John Cariani Play Almost, Maine to Reach New York After Portland Bow

News   John Cariani Play Almost, Maine to Reach New York After Portland Bow
Maine native John Cariani — who was nominated for a Tony Award for his current Broadway turn as Motel in Fiddler on the Roof — will see his Down East-set play Almost, Maine mounted Off-Broadway this season, Playbill On-Line has learned.
John Cariani
John Cariani

Maine was workshopped at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in the summer of 2002. At that time, it was called Basketville, Maine. Gabriel Barre was the director. Barre has stayed with the project and will pilot the coming New York premiere. Producers hope to bring in the play in February 2005. No theatre has been named for the engagement. The cast will include Justin Hagan, Ibi Janko, Larry Nathanson and Wendy Stetson. The set designer is Jim Youmans, lighting design is by Tim Hunter, costumes are by Pamela Scofield and original music is by Julian Fleisher.

Almost, Maine will get its premiere at Portland Stage Company in Maine Oct. 26-Nov. 21.

Set in the potato country of northern Maine, the show consists of "quirky little love vignettes," according to PSC show materials.

Cariani is currently making his Broadway debut as Motel in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. He has appeared Off-Broadway in It's My Party... and in such films as "Scotland, PA," "Showtime," and "Kissing Jessica Stein." He also has a recurring role on "Law & Order."

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