Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University Theatre will present “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani 7:30 p.m. April 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. April 23 in the Neese-Gray Theatre in the Garvey Fine Arts Center, on the Washburn University Campus. 

     In this comedic play, the magic of love, with the help of the aurora borealis touches the people of Almost, Maine. The play takes the audience on a journey to this remote community and into one evening of encounters among its residents through a series of intertwined short scenes.

     The show is directed by Ted Shonka, lecturer in communication studies at Washburn University, with costume design by Ron Zastrow and set design by Deb Bruner, theatre shop manager for Washburn University.

     Shonka notes, “it is exciting that all the actors play at least two different characters. They can’t hide behind appearance. They have to use their acting talents to distinguish each separate character.”

     The cast features student actors Hannah Andersen, Josh Staats, Darius Miller, Erin Watts, Sam Revel, Jake Andersen and Lauren Province. The show is the fourth show in the Washburn University Theatre season this year.  

     The show will be dedicated to the memory of Zastrow who very recently passed away. Zastrow returned to Topeka after seeking adventures in his retirement, including costume work for Cirque du Soleil. He is well known in the Topeka area for his set designs, lighting and costumes for Helen Hocker Theatre, Topeka Civic Theatre and the Washburn theatre department.

     Tickets may be reserved at or prior to performances at the Washburn Theatre Box Office. Tickets are a suggested $10 donation for general seating.  All donations will go toward Washburn Theatre Scholarships.  For more details check out the Washburn University Theatre website at .

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For further information, contact:
Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Telephone: (785) 670-2153
Cell: (785) 230-1648


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