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Release Date: 
Monday, June 19, 2017

HFC Presents “Almost, Maine,” which runs until July 2

Event Date: 
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 8:00pm to Mon, 07/03/2017 - 8:00pm

Production Information

Written by: John Cariani
Directed by: Gerard Dzuiblinski

The HFC Theatre Arts Dept. presents “Almost, Maine,” which will run from June 15-July 2 in the Adray Auditorium, located in the Grant U. MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F on the main campus). More at

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The fully-staged production will be done in a “black box” format, where the audience is seated in close proximity to the actors, according to Gerard Dzuiblinski, HFC adjunct theatre instructor, technical director and resident scenic designer.

HFC’s version will feature technical innovations not seen in area productions. The starlit sky will be created by hundreds of fiber optic cables, rather than projected. A fiber optic shooting star, created by sequencing hundreds of fiber optic stands will add to the magic. A state-of-the-art effects projector, designed specifically to create the Aurora Borealis will add to the stage magic.

Written by John Cariani, a Tony-nominated playwright and actor best known for his role as Julian Beck from 2002-07 on the long-running TV series “Law & Order,” “Almost, Maine” is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine, in 2004, where it broke box office records and received critical acclaim.

“’Almost, Maine’ is a contemporary romantic comedy about this fictional small town’s people and their loves as they discover each other and themselves,” said Dzuiblinski.

To purchase tickets, go to For questions or further information about “Almost, Maine,” contact Dzuiblinski at 313-845-9817 or



• Thursday, June 15, at 8 p.m.; • Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m.; • Saturday, June 17, at 8 p.m.; • Sunday, June 18, at 2 p.m.; • Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m.; • Friday, June 30, at 8 p.m.; • Saturday, July 1, at 8 p.m.; and • Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m.




HFC Theatre prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment for the residents of Michigan. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.

EDUCATIONAL VALUE A touching and very human look at romantic love: its beginnings, endings, conflicts, joys and sorrows. It lets us know we are not alone in the difficult search for true and lasting romantic love.

POSITIVE MESSAGES AND ROLE MODELS Despite setbacks, people keep trying to establish and maintain relationships. People treat each other with dignity and respect, even when they disagree.

VIOLENCE AND SCARINESS There is no physical violence. There are no frightening scenes.

SEXUAL CONTENT There are several kisses. In one scene, both characters are in their long underwear, they have just come in from snowmobiling, physical contact is implied, but not shown.

LANGUAGE “Dammit” and “Jeezum crow” are the strongest expletives. A mention is made of an unnamed activity taking “all night”.

DRINKING, DRUGS AND SMOKING. One scene in a bar has a character drinking a beer. He is not drunk. A few other characters mention going out to have a beer. There is no smoking. There is no talk of, or use of other drugs.

Cast and Crew:

Chad/Daniel/East/Lendel/Steve - Zach Ross Dave/Jimmy/Pete/Phil/Randy - Alan Rezzonica Ginette/Glory/Rhonda/Marvalyn/Deena/Waitress/Suzette - Jenny Popovich Gayle/Hope/Shelly/Sandrine - Amanda Bates

Act and Scene Breakdown Place: Various locales in Almost, Maine, small town in Northern Maine that doesn’t quite exist. Time: The present. Everything takes place at nine o’clock on a cold, clear, moonless, slightly surreal Friday night in the middle of the deepest part of a Northern Maine winter.

Prologue Act One Scene 1: Her Heart Scene 2: Sad and Glad Scene 3: This Hurts Scene 4: Getting it Back Intermission (15 minutes)

Interlogue Act Two Scene 5: They Fell Scene 6: Where it Went Scene 7: Story of Hope Scene 8: Seeing the Thing Epilogue

Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division Vice President of Academic - Dr. Michael Nealon Associate Dean - Cynthia Stiller Academic Coordinators - Carol Sloan, Eric Radar Administrative Assistants - Tom Berryman, Linda Prisza

Artistic Staff Director/Scenic Designer - Gerard Dzuiblinski Lighting Designer - Nick Boyd Lighting Effects Designer - Nick Boyd Costume Designer - Judith Fletcher Props Designer - Gerard Dzuiblinski Scenic Artist - Gerard Dzuiblinski Head Painter - Gerard Dzuiblinski Acting Coach - Tim Pollack

Production Staff Student Stage Manager - Darryl Boykins Technical Director - Gerard Dzuiblinski Production Manager - Angie Lai Chief Electrician - Nick Boyd Costume Crew - The Cast Painting: “Seeing the Thing” - Saoussan Chehab Properties Crew - The Cast Scenic Painters - Kimari Howard, Mike Ross, Cheyanne Rynicki, Sean Moore, Angie Lai Set Crew - Kimari Howard, Mike Ross, Cheyanne Rynicki, Sean Moore, Angie Lai Carpenters - Christopher Bremer, Gerard Dzublinski, Nick Boyd, Sean Moore, Alan Rezzonica Special Effects Crew - Kimari Howard, Mike Ross, Cheyanne Rynicki, Sean Moore, Angie Lai Publicity - Michael Cochran, Gerard Dzuiblinski, Angie Lai and The Cast Poster/Program Design and Printing - Ashleigh McLeod, Kenneth Donovan Program - Angie Lai

Running Crew Deck Captain - Tim Pollack Sound Board Operator - Sean Moore Light Board Operator - Darryl Boykins Props - The Cast

Box Office House Management - Angie Lai Box Office Managers - Angie Lai Ushers - Mike Ross, Kimari Howard, HFC Theatre Volunteers.

Special Thanks WHFR Buildings and Grounds Graphics Department Friends of HFC Theatre