"Almost, Maine" Comes to Oldcastle Theatre Company July 24-August 9

Posted July 23, 2009

BENNINGTON, Vt. - "Almost, Maine" a delightful comedy filled with lovable, eccentric characters by actor-playwright John Cariani of "Law & Order" fame, will play at Oldcastle Theatre Company from July 24 through Aug. 9.

On a cold, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal and hearts mend - almost - in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

The cast of four includes Marianna Bassham making her Oldcastle debut. Bassham is winner of this year's prestigious Elliot Norton Award for outstanding actress in Boston for her portrayal in the SpeakEasy Stage production of "Blackbird." She has acted with the New Repertory Theatre, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage, St. Michael's Playhouse and the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.

Shawn Davis is returning to OTC, where he has been previously seen in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "All My Sons," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Forever Plaid." He appeared in "Camelot" with the North Shore Music Theatre.

Associate Artistic Director Richard Howe has made more than 150 appearances with Oldcastle Theatre Company, most recently in the hit farce "One Two Three." Earlier this year, he was seen in the Hubbard Hall Theatre production of Edward Albee's "Seascape." He has been in a number of OTC's New England productions.

Natalie Wilder is making her fourth Oldcastle appearance - and the first in a play not connected with Charles Dickens - having earlier been seen in "Hard Times," "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" and last season's premiere of a new adaptation of "A Tale of Two Cities." "Almost, Maine" runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Info: 802-447-0564 or oldcastletheatreco.org.

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