by John Cariani | directed by Kat Walsh
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its main stage production of John Cariani’s Almost Maine, directed by Kat Walsh. Auditions take place Sunday, December 4th at 2pm and Monday, December 5th at 6:30 pm at 6155 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. ** PLEASE NOTE: THE GENERAL AUDITION SESSIONS ARE OFFSITE - MAP BELOW ** Callbacks are Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio. Those auditioning should attend one of the two regular audition dates, and should be available for callbacks. No pre-registration is required. All actors cast must attend a mandatory workshop on Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 1-6 PM. Rehearsals begin January 16. Production dates are March 9-12, 2017 at the Arthur Miller Theatre on UM’s North Campus.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.
The show has 19 characters, but the director may double cast roles based on talent at auditions. Those auditioning do not need to prepare anything. Please wear movement clothes.
PLOT AND CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Almost, Maine by John Cariani comprises nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. Almost, Maine is a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost. One cold, clear night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. A note about this play from the playwright:
The people of Almost, Maine are not quaint, quirky eccentrics. They don't wear funny clothes and funny hats. They don't have Maine accents. They are not "Down Easters." They are not fishermen or lobstermen. They don't wear galoshes and rain hats. They don't say, "Ayuh."
The people of Almost, Maine are ordinary people. They work hard for a living. They are extremely dignified. They are honest and true. They are not cynical. They are not sarcastic. They are not glib. But this does not mean that they are dumb. They're very smart. They just take time to wonder about things. They speak simply, honestly, truly, and from the heart. They are never precious about what they say or do.
The show has 19 characters (10 men, 9 women). Casting is dependent on audition talent. May double up on roles.
PROLOGUE / INTERLOGUE / EPILOGUE - Pete and Ginette, who have been dating for a little while. They are in their very early 20s, both a bit shy, nerdy, introverted. They are not big talkers.
HER HEART - East, a repairman, and Glory, a hiker. Late 20s, early 30s. East is a confident, wise, and even-keeled man. Glory is slightly nervous, and vulnerable, but very self-possessed. They are both very honest and straightforward.
SAD AND GLAD - Jimmy, a heating and cooling guy; Sandrine, his ex-girlfriend; a salty Waitress. All early 20s. Jimmy has a bit of the frat boy in him and in this scene he has already had a few beers. Sandrine is much more "together" by comparison. They broke up a while ago. The Waitress is very enthusiastic and busy.
THIS HURTS - Marvalyn, a woman who is very good at protecting herself, and Steve, an open, kind fellow whose brother protects him. Late 20s. Both are very kind, maybe a bit awkward and definitely vulnerable. GETTING IT BACK - Gayle and Lendall, longtime girlfriend and boyfriend. In this scene, Gayle needs to be really fed up with Lendall, and he is very surprised by her outburst. This is not typical of her.
THEY FELL - Randy and Chad, two "Country boys." Two normal, average, all-American guys, early 20s. They are best friends and have known each other for years. During the course of the scene, they discover they are in love with each other. May cast this as two women depending on talent.
WHERE IT WENT - Phil, a working man, and his hardworking wife, Marci. A middle-aged couple who have been together for a long time. They begin the scene in denial and it deteriorates from there. This is the first time in a long time that they've expressed their real feelings to each other.
STORY OF HOPE - A Woman, Hope, who has traveled the world, and a Man, Daniel, who has not. They are in their 30s, maybe early 40s. Hope is figuring out her life's path. Both will spend the scene reflecting on past choices. They are both very sensible and kind.
SEEING THE THING - Rhonda, a tough woman, and Dave, the not-so-tough man who loves her. Both in their 20s. Rhonda is very enthusiastic, opinionated and a bit of a "bulldozer." She could also be played as super awkward. Dave is cautious around her but also knows that if anyone can tell her the truth, he can.
EPILOGUE - Pete/Ginette