‘Almost, Maine’ opens Saturday at Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre guest artists Millicent Marter and Steven Czajkowski portray a scene from "Almost, Maine." (Submitted photo)
Festival Theatre guest artists Millicent Marter and Steven Czajkowski portray a scene from “Almost, Maine.” (Submitted photo)

This Saturday, July 5, Festival Theatre opens the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani. Written in 2002, this show has been described as surprising, whimsical and sweet. An afterglow gathering will follow for opening night attendees.

“Almost, Maine” opened off Broadway in the winter of 2005-2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York.

“Almost, Maine” transports the audience to the fictional town of Almost. 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. It’s love. But not quite.

The cast of Festival Theatre’s production features guest artists Kathryn Cesarz, Steven Czajkowski, Millicent Marter and Paul Steffens, portraying a variety of citizens of and visitors to Almost, Maine, in a collection of intertwining vignettes.

Festival’s production crew for this show includes Seth Kaltwasser, director and sound design; Jaclyn June Johnson, scenic design; Laura Seed, properties design; Andrew Benson, costume design; Stephen Pearce, lighting design; Fizz Kizer and Bill Hallanger, set construction; and Miles Ruona, Peter Weber and Barbie Luepke, stage management.

Tickets for “Almost, Maine” are $26 for adults and $13.50 for youth ages 5-18.

This show runs in rotating rep through Aug. 17, and is Flex Pass eligible for those who have or purchase a 2014 Flex Pass. Reservations for this and other summer productions, including “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and the Youth Conservatory production of “The Frogs,” opening later in July, can be made online at festivaltheatre.org, by calling 715-483-3387 or emailing [email protected]

Festival Theatre is located in the historic Civic Auditorium at 210 N. Washington St., in downtown St. Croix Falls, Wis.