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King University Theatre to Present “Almost, Maine” Nov. 10-13

BRISTOL, Tenn., October 26, 2016 – The Theatre Department at King University will present the play “Almost, Maine,” in the Fine Arts Theatre on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. each evening and again on Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote “The sentimental person thinks things will last— the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.” “Almost, Maine” is a play for romantics.

“This is a relatable play; most of it is heartwarming,” says King Theatre Professor and play Director Kiara Pipino. “I would dare to say the play is about love and acceptance in all its forms. It is not a play about passions; rather, it is a family-friendly play in which love is dealt with in a very tender and kind way.”

“Almost, Maine,” written by Tony Award-nominated John Cariani, is the name of a town that doesn’t really exist; it is almost a town, but not quite. The play is one filled with fantastic realism. In one scene in the play, a girl takes a hike because she has been abandoned by her boyfriend. She stops and camps in someone’s yard. The owner, a repairman, discovers the girl is carrying around her broken heart in a sack; he attempts and succeeds in repairing her broken heart.

“To be heartbroken is, unfortunately, something everyone can relate to, but of course we don’t carry a bag around with our broken heart inside,” says Pipino. “The play is borderline fantasy and reality. The setting is not too unlike Bristol; it is a rural area and quite relatable.”

The play has several scenes with numerous characters which will be played by four students who will alternate parts: sophomore Mikayla Jarrett, senior Austin Puckett, senior Jessica King, and senior Alex Campbell, with understudies junior Brooke Addington and junior Cody Davidson.

General admission tickets for the performances of “Almost, Maine” are $5 general admission, and free for King University students, faculty, and staff with a King University ID. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. Seating is limited, and, due to the staging, audience members cannot be seated once the production begins. For more information, contact the Theatre Department at 423.652.4800.


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