The Ringgold Playhouse (TRP) will open its 2018 season on Thursday night, Feb. 15, with John Cariani's charming romantic comedy "Almost, Maine".

The play features a series of nine intertwined vignettes that ultimately tell a heartwarming story about the people in the mythical town of "Almost, Maine".

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

"I love the simplicity of this show," Lierow said. "There is not a need to make it over-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.

Overall, Lierow says she hopes the stories resonate with audiences as much as they have with the cast and crew.

"My hope is that the audience will walk away recognizing a piece of themselves in the people of Almost," Lierow said. "Because really, isn't that what theater is all about?"

The show's cast features 15 actors; TRP regulars Ronald King, David Dunn, Joanna Lewis, Sherri Brown, Lisa Parsons, Kylene Booher, David Howard, and Chuck Nalley, as well as Jodi Upton, Chris M. Cooper, Jolie Focht, T.J. Rogers, Maria Chattin, Josh Adler, and Christopher Cooper who are all making their TRP debuts.

In addition to her uber-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 said. "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."

The show will run for the next two weekends at the historic Ringgold Depot. Tickets are available in person Monday-Friday at Ringgold City Hall, over the phone at 706-935-3061, or online at CityOfRinggoldGa.gov.

"Almost, Maine" at The Ringgold Playhouse

When: Feb. 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.

Where: The Ringgold Depot. 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga. 30736

Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and students.

Twitter: @RinggPlayhouse