Almost, Maine

Written by
John Cariani

Directed by
Chris Bizub

Co-Produced by
Karen Johnston &
Annette Phelps


February 9–24, 2018

Broadview Heights Spotlights Cultural Arts Building

A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost -- not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.


Emmy Cohen
Elaine Gritti
Dan Hunsicker
Bob Kenderes
Kaylea Kudlaty
Stephanie Malfara
Casey McCaan
Sarah Price
Austin Sasser
Sally Spitz
Jenilee Taylor
Natalie Zenczak