'Almost' counts in theater

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Murphys Creek Theatre will present its final production of the 2012 season, "Almost, Maine,"Friday through Dec. 22 at the Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys.

Performances will be given at 8p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Written by John Cariani and directed by MCT Artistic Director Graham S. Green,"Almost, Maine"follows the residents of that small fictitious town.

The entire play takes place in the same few minute on a Friday night in the deepest part of the Maine winter. The characters constantly fall in and out of love in ways that are heartening, charming, and often amusing, Green said.

The intimate setting of the Black Bart Playhouse is the perfect setting for Cariani's tender play. Almost, Maine's actors bring a remarkable level of unique energy and emotional dedication to their roles.

Only four actors, Steve Coniglio, Anthony DePage, Sarah Grimes-Emmons and Alia Ledford, play all 19 characters in the show.

"Love is messy, but we all need it," Green said. " 'Almost, Maine'is a fable about the joys and tribulations of love - what it means to win, to keep and to lose love. Reality and magic combine to produce an enchanting and whimsical tale."

The vignettes of love and loss will leave audience members laughing, crying, and falling head over heels with it's charming characters, he said.

Actors Steve Coniglio, Sarah Grimes-Emmons and Anthony DePage are well known to foothills audiences.

Alia Ledford hales from the swamp lands of Baton Rouge, La., where she performs in murder mysteries along with the improv troup, Family Dinner.

She graduated from Occidental College with a degree in theater and philosophy. She also studied in England at the London Dramatic Academy.

She has taught and directed youth theater in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Freedom, Maine, and most recently for the Murphys Creek Theatre Mirror Project.

Previous acting credits include "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," "Bug," "Arms and the Man," "The Merchant of Venice" and "Taming of the Shrew."

The Black Bart Playhouse is at 580 S.Algiers St. in Murphys. For reservations or more information, call 728-8842 or visit www.murphyscreektheatre.org.

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