Hawkeye Theatre to present ‘Almost, Maine’

Short stories about the relationships of the residents in a town in Maine will be the subject of the latest show coming to the Hawkeye Community Theatre this week.

“Almost, Maine” is directed by Katie Buchholz, who will be directing her first show at the Hawkeye.

She said “Almost, Maine” is made up 11 different vignettes that take place in the titular town.

“They’re all about relationships, whether they’re falling in love or out of love,” Buchholz said. “They’re all in this little town and everything happens at the same time. You see little glimpses of the townspeople at any given moment.”

The fact the play consists of short stories really got Buchholz interested in directing it.

“It wasn’t a straight two-hour play,” she said. “It also gives the actors a lot of play. Each actor plays four or five different roles, and that’s always a lot of fun to get them to try different things.”

Buchholz said the play’s dialogue and action intrigued her.

“It can be pretty quick, and it’s very realistic,” she said. “There are also some magic moments that help move the show along.”

The four actors in “Almost, Maine” said they have enjoyed working on the play as well.

“It’s pretty well-written,” said Dynastacius Collins, of Fort Dodge. “I’m used to being in comedies but I’m enjoying being in something serious.”

Daniel Peet, of Fort Dodge, said the small amount of actors has allowed everybody to become close.

“We’re a small group of friends,” he said. “It’s very intimate in that there’s only four people.”

Mari Newman, of Fort Dodge, agreed.

“I like making new friends,” she said. “And the show is fun, too.”

Terry Friesth, of Fort Dodge, enjoys playing a variety of characters in the same play.

“Each one has a different experience, and they’re all about love,” Friesth said. “It’s a fun exploration of different things that happen in real life.”

Buchholz said the play is very relatable.

“The characters are set in Almost, Maine, but it’s really an every man show,” she said. “They happen to all of us, and in this instance they’re actually on stage.”

“It’s a cathartic moment,” she added. “Every feeling of love and loss you can see on stage and realize you’re not alone.”

Buchholz also said because the play is broken up into different parts, it’s unique.

“It’s different than a lot of the plays you’ll see,” she said. “Each scene has two different characters, you see them for 10 minutes, and they’re gone.”