John Cariani's Almost, Maine Will Go From Stage to Page

News   John Cariani's Almost, Maine Will Go From Stage to Page
 
Some good news for one of the co-stars of Broadway's Something Rotten! John Cariani, who plays Nigel Bottom in the hit musical and who also maintains a second career as a playwright, will adapt his popular play Almost, Maine as a book of stories, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The show, which consists of nine playlets about love in the fictional town of the title, premiered in 2004 at the Portland Stage Company in Maine, and went on to a 2006 Off-Broadway production before becoming of the most-produced play in U.S. high schools for most of the last decade.

It will be adapted as a "young adult" novel by Cariani for Macmillan's Feiwel And Friends imprint, which is aimed at readers 16 and under. No publication date was announced.

The show has not been without controversy. After a student production of John Cariani's Almost, Maine was canceled in fall 2014 in Hickory, NC, by the school's principal, owning to one scene that dealt with gay romance, the students launched a successful Kickstarter campaign with the help of former drama teacher Carmen Eckard, to fund an off-campus production of the play. It opened at the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory, NC, in January 2015.

Read Cariani's response to the cancellation here.

The 2004 play, written by actor-playwright Cariani and depicting a mythical town in northern Maine, was the most-produced play in American high schools in 2010.

Visit almostmaiden.com for more information.

John Cariani (seated second from right in the middle row) and the cast
John Cariani (seated second from right in the middle row) and the cast
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