Arts and Culture

THE MAINE WINTER PLAY

CATHERINE YOON

STAFF WRITER 

   The easiest way to sum up “Almost, Maine” in four words would be: talent, love, and “jeezum crow.” After a month of rehearsals and a full weekend of performances, Pinewood’s production of “Almost, Maine” closed on Nov. 8,
receiving rave reviews. Since this show featured a nearly equal mixture of veteran and newcomer actors, it offered a chance to look at the process behind producing a show.

   Many actors have different ways to connect and
represent their character. Some read the script and they know how to act, while others have a more difficult time finding how to act as the character.

   “My character [East] and Damla’s character [Glory] fall in love really quickly. So the whole scene, I have this
internal monologue going through my head the entire scene. Which is like, ‘Does she like me? I don’t know. What should I say?’ I used my personal experiences and integrated them into East’s character,” senior Ben
Montrym said.

   Though this process of “becoming the character” was easy for Montrym, other actors found it to be more
difficult. Sophomore Zarin Mohsenin described herself as more of a girly-girl, while her character Rhonda was the
exact opposite.

   “Rhonda and I aren’t a lot alike, so I just think about what it would be like to be one of the guys. I try to get in touch with my inner tomboy,” Mohsenin said.

      Actors in “Almost, Maine” also had to deal with the added pressures of romantic intimacy in the play.

   “Doing a kissing scene can be very awkward and very nerve wracking. But then you gotta remember that you’re acting,” Goldstein said.

   Regardless of the actors’ struggles, audiences seemed to love the show.

   “I liked the fact that it was different from regular theater productions- it was all shorts that linked together in the end,” sophomore Clayton Hodgett said.

   “Almost, Maine” director Doug Eivers was very happy with the result.

   “The play was received very well; the audience seemed to like it,” Eivers said.

    

   

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