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Sept. 8, 2017                                                                                                    

Almost, Maine opens Sept. 29 at Pentacle Theatre


SALEM—Almost, Maine, named one of the top-10 plays when it debuted off-Broadway, opens Sept. 29 at the Pentacle Theatre.


Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani, is a collection of nine short scenes that all take place at the magical hour of 9 p.m. on the same cold midwinter night in a town that’s so far north that it’s almost in Canada. Under the magical northern lights, couples fall in and out of love and change their lives in strange ways.


“Wherever we are, love and loss are taking place all around us,” said director Katie Lindbeck.


“It’s about the tenderness and the toughness of love, and the fact that it’s complicated,” Lindbeck said. “Love is not always one thing—it’s mystery, power, loss and sometimes just showing up at all.”


Almost, Maine is a play about the mystery and magic of love. “It’s ultimately romantic,” Lindbeck added.


Playwright Cariani is a character actor who wrote the scenes in Almost, Maine specifically for character actors.


Pentacle’s cast of six, who play multiple characters, includes:

  • Kat Baird—Makes her onstage debut after working backstage at Pentacle Theatre.
  • Clyde Berry—Returns to Pentacle after appearing as Patsy in Clyde recently moved to Portland from Virginia, where he acted in and directed numerous plays. He teaches theater in Molalla.
  • Deborah Johansen—An actor since 5th grade, directed more than 70 shows at Pentacle and in middle and high school programs. She has acted in numerous Pentacle Theatre plays and musicals.
  • Jason Ramey—A Pentacle newcomer who has produced, written and acted in radio theatre.
  • Cheri Ulmer—A lifetime Pentacle member, actor, director and choreographer who last appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Marc Wassom—A Pentacle newcomer and graduate of South Salem High School, where he won Best in State for his performance in All My Sons at the Oregon State Thespian Festival.



WHAT: Almost, Maine, by John Cariani. Directed by Katie Lindbeck and assistant directed by Tracy Webber.


WHEN AND WHERE: Almost, Maine runs from Friday, Sept. 29, through Saturday, Oct. 21, at The Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.


SPONSORED BY: Almost, Maine is sponsored through the generous support of the Paul C. and Robin E. Bower Family Trust.


TICKETS: Tickets cost $23 for weekday performances and $24 for weekend shows. Seniors, students, active military and Pentacle Theatre members receive a $1.50 discount. There is an additional $1 fee on opening night for the catered post-show party.

  • Advance tickets are available at Pentacle’s downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE or by calling 503-485-4300 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or anytime online at
  • Tickets for low-income persons: In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers half-price tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to


CONTENT ADVISORY: Pentacle Theatre seeks to inform our patrons about content that may be objectionable. Because tastes vary—and what is offensive can be subjective—we encourage you to read the script before purchasing a ticket if you’re concerned.


Almost, Maine is recommended for middle school and older audiences.

  • Alcohol: There are references to drinking and beer is consumed.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Pentacle Theater office at 503-485-4300.


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