Theatre opens season with "Almost Maine"
September 11, 2014
PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Fine Arts will open its season with “Almost, Maine.” The Homecoming 2014 production will run Sept. 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box studio theatre in Harral Memorial Auditorium.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the “buy tickets now” link on Wayland’s home page at www.wbu.edu/fine-arts-degree, or you may call 806-291-1089 for more information.
Written by John Cariani, “Almost Maine” takes a humorous, quirky and endearing look at love in a small town at the northern most edge of the United States.
“It’s really delightful,” said Dr. Marti Runnels, Dean of the School of Fine Arts. “It’s just couple, after couple, after couple and shows the different stages of falling in love. It’s one of those things that we think we understand and yet there is still something kind of magical, wonderful, unexpected, unexplainable about what happens between two people.”
Runnels had heard of the play but had never taken a serious look at it until a student suggested that he produce it for the Wayland stage. At that point Runnels read the play and fell in love with it. Still, however, he was looking at it for a later date until Coleman Scroggins, who is directing the majority of the play as a senior practicum, suggested it as well.
“Almost, Maine” will take the place of Wayland’s annual “Shorts” production this year, but those who enjoy the vignette format of “Shorts” will find much the same feel with “Almost, Maine.”
“It’s kind of like ‘Shorts’ in the way it’s constructed,” Runnels said. “There are just a lot of small vignettes. It’s very easy for a director to take one of these small vignettes and another director to take another one, even though the play is all one unit.”
Scroggins will director most of the play with fellow students Josh Walters, Kierra Proctor and Virginia Espinoza each directing a vignette as well. Runnels will oversee the production as the artistic director.
Runnels said the performance will play well to the Homecoming crowd. He likens the quirky nature of the play to the antics of Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or the characters in “Fargo.”
“It’s a play that is set up for quirky characters that you just end up laughing at even though they are not trying to be funny,” he said. “I think that will be people’s experience. They will smile and laugh at a lot of this even though it is just quirky people trying to figure out the same things we all are trying to figure out when we fall in love.”