A new take on a winter play

Bishop Ready seniors Madeline French as Marvalyn and Alex Oswald as Steve in ‘This Hurts,’ one of the vignettes from “Almost, Maine.”

The Bishop Ready Theatre Department has chosen to present a different type of play for its winter theater production.

John Ciardi’s “Almost, Maine” (adapted version), presents a series of eight brief scenes or vignettes, each exploring various aspects of love. The play takes place in the mythical Almost, Maine, a place described as “not organized enough to be a town, but too populated to be a wilderness” on a cold and magical Midwinter Night.

Tied together by a prologue and an epilogue, each scene focuses on a story and how love plays out for different people. The citizens of Almost, Maine, are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere and their experiences, while playful and surreal, are commonplace in Almost.

The cast of 19 includes students from each class, from freshman through senior. Each scene involves a different couple.

The adapted version of “Almost, Maine,” is suitable for students in grade six and higher. Performances are Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

For more information, call Bishop Ready High School at 614-276-5263.

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