Romantic Comedy sets mood for Valentine’s Day

(01-27-2011)

Cast from “Almost, Maine”.

Cast from “Almost, Maine”.

Love may not be what it seems in the midwinter night's dream, "Almost, Maine", opening February 1, on the Adams State College Theatre's Xperimental Stage. Directed by seniors Mark Jones and Jonathan Andujar, the romantic comedy consists of eight one-act scenes that take place in the small town, Almost, Maine.

Jones said the play, written by John Cariani, will make you laugh. Andujar agreed: "Almost, Maine is a light-hearted show about love. Everyone can relate to it on some level." The two directors are working with 10 actors, two to each scene. "The way the actors are connecting on stage will pull the audience into the world of the show," Andujar said.

Jones agreed: "I appreciated how much the actors grew during rehearsals. How they found the core of the scene without it being apparent in the script."

Drawing from his experience as an actor, Andujar said he always appreciated one-on-one work with directors and modeled his directing style on the same personal level.

Both Andujar and Jones agreed the biggest challenge was meeting the requirement, set by the theatre professors, to stage the play in the round, able to view from all sides. "It wasn't an obstacle we couldn't overcome.”

"Almost, Maine" opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Xperimental Theatre and continues nightly through February 5. Call 719-587-TIXX for reservations.