation award nominations, Drama-Logue award), the L.A. Premiere of The Living, The Front Page (L.A. Weekly award – Revival Production of the Year), You Can’t Take it With You (Drama-Logue award), June Moon, and the West Coast Premiere of Peccadillo. As an actor, he has appeared at the Colony in Morning’s at Seven, The Clearing, Incident at Vichy, Einstein and the Polar Bear, Pastoral, and Bedroom Farce (Drama-Logue award.) Elsewhere in Los Angeles, he has directed productions of Geniuses (Drama-Logue award), Justin Tanner’s Big Bear, and the smash hit Road to Nirvana (Drama-Logue award) – all at Third Stage, as well as The Dining Room at Theatre 40, Inspecting Carol at the Ivy Substation (Drama-Logue award) and Chased From Paradise and The Blues are Running at the Lost Studio. He is the former Artistic Director of The New York Comedy Repertory Ensemble and a founding member of Washington D.C’s acclaimed Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.       


ALMOST MAINE features Caroline Kinsolving (Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at New York's Harold Clurman Theatre and Viola in Twelfth Night), Louis Lotorto (The Colony Productions of I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given to me by a Young Lady From Rwanda and The Glass Menagerie),  Donald Sage Mackay  (The Colony Productions of Fuddy Meers and Toys in the Attic) and Dee Ann Newkirk (Broadway, A Month in the Country, Circle in the Square's production of The Crucible).

ALMOST MAINE has assembled an award-winning design team.  The set design is by David Potts (Sherlock’s Last Case, Grand Hotel).  The costume design is by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (The Ladies of the Camellias, Trying).  The lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick (The Thousandth Night, The Marvelous Wonderettes).  The sound design is by John Zalewski (The Thousandth Night, The Cherry Orchard).       

ALMOST MAINE will open on Saturday, February 9 and perform through Sunday, March 9, 2007.  Performances for ALMOST MAINE will perform Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. There will be additional performances on Saturday, February 16 and February 23 at 3pm and Thursday, February 28 and March 6 at 8pm. There is no performance on Sunday February 10 at 7pm.  Ticket prices range from $37.00 - $42.00 (student, senior and group discounts are available).  Preview performances will be Wednesday, February 6 at 8pm; Thursday, February 7 at 8pm and Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm. Preview Tickets are $20.00 - $25.00.  Opening night performance with reception - all tickets $50.00.  There are question and answer talkbacks after the performances on Friday, February 15, and Thursday, February 28.  There will also be a Pay What You Can performance on Sunday, February 17, at 7 pm, where tickets can be purchased that day in person from 5 to 6 pm, cash only, first-come first-served. For tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15.       

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The award-winning Colony Theatre Company is Burbank's premiere professional theatre. It was voted "Best Live Theatre in L.A." in The Daily News 2006 Readers' Choice poll, and was named one of "25 Notable U.S. Theatre Companies" by Encyclopedia Britannica's 2006 Almanac.