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Curtain Rises on Emerson Theater Collaborative’s ‘Almost Maine’ Dec. 1

Matt Egan, Kirstyn Lazur, and Dave Belkiewitz (Photo by Larry Kane)

Matt Egan, Kirstyn Lazur, and Dave Belkiewitz (Photo by Larry Kane)

Originally Published: November 29, 2023 3:19 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. the curtain rises on Emerson Theater Collaborative’s hilarious and deeply moving production of John Carini’s “Almost Maine.”

Imagine romantic whimsy meeting magic realism during one snowy New England night and you have captured the spirit of this delightful play. A compilation in vignettes, the hilarious show is an absurdist romantic comedy that explores one of the most difficult emotions to understand: love. If you have ever fallen in or out of love, you will find “Almost Maine” as enchanting as the aurora borealis.

The show will run for three performances on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The play’s title refers to a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist.

One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

“Almost Maine” is directed by a three-person collaborative creative team: Emerson Theatre Collaborative’s producing director Camilla Ross, Mindy Mendelsohn whose credits include Second City and directing benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” for several years in the Verde Valley, and Jon Capozzoli who made his directorial debut last spring with Emerson Theater Collabotative’s production of Eurydice.

The show is comprised of both local and visiting actors. Local performers include Matt Egan, Kirstyn Lazur, Dave Belkiewitz, and Audrey Young. Joining them will be La Rivers, returning to join the ensemble from New York City, and newcomer Sean Spencer, from Los Angeles.

“Almost Maine” will be performed at Brady Hall on the Verde Valley School Campus located at 3511 Verde Valley School Road in Sedona. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door and can be purchased at EmersonTheaterCollaborative.org/event/almost-maine/ or by calling 860-705-9711.

This production was made possible by the following grantors and partners: The City of Sedona, All Stars Project, The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Sedona Monthly, Ace Home Services, and the Arts Academy of Sedona, AZ Wine Crawler.