Chattanooga Now Ringgold Playhouse opens season with 'Almost, Maine'

Chattanooga Now Ringgold Playhouse opens season with 'Almost, Maine'

February 14th, 2018 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

Joanna Lewis rehearses a scene in "Almost, Maine." (Contributed Photo)

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2018 Season

The Ringgold Playhouse is offering season ticket packages that grant admission to each production of the 2018 season for a discounted price.

The package price is $40 for five mainstage productions; a savings of $10 for the season.

TRP’s season opens Thursday, Feb. 15, with a seven-performance run of “Almost, Maine.”

The rest of the TRP season includes Sam Shepard’s “True West” in April, TRP original “The Goober County Fair Talent Show” in May, Neil Simon’s “Rumors” in July and the Wooten and Jones Hope comedy, “The Hallelujah Girls!” in September.

Season and individual show tickets can be purchased by phone at 706-935-3061 or online at cityofringgoldga.gov.

T.J. Rogers and Jolie Focht find each other under the Northern Lights in the mystical town of Almost, Maine. (Contributed Photo)

T.J. Rogers and Jolie Focht find each other...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The Ringgold Playhouse is opening its 2018 season with John Cariani's romantic comedy, "Almost, Maine."

Directed by Renee Lierow, the heartwarming production includes seven performances that will he held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Feb. 15-17 and 22-24, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Playhouse is located at 155 Depot St. in Ringgold Ga.

"Almost, Maine" tackles love, life and relationships in a mythical Maine town full of quirky and endearing townspeople. The play features a series of nine intertwined vignettes that ultimately tell a story about the people in the mythical town of Almost.

While the show is perfect for the Valentine's Day season, director Renee Lierow says the production also includes wonderfully entertaining character studies from more than a dozen area actors.

"I love the simplicity of this show," Lierow says. "There is not a need to make it overly dramatic or have some grand gestures, but instead, this is a fully character-driven show. They are real people in real relationships with a surprising little twist that makes us think about our own lives."

The show's cast features 15 actors: Ronald King, David Dunn, Joanna Lewis, Sherri Brown, Lisa Parsons, Kylene Booher, David Howard, Chuck Nalley, Jodi Upton, Chris M. Cooper, Jolie Focht, T.J. Rogers, Maria Chattin, Josh Adler and Christopher Cooper .

In addition to a talented cast, Lierow says the experience and the storytelling process have been a real treat during this production.

"This whole process has left me feeling so lucky to be able to work at TRP," Lierow says. "Each time I have left rehearsal with the cast, I have left uplifted and encouraged. They have surpassed my expectations over and over again. I have often told them that this show gets better every time I see it, so I am excited to share them and their hard work with our audience."

Tickets are $10 or $8 for senior adults and students. Tickets may be purchased at Ringgold City Hall during regular business hours Monday through Friday, by phone at 706-935-3061, or online at cityofringgoldga.gov.