Rabbit Run Theater and Lake Erie College’s Studio Series opens “Almost, Maine”

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Rabbit Run Theater, in Madison, Ohio, and Lake Erie College open the second production of the 2016-17 Studio Series: Extraordinary Circumstances season with the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine”.

almost-maine-logo_0Written by John Cariani, ”Almost, Maine” opens Friday, Nov. 11, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 20.

On a cold winter’s night, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. With the northern lights and a star-filled sky as a backdrop, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often humorous ways. Knees are bruised and hearts are broken with the eventual healing of both, almost.

The production is composed of eleven vignettes, each no more than ten to fifteen minutes long, some even shorter. The unique element in “Almost, Maine” is all of the vignettes take place at nine o’clock on a particular Friday evening in the middle of winter.

“Almost, Maine” is directed by Dr. Jerry C. Jaffe, associate professor of theatre at Lake Erie College.

“’Almost, Maine’ is a simple and sweet romantic comedy all taking place in and around a small Maine town called Almost with a beautiful night sky,” says Jaffe. “I love the humor, the simplicity, and the hint of magic that permeates every scene. It reminds me in a whimsical way of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream.’”

“This production has a great cast, comprised of Lake Erie College students, alumnae, as well some great actors from the community. The play has 20 different characters and features a lot of double and triple casting, which adds to the fun of the show.”

“Almost, Maine” runs Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 and 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts off of Gillett St. on the Lake Erie College campus, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville, OH.

Tickets for all performances are available on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org or at the door. Tickets are $15/adult and $13/senior. All students are admitted free of charge as well as Lake Erie College faculty and staff. All seats are general seating. Parking is free.

A pre-show event is available on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Steele Mansion in Painesville. Patrons may enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a self-guided tour through the mansion. The Steele Mansion is located at 348 Mentor Ave., across from Lake Erie College.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors (includes show ticket). Cash bar is available. Reservations recommended and may be made at rabbitrunonline.org.

“Almost, Maine” is made possible in part by funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund, the Ohio Arts Council and ideastream.

rrcaax175RRCAA is a comprehensive fine arts association offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts as well as operating Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few barn theaters still in operation. For more information, call RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or visit rabbitrunonline.org.

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. We empower students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports.

Pictured above: Jamie Kuta and Richard Keay
Photo courtesy of Hannah Sandham.

Submitted by:
Karen Ziegler, Director of Marketing, RRCAA
440-428-5913
Michelle Kolk, Assoc. Dir. of Public Relations/Marketing, LEC
440-375-7230

Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH  44057