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DreamWrights Center for Community Arts is kicking off its 23rd season with John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, in the Studio. The show spans one cold Midwinter night in a small town where citizens are coming together mostly in pairs and talking about love and loss. 

A woman carries her heart, broken in 19 pieces in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size after losing hope in love. A couple keeps the love they have given each other in large red bags. The show covers a myriad of experiences between people all in the same 10 minutes of a single night. 

Guest Director Ernesto Rosas was drawn to directing this “story of love told through nine short stories.” Rosas said he hoped “the multi-layered, flawed characters would resonate with the audience, to where as they sit and watch, they feel like they might be peeking into a time in their own lives that has past or maybe dreaming of what could be.” 

DreamWrights’ 2020 season theme is “Finding Common Ground,” and Rosas said, “in and around the same 10 minutes on a Friday night in a little town in Maine, common ground is pretty much what you’ll find even if you’re not looking for it.” 

Rosas hopes the audience takes away “a sense of hope that no matter what we’ve been through in love, what we’re going through in love, and what might come in love, we’re not alone in this. That we can get through, we can make it, and even if we say goodbye to it, we can live with it.” 

DreamWrights’ Artistic Director Lori Koenig, who is also the Production Stage Manager for the show, said Almost, Maine, is the perfect date night production. “And it’s the perfect season for love,” she said. “Go out and have a great dinner at one of York’s wonderful restaurants and then come see this beautiful show.”

Almost, Maine runs from Feb. 7-9 with shows at 7 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $2 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased without fees at DreamWrights.org.

The 2020 Studio series is sponsored by York Traditions Bank.