Almost, Maine Auditions
We are so excited that you are considering Almost, Maine at the Exit 7 Theater for your next theatrical project!
Auditions: Thursday, October 19 from 6pm-9pm
Saturday, October 21 from 11am-2pm
Call Backs will be by invitation only on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm.
Show Dates: February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25.
Rehearsal Dates: We will begin rehearsals in early November. We will typically rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 and on Sundays from 3pm-7pm. Tech Week will be February 3rd-8th. There will be no rehearsal on Thanksgiving, or between the dates of December 23 and Jan 2.
Please note that due to the nature of the vignettes, actors may be cast in more than one named role.
Brief Overview of the Play:
Almost, Maine is a non- musical play set in a modern unincorporated town in Northern Maine. On a cold midwinter night, we, the audience, catch a glimpse of the residents of this sleepy town as they endeavor to explore love in all its various nuances and stages. This play is broken into 9 vignette style scenes with two or three characters each. Each scene occurs at exactly 9pm on a cold, frigid Friday night. While highly realistic, these vignettes have a magical quality with a hint
of whimsy, a dash of fantasy, and a touch of the mystical that makes us all ponder what it means to truly find love. The author takes care to create nuanced personalities for each character, which should be treated with reverence and steeped in honest naturalness.
How to Sign Up:
1. Please sign up for an audition slot on Sign Up Genius. Auditions will be 45 minutes in length and will consist of small groups auditions. Once you have completed your 45-minute slot, you are free to go. Walk-ins are welcome and will be placed in the next available slot, but we highly recommend signing up in advance.
2. Please fill out the Audition Form in advance.
3. Email us with any questions.
What to Prepare:
1. One monologue from the provided selection below
2. A resume and headshot (Exit 7 can also take a headshot for you)
3. Please wear movable clothing
Overview of the Characters
Pete: (late teens, early 20s Male) Youthful appearing male who uses his knowledge to explain the feelings he cannot quite express.
Ginette: (late teens, early 20s Female) A youthful female who is uncomfortable expressing her emotions to Pete, despite having been dating him for quite a while.
Scene 1: Her Heart
East: (Late 30s- 40s Male) Hardworking, introverted, homebody who lives a simple but meaningful life.
Glory: (30s Female) Adventurous, independent woman who is grappling with grief and the need to move on.
Scene 2: Sad and Glad
Jimmy: (20s Male) Just a smalltown boy, took a midnight train going nowhere. Coming to terms with reality and adulthood.
Sandrine: (20s Female) Beautiful, former popular girl who enjoyed her small-town life, and is uncomfortable reminiscing.
Waitress: (Late teens- Early 20s) Hardworking, comical, witty waitress
Scene 3: This Hurts
Marvalyn: (30s+ Female) Anxious woman who struggles with independence and has a caring entimental soul.
Steve: (Late 20s- 30s Male) Neurodivergent man who struggles with pain in all its forms and has difficulty forming deep attachments with reality.
Scene 4: Getting it Back
Gayle: (Late 20s- Early 30s female) Sentimental, romantic, and frustrated woman who longs to move forward in her love life.
Lendall: (Late 20s- 30s Male) Laid back, chill love of Gayle. Not very romantic but caring and compassionate.
Scene 5: They Fell
(This scene may be cast as either two men or two women)
Randy & Chad / Deena & Shelly (20s-30s) Two long term friends that are grappling with budding feelings of love for one another.
Scene 6: Where it Went
Marci: (40s Female) Hurt, frustrated mother, and wife. Looking for more meaning and attention in her relationship and future.
Phil: (40s male) Hardworking, frustrated and troubled father and husband. Phil is looking to succeed somewhere…anywhere.
Scene 7: Story of Hope
Hope: (20s-30s Female) World traveler, reminiscent romantic, independent woman with regrets.
Man: (20s-30s Male) A man who lives in Almost Maine.
Scene 8: Seeing the Thing
Rhonda: (20s-30s Female) Introverted person with strict boundaries that are slowly softening.
Dave: (20s- 30s Male) Extroverted male with passionate actions and hopeful notions.
Epilogue: Pete and Ginette
All monologues may be performed by any gender for the audition process. Please feel free to change the pronouns as you choose. Please select a monologue from the following options that best shows off your personal range and acting style. Memorization is not required.
MONOLOGUE 1: Scene 1: Her Heart
Oh, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know I was in someone’s yard – I hope you don’t mind. I didn’t think you would! I didn’t think –…. You see, it says in your brochure that people from Maine wouldn’t mind. It says (producing a brochure about Maine tourism) that people from Maine are different, that they live life “the way life should be.” And that, “in the tradition of their brethren in rural northern climates, like Scandinavia,” they’ll let people who are complete strangers – like cross-
country skiers and bikers and hikers – camp out in their yard, if they need to, for nothing. They’ll just let you. I’m a hiker. Is it true? That they’ll just let you pitch a tent in their yards if you need to? ‘Cause I need to. Camp out. ‘Cause I’m where I need to be……Would you let a hiker who was where she needed to be just camp out in your yard for free? I mean, if the person really needed to? …... Really really needed to?
Monologue 2 Scene 3: This Hurts:
You can hit me if you want to. Go ahead. It won’t hurt. See? Go ahead. Come on! Okay. You don’t have to. Most people don’t. Hit me. Most people just go away. You can go away, too, if you want to. That’s what most people do when I tell them about myself. My brother Paul says I just shouldn’t tell people about myself, because I scare them. So I’ve actually recently put “myself” on the list of things to be afraid of. (Pause) I can’t explain what it’s like. See, I don’t feel any pain. I don’t know what it’s like to hurt, so....I don’t know. I don’t really feel. See, I don’t have fully developed pain sensors. They’re immature, my brother Paul says---and because they’re immature, my development as a human being has been retarded, he says. But Paul teaches me what hurts, though----so I won’t ruin myself. I have to know what hurts, so I know when to be afraid---so I have to memorize what to be afraid of. Things like bears. And guns and knives. And fire. And fear---I should fear fear itself----and pretty girls. My brother Paul says they can hurt you ’cause they make you love them, and that’s something I’m supposed to be afraid of too----love.
MONOLOGUE 3: Scene 4: Getting It Back
Lendall.....you don’t love me. And I’ve been trying to fix that. I’ve tried to make you love me by giving you every bit of love I had, and now....I don’t have any love for me left, and that’s....that’s not good for a person...and...that’s why I want all the love I gave you back, because I wanna bring it with me. I need to get away from things…Okay, YOU. You are the things in this town I need to get away from because I have to think and start over, and so: all the love I gave to you?
I want it back, in case I need it. Because I can’t very well go around giving your love----’cause that’s all I have right now, is the love you gave me---I can’t very well go around giving your love to other guys, ‘cause ---that just doesn’t seem right. So I think---I think that, since I know now that you’re not ready to do what comes next for people who have been together for quite a long time, I think we’re gonna be done. So I think that’s the best thing we can do, now, is just return
the love we gave to each other, and call it even.
MONOLOGUE 4: Scene 5: They Fell
I don’t know. Just sometimes…I don’t know why I bother goin “out.” I don’t like it. I hate it. I hate goin’ out on these dates. I mean, why do I wanna spend my Friday night with someone I might maybe like, when I could be spendin’ it hanging out with someone I know I like, like you, you know? I mean that was rough tonight. In the middle of Sam slamming the door on me then tellin’ me how they didn’t like the way I smelled…I got real sad. And all I could think about was how not much in this world makes me feel good or makes much sense anymore, and I got really scared, ‘cause there’s gotta be something that makes you feel good or at least makes sense in this world, or what’s the point right? But then I kinda came out of bein’ sad and actually felt ok, ‘cause I realized that there is one thing in this world that makes me feel really good and that does make sense, and it’s you.
MONOLOGUE 5: Scene 6: Where It Went
(Character has just been called out by wife, Marci, for forgetting their wedding anniversary.)
I’m…sorry. You’re mad at me, and pretty soon, outta nowhere, it’s gonna get ugly. I mean Marci: I’m sorry!! I know I was late. I had to work. I need the hours….Look I know I miss some things but I gotta take the double shift when Chad needs me at the mill! He’s helpin’ me – us – out, you know,…offering me overtime! Me workin’ is for us, and the kids, and it’s a lot sometimes, and it messes me up! Things cost money! (beat) You get mad at me. But you don’t
tell me – even when I ask you over and over. Because you don’t know how to tell me what you feel like about me, so I never know where I am, where I stand! Maybe that’s why I go away! So I can know where I am for a SECOND! And you know what? It’s lonely there too, where I go. And you sent me there. You went away a long time before I did.
MONOLOGUE 6: Scene 7: Story of Hope
Does Daniel Harding live here? I’m looking for Daniel Harding. He lives here. I thought….I am so embarrassed. I just honestly thought he’d be here. I always thought he’d be here. Always. (Pause) Do you know him? Big Guy? Tall Guy? Strong. Oh, don’t even answer that. That was---I know that’s a horrible question to ask a person who lives in a small town, as if everybody in small towns knows everybody else, agh!, can’t believe I asked that. I don’t live here anymore,
but when I did, I hated when people assumed I knew everybody in a small town just because it was small. It was worse than when they’d ask if we had “…plumbing way up there?”, ’cause, you know, people in small towns really don’t know each other any better than in big towns, you know that? I mean, you know who you know, and you don’t know who you don’t know, just like anywhere else. (Pause) I’m sorry to have bothered you. I was just so sure--- When his parents
passed away, he kept the house, I heard. He lived here. He stayed here, I thought. He was one of the ones who stayed. (Pause) I didn’t stay. I went away. And I guess he did too. I never thought he would. I guess, I lost track...You gotta hold onto people or you lose ’em.