'Almost, Maine' is a Play About Love and Transitions

McKendree University Theatre Students Perform at the Hett, Nov. 5-8

(LEBANON, Ill., November 2, 2015) - A large ensemble cast from the McKendree University Theatre Department presents “Almost, Maine,” nine vignettes about love with a few surprise endings, Nov. 5-8 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected, often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend - almost - in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Written by John Cariani, “‘Almost, Maine’ is a play about transitions,” said Director Michelle Magnussen, associate professor of theatre. “Each character faces a choice - risk everything for a chance at love, or stay safe and refuse to take that leap. The chance for happiness requires a leap into the unknown. Some characters are willing to take that chance, others are not. That’s what I find fascinating about it.”

The play will be staged on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Hett opens for general admission seating 30 minutes before curtain. For more information, visit the McKendree Theatre Department Facebook page or email mlmagnussen@mckendree.edu.

 

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The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts—“The Hett”—is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. www.theHett.com