We have been singing the praises of One Song Productions since we first encountered them three years ago with their production of Denial by NPR commentator Peter Sagal. On Dec. 3-5, they will stage Almost, Maine by John Cariani — the most produced play in high schools in North America — at Common Ground Theatre in Durham.
The play, which is directed by Anastasia LeDuc, consists of nine vignettes that deal with love — lost, found, and otherwise — in an imaginary town in the Northeast. Twenty actors are used in these vignettes, which are also individual plays. Each only plays one role.
This is a pretty big chore for a group that is made up entirely of high school students who have no adult members of their board or their staff. It is managed solely by the students. The turnover in this group is, of needs, high, since some large portion of them must rotate out every year. We have faith that this winter’s production will stand up to the high standards they have been setting for themselves over these years, and we hope Triangle theatergoers will turn out for them.
One Song Productions presents ALMOST, MAINE at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705.
TICKETS: $8-$10 suggested donation.
SHOW: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517043341943350/ and http://cgtheatre.com/events.
2015-16 SEASON: http://www.1songproductions.org/current-season.html.
PRESENTER: http://www.1songproductions.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Song-Productions/136779861220, and https://twitter.com/onesongtheatre.
VENUE: http://www.cgtheatre.com/, https://www.facebook.com/cgtheatre, and https://twitter.com/CGTheatre919.
Almost, Maine (2004 Portland Stage Company and 2006 Off-Broadway romantic comedy): http://www.almostmaine.com/ (official website), http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=3759 (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.), http://www.lortel.org/ (Internet Off-Broadway Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almost,_Maine (Wikipedia).
The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).
Study Guide: http://www.milwaukeerep.com/education/documents/almostmaine_000.pdf (Milwaukee Repertory Theater).
John Cariani (playwright): http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=117724 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.lortel.org/ (Internet Off-Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm137121/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cariani (Wikipedia).
Anastasia LeDuc (director): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1831500861 (Facebook page).
Martha Keravuori is a life-long theater artist — an actress, director, and stage manager — in North Carolina, around the country, and overseas. She has a theater degree from UNC-Greensboro, and has been active in the arts in Raleigh for the past 40 years. Martha is the retired executive director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Chuck Galle returned to Raleigh last year after a 17-year absence. He was active in community theater for many years, and directed the troupe of maximum-security inmates at Raleigh’s Central Prison known as the Central Prison Players. In New England, he performed on stage, on TV, and in films. He is the author of Stories I Never Told My Daughter — An Odyssey, which can be ordered on his website: http://www.chuckgalle.com/. Chuck Galle and Martha Keravuori review theater for Boom! Magazine of Cary. Click here to read more of their reviews for Boom! Magazine and here to read more of their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.