‘Almost, Maine’ looks at the joys, difficulties of love
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Jeremy Lynch and Sarah Sidwell perform in the vignette “This Hurts,” from the play “Almost, Maine.”                                                                             Photo courtesy of Chaz Howard
Jeremy Lynch and Sarah Sidwell perform in the vignette “This Hurts,” from the play “Almost, Maine.” Photo courtesy of Chaz Howard
The Moab Theater Group will be performing “Almost, Maine,” a play made up of seven vignettes that examine the lives and loves of some of the citizens of the fictional town of Almost, Maine.

Described as a “fable about the joys and tribulations of love – what it means to win, to keep and to lose ... love,” the play tells the stories of salty mill workers, intrepid star-gazers, lost tourists, tough and not-so–tough women and men trying to make sense of that strange thing called love. Nightly performances will be Feb. 13-15 at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 125 E. Center St.

Written by John Cariani, “Almost, Maine” is directed by Moab locals Chaz Howard and Michael Ford Dunton, who used the many small plays within a play format of the show to reach out to people who may not have much experience on the stage. The show stars new and veteran performers, including Cas Melanson White, Kaitlin Harris, Lisa von Koch, Sarah Sidwell, Eric Plourde, Shane Bartosh, Jeremy Ross Lynch, Chris Baird and Howard.

“We wanted to use the ‘play within a play’ format of the show to reach out to people who maybe have not acted since high school, or maybe have not acted ever,” Howard said. “The beautiful thing about community theater is that it can bring a diverse group of people together to make art. Bringing new faces to the stage is a big part of keeping that tradition alive and thriving. Moab’s theater tradition is a wonderful and unique part of this town’s life.”

Proceeds from the performances will help provide scholarships for the Youth Garden Project’s Summer Camp Theater Program.

“The camp offers local children the opportunity to be involved with every aspect of producing a play, from making sets and costumes, to learning, practicing, and performing a play for the community, all in one week’s time,” Howard said.

Tickets are $10, and are available at Back of Beyond Books, 83 N. Main St., and at the door.

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