From the Front Row: From Quirky Characters To Summer Snow, ‘Almost Maine’ Offers Romance For The Rest Of Us
“Almost Maine” is a town described as so far north, it’s “almost in Canada,” where the residents never got around to organizing themselves into a town and where the colorful characters fall in and out of love in a romantic comedy to which ordinary people can relate.
Written by John Cariani, the show has become a staple in amateur productions for its 11 short scenes, which the New York Times called “magic realism.”
Technical director Gerry Dzuiblinski said the show is done in a black box format, with the audience seated in close proximity to the actors on stage.
DEARBORN, Mich.–Audiences responded with great enthusiasm during the week of June 12th as four talented actors portrayed more than 20 roles in Henry Ford College’s Summer Stock inaugural production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.
Tracy Letts’ “Bug,” a psychological horror story, runs 8 p.m. June 16 to 18, 23 to 25, and 2 p.m. June 19 and 26 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the Henry Ford College main campus, 5101 Evergreen in Dearborn.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at theatre.hfcc.edu. The show contains violence and other adult content, and no one under 18 will be admitted.
A drug-addicted cocktail waitress, Agnes, who is hiding from her violent ex-husband, Jerry, is introduced to a paranoid veteran, Peter, by her lesbian biker friend R.C.
"Bug"– a psychological horror story on stage through June at Henry Ford College — promises to get under audience’s skin.
Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, the play was written by Tracy Letts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
Dr. George Popovich, HFC director of theater and director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab, will direct the college’s production. The play debuted at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, London, England on Sept. 20, 1996.
Sometimes theater can be wildly optimistic and happy, which isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes you need a punch in the throat to really enjoy high-end art and the play Bug will do just that. Written by award-winning playwright Tracy Letts, Bug is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are adult themes that are in the play so it may not be suitable for children under 18.
From Vintage Films to National Awards: Meet the Director Behind Theatre’s New Cutting Edge Technology
If you’re ever in Henry Ford College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a lot of intricate technology that costs much more than the average college education. Above is an aluminum cage-like contraption with attached lighting fixtures. Huge green screens cover the wall and expensive looking projectors are on the racks. I try not to break anything as I look around.
There is a certain magic churning behind the scenes at HFC. It lies in the last door on the right in the northern corner of the Fine Arts Building. You have to go past the Sisson art gallery and the Pewabic pottery drinking fountain to find it. This is the VTL, or The Virtual Theatricality Lab, which offers students a niche for technology to excel and create a product that audiences will always remember. All of this has been made possible by Dr. George Popovich, the head of the program, and Alan Contino, a motion capture technician.