The above painting was created by Krista Brown as a prop for “Seeing the Thing”, the penultimate scene in the play Almost, Maine. In this scene, the character Dave gives the painting that he made to his friend Rhonda, but she is at first unable to see the heart. Only after opening herself up to Dave’s love is Rhonda finally able to see what the painting is.
The OnStagers put on Almost, Maine in the latter half of the spring semester of 2021. This was when vaccines were first becoming widely available to the general public as well as when the state of Massachusetts began to relax the mask mandates and moved in to the second part of the fourth phase of reopening.
Seeing as there were still restrictions in place, there were many precautions put in place to keep people safe. Everyone, including the actors on stage, were required to wear masks. The OnStagers had to restrict attendance, prohibit people from off campus, and impose social distancing in the seats. Because of distancing protocols, they were also forced to hide the many set kisses behind set pieces.
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