CORVALLIS, Ore. - John Carinai's romantic comedy, "Almost, Maine" kicks off Oregon State University Theatre's 2011-12 season.

The quirky play will show Nov. 10-12 and 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall main stage, located at 30th and Campus Way on the OSU campus.

"Almost, Maine" is set in a fictional town near the Canadian border - at 9 p.m. on a Friday night in February. The play is divided into nine separate scenes with single couples and explores the beginning, middle, and end of relationships. The emotions range from the broadly absurd to deeply poignant and reveal unique aspects of love ringing with truthful compassion.

According to director and scenic designer George Caldwell, this all-ages show will bring out the romantic in everyone.

"The play is about love, old love, new love, and almost love," he said.

The cast of "Almost, Maine" features OSU students Alex Johnston, Alexandra Shireman, Brittany Potter, Caleb Lewis, Dani Potter, Grace Goodman, Jessica Baker, Mason Atkin, Megan Grassl, Megan Haverman, Nicole Snyder, Sierra Hodges, Thomas Severs and Tucker Minnick. Corvallis community member Noah Schoenfeld also joins the cast.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 student/youth, and $5 for OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or

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George Caldwell, 541-737 4627