Almost, Maine

Almost, MaineBy John Cariani

Directed by Marsha Stueckle
Performed by The Woodinville Repertory Theatre June 8th – 30th, 2012 at Denali Slab & Tile Studio.



Here’s the story:

On a cold, clear, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised; hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend — almost-in what has been described as “a comic, romantic roundelay” by The Wall Street Journal, “a wooly midwinter night’s dream” by The Dallas Observer, “love in the time of frostbite” by The Los Angeles Times, ” a gem” by Florida Weekly, ”an unapologetically romantic fable” by The Arizona Republic, and “an effervescent yet deeply felt tragic comedy” by The Mebourne (Australia) Age.

ALMOST, MAINE inventively explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak and hope.

Come and join us in June for a great show with a great cast.  We are really looking forward to entertaining you!


Stage Cast

Jontom Abbett (Pete, Lendell)

Jontom’s full name is Nattapon Jontom Abbett, but he goes by: “Jontom.” He has been acting for a mere 2 years (max). He was bitten by the bug ever since enrolling in the University of Washington’s acting series. After graduating with two degrees in Psychology and English and a minor in music (violin) and statistics, he went to graduate school for a semester in California with the intention of going all the way with Brain Sciences. However, after a friend introduced him to several acting projects and facilities in Orange County, he’s decided to shift gears and pursue a career in entertainment. He’s back in Washington until July, where he will move back down to California and go to USC part-time while acting at various venues. This show has taught him how to actively improvise while still being prepared, thereby maximizing entertainment value in all aspects. He would like to extend a warm thank you to Marsha for her love and joy of the craft, and to the Woodinville Rep Theater for this opportunity. Long live the arts!


Adara Toop (Ginette, Waitress, Hope)

Adara Toop is a Seattle based actress with a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington.   She is thrilled to be a part of Woodinville Repertory Theatre’s production of Almost, Maine!  She thanks Marsha Stueckle for entrusting her with some great characters in this enchanting play.  Previous credits include Antonia in Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay, Cassie in Neil Simon’s Rumors, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.  Adara is also pursuing a film acting career, recently appearing in an episode of Paranormal Trauma, which aired on the BIO channel, and will be next seen playing a Latina sorority pledge in the upcoming film 21 and Over, by the writers of The Hangover.  In her spare time, Adara enjoys playing video games, taking her cats, Link and Zelda, for walks, and traveling to sunnier places when time allows.  She would like to thank her wonderful family and boyfriend for all of their support throughout her acting endeavors.


Jason Rasmussen (Jimmy, Randall, Phil, Dave)

This is Jason’s first time working with Woodinville Rep and he is thrilled to be a part of Almost Maine. Originally from Los Angeles, Jason has lived in the Seattle area since ’99 and has dozens of Acting and Directing credits in Ca and Wa. His favorite role is Lennie in Of Men and Men which he has performed with several theatres. Favorite local roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls with Seattle Musical Theatre and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged and Oscar Madison in the Odd Couple with Tacoma Little Theatre. When not performing Jason is the Director of sales for and father to three incredibly beautiful children.


Joy Yaholkovsky (Sandrine, Gayle, Marci)

Joy is glad for the opportunity to stay cool this summer in “Almost, Maine.” Some favorite past productions have been “Chicago” (SecondStory), “The Magic Flute” (Seattle Opera), “Nancy, Frank & Joe” (Macha Monkey), Ado Annie in “Oklahoma!” (Kings Players), Meg in “Little Women” & Annie Sullivan in the “Miracle Worker” (The Attic Theatre).



Kevin Dailey (East, Steve, Chad, Daniel)

I am pleased and excited to be doing my debut at the Woodinville Rep.  with such a wonderful cast, director and crew.  Recentley I just wrapped with Amadeus at Second Story Rep.  and a few independent film projects. I would like to thank my friends and family for all their support especially to my mother who has been inspiring to me in my life as a performer!



Jennifer Makenas (Glory, Marvalyn, Rhonda)

Almost, Maine is Jennifer’s Woodinville Rep Theater debut, and she couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a talented and wildly entertaining cast!  While she loves portraying princesses and bubbly characters of all kinds, most recently as The Princess in The Princess and the Pea with Second Story Rep and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly with Northwest Savoyards, she is really enjoying playing the very real characters (with a few quirks) of Almost, Maine. Special thanks to Curtis for all of his support.


Production Crew

Marsha Stueckle (Director)

Marsha has been active in the eastside theatre arts community for over 20 years–directing, acting, and teaching. Some of her favorites shows are The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Complete Works of Shakespere, Abridged, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fools, and Private Lives. Almost, Maine is her fourth mainstage show that she’s directed for Woodinville Rep and it has been one of the most enjoyable because of the incredibly gifted cast. She has also deeply appreciated the capable management of Stage Manager, Sarah Ross. With out her keen attention to detail and gentle reigns we would not have the cohesive performance that you will enjoy today. Her favorite pastime activity is hanging out with her four awesome grandkids and her husband, Gary. She hope you enjoy this mystical slice of life!


Sarah Ross (Stage Manager)

Sarah Ross graduated from Whitworth University last year where she spent most of her time in the theatre, but somehow found the time to earn a degree in Communications. She spent a wonderful summer interning at Taproot Theatre and now works in as many Seattle-area theatres as will have her. Recent ASM credits include The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) at Stone Soup Theatre and A Wrinkle in Time at Youth Theatre Northwest. Recent SM credits include What the Butler Saw at Centerstage! Theatre and Southern Hospitality at Woodinville Repertory Theatre.



About the Playwright

John Cariani is an actor and playwright.  ALMOST, MAINE, his first play, was developed by the Cape Cod Theater Project in 2002, premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004, and went on to become the most successful play in Portland Stage’s 32-year history: it sold out its run and garnered critical acclaim.  The Wall Street Journal recognized ALMOST, MAINE as one of the best regional theater productions of the 2004-05 season, and the new American National Theatre honored ALMOST, MAINE as one of the outstanding plays of 2004-2005.  ALMOST, MAINE opened off-Broadway in early 2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre and is featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006.  As an actor, John has appeared on and off Broadway, and in several films and television shows.  Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, he is a graduate of Amherst College, and now lives in New York.


Cast Photos

Photos by Jim Sipes