“Almost, Maine” opens June 1st, at the Coastal Rep


Note: Watch the Coastside for winter decor in theme with these stories of love keeping us warm for the “almost summer” season of the run, June 1-23.

May 29, 2012 – Half Moon Bay, Calif. – Riding high from the wonder of “The Wizard of Oz,” – this year’s annual children’s musical – Coastal Repertory Theatre’s 26th season shifts into summer with “Almost, Maine,” a series of stories exposing the joys and hazards of romance, opening Friday, June 1 and running through Saturday, June 23.

This offbeat comedy is comprised of eight vignettes exploring good people, doing good things, caught up in the complexities of love. Writer John Cariani’s whimsical story in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, is also the most produced play in the U.S. for good reason: whimsical occurrences pepper often hilarious scenes about discovering the magic and mysteries of love.  Even in the frigid Northeast, love keeps these quirky characters warm, with several separate couples experiencing love in very different ways — all under a starry and dramatically beautiful Maine sky at nine o’clock on a mid-winter Friday night.

Director Roxane Ashe shares her excitement over Coastal Rep’s foray into this delightful production. “We are all thrilled to have an opportunity to bring a fresh new comedy to the Coast. I am having the time of my life directing an incredibly talented group of actors in this play filled with belly laughs, whimsy and love. I also love the fact that the show is family friendly — anyone interested in love will enjoy it!”

The show features both new talent and familiar faces to Coastal Rep fans, with: Will Chen, Ryan Giles, Lucas Gust, Hannah Harwood, Greet Jaespart, Deborah Joves, Jordan Kersten, Elizabeth Lowenstein, Bob Mitton, Gloria Moore, David Rock, Keely Rollings, Sean Rollings, Jamie Sharp, Julia Thollaug, Steve Travis, Ken Will, and Stephen Yogi.

Live music composed and performed by Half Moon Bay violinist Stephen Yogi makes this production unique. The artistry of the set is another highlight, with a starry sky and the excitement of the aurora borealis – it feels like winter in June! There may even be hot cocoa at intermission…

Join in the antics and laughter with “Almost, Maine,” running Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 1-22.

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