The comedy-romance вЂњAlmost MaineвЂќ is premiering in the next two weeks and Director Morgan Lund explains his part in the play at USU Eastern.
вЂњGrady [McEvoy] asked me to submit some plays,вЂќ Lund began. вЂњI submitted вЂAlmost MaineвЂ™ because I just love it. One of the most difficult things we have to do in life is create relationships, And relationships based on love are the most important things in our life, whether we know it or not. ItвЂ™s not money, itвЂ™s not a career, itвЂ™s love. We forget how important love is in our lives.вЂќ
Lund is originally from Utah, but travels nationwide to work on productions. He recently finished a miniseries for Discovery Channel and commercials for Artic Circle. He also finished a production of вЂњThe Lion in WinterвЂќ in Salt Lake.
вЂњThis community has no idea how lucky they are [having] the theater here,вЂќ Lund continued. вЂњThe students work so hard. TheyвЂ™re so good, theyвЂ™re so committed, and most importantly, theyвЂ™re so talented.вЂќ
“Sometimes we forget to have love in our life,” Lund said. вЂњThatвЂ™s why I picked this play. ItвЂ™s a comedy, itвЂ™s stupid, itвЂ™s poignant, itвЂ™s scary. ItвЂ™s all those things that love is.вЂќ Lund explained that there are nine different scenes in this play, nine different relationships. вЂњThereвЂ™s also a lot more to it. It takes place in rural America, and it speaks to me when IвЂ™m in Carbon County. It wouldnвЂ™t speak to me if I was in Chicago.вЂќ
“The Aurora Borealis is what ties the entire play together,” Lund pointed out. The theater department has purchased five star projectors to thrust the audience into the moment onstage. вЂњEverywhere we can put a star, weвЂ™ll put a star. The theatrical experience will be like no other. Grady is designing an environment that will be very different
He believes that the hardest thing about the play has been the casting. вЂњI have 14 people in the cast, I found 14 people I wanted to work withвЂ¦the most difficult thing about directing this play is getting out of my head. Getting out of my space and letting it happen.вЂќ
“ItвЂ™s a sensitive play,” Lund recalls.” There are somber moments, but there are aspects of love for everyone. That horrible four letter word, love, is what makes a basketball player the best basketball player. ItвЂ™s what makes going home the most important part of your dayвЂ¦ItвЂ™s a comedy about a four letter word. [Everyone] is going to want to make out when weвЂ™re done.вЂќ
McEvoy is set designer, Corey Ewan, Ph.D., as costume designer, and Josh Bone is stage manager. The cast includes Scott Zaborski, Lisha Michaels, Tyrell Clement, Annie Morey, Josh Bone, Leandra Arroyo, Madison Alleman, DeeJay Laughbon, Braden Hampel, Alissa Peters, Tim Swenson, Dwayne Huffaker, Carrie Huffaker and Savana Miller.
вЂњAlmost MaineвЂќ promises to be full of laughter and tears. Save the date and come enjoy the ups and downs of romance onstage at the USU Eastern Geary Theater 7:30 p.m. on February 7-16 (Sunday dark). Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for non-USU Eastern students and faculty, and $2 for USU students with their student ID.