The American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Partners for the Performing Arts Center (PAC) present Love/Sick by John Cariani on Fridays and Saturdays, September 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays, September 18 and 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the Astoria Performing Arts Center on 16th and Franklin. The play is directed by Susi Brown, who also directed Cariani’s Almost, Maine at The Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach and was the owner and director of Pier Pressure Productions in Astoria.
The actors are Priscilla Fairall, William Ham, Lori Wilson Honl, Toni Ihander, Daric Moore, Nancy Montgomery, Barry Sears, Sheila Shaffer, and Ben Van Osdol. Larry Bryant is the lighting designer, Bobbi Brice is assistant to the director, Dave Gager and William Ham are the sound technicians, running crew are Isaac Gray and Cheyenne Lyon. Daric Moore is the composer and performer of the music specifically created for this production.
John Edward Cariani, born in 1969, is an accomplished playwright and an award-winning American actor. Cariani is best known to television viewers as the forensic expert Julian Beck in Law & Order. On stage, he earned a Tony Award nomination for his role as Motel the Tailor in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Cariani starred in the Transport Group’s 2014 Off-Broadway revival of Almost, Maine. The production was named one of the ten best plays of 2014 by The Advocate, and was also recorded by the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
As a playwright, Cariani is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine which premiered at the Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004, breaking box office records. The Wall Street Journal named it “one of the ten must-see shows” for the 2004/2005 regional theater season.
Cariani’s second play, cul-de-sac premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 with Cariani performing as Joe Jones. The New York Times described cul-de-sac as “charming, witty and macabre.” The play is not yet published as Cariani is still working on it.
Cariani’s third play, Last Gas premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2010. Cariani noted that “Almost, Maine is almost a love letter to northern Maine and Last Gas is a more realistic look at that part of the world.”
Love/Sick is Cariani’s most recent play which premiered in the fall of 2010 and played Off-Broadway in 2015. This production is the premier of this play in Oregon.
Love/Sick is a collection of nine vignettes, with eighteen characters, taking place at the same time and in the same location: a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality. This comedy explores the pain and joy of being in love. The cleverly fashioned playlets show the ups and downs of relationships in a variety of situations: love at first sight, dating anxiety, a wedding, boredom, a divorce, and a meeting of ex-lovers. Some of the vignettes have quirky titles such as “Uh-Oh” and “What?!?” and philosophical titles such as “Destiny”, “Where was I?” and “The Answer”. The Huffington Post described Cariani’s play …”While poking fun at the happily-ever-after notion by means of a strong dose of happily-never-after….He knows how to keep audiences laughing while passing along disappointing news.”
Ticket prices are $15 and can be purchased throughout August from AAUW members and at the door one hour prior to the performances. This is a benefit production for Clatsop Community College student scholarships and for support of the continuing use of the Performing Arts Center. For more information contact Sara Meyer of AAUW at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-791-0426 or contact Charlene Larsen of the PAC at email@example.com or 503-791-6207.