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Press Contact: Ben Thietje 612-810-5111


New Prague’s professional theatre company will open the third production of its inaugural season

August 5th, 2013 – DalekoArts, New Prague’s professional ensemble theatre company helmed by New Prague native Ben Thietje and his wife Amanda White, will open magical romantic comedy Almost, Maine this Thursday, August 8th at 7:30pm at the New Prague Middle School. On a chilly and crystal-clear winter night, business is not quite usual in the rural and mythical town of Almost, Maine. Almost’s residents, guided by the deep and spectacular colors of the northern lights, find themselves falling in and out of love in ways they could never have imagined. Laughter and tears accompany bruised egos, hearts and knees in this sweet, hilarious and touching evening under the wide-open night sky. Says White, “It’s funny, heart-warming, and full of the magic of new and renewed love. Almost’s miles of wilderness, heaven of stars, and people living in harmony with the outdoors makes Maine feel very much like a state much closer to our hearts.” After running its opening weekend in New Prague, Almost, Maine will transfer with its set, full production team, and cast to Alexandria, Minnesota. There it will run from August 13th-18th at the acclaimed Theatre L’Homme Dieu, regional theatre company of the Lakes Area and Central Minnesota for more than 50 years. Says Thietje, “This is an incredible opportunity for DalekoArts to share Almost, Maine with a broader audience throughout the state, and a chance to partner with our great colleagues at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. We feel so fortunate to take this play to Alexandria, and we look forward to the possibility of future partnerships with the company. Theatre L’Homme Dieu and Artistic Director Jack Reuler present the work of some of Minnesota’s finest artists; we’re honored to share this stage with them.” The show features New Prague native son Thietje, and Minnesota stage veterans Sean Byrd, Jane Froiland, and Lizzie Gernes. The production is directed by Anne Byrd, Twin Cities director, actor and faculty member in the Normandale Community College Department of Theatre. DalekoArts’ first season is sponsored by Prairie Pond Winery. The first fifty patrons to order tickets to opening nights throughout the season will also receive an invitation to an Opening Night Party hosted by Prairie Pond. "It's a perfect place to grab a glass of wine with some friends before a show," said Thietje. Individual tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 952-314-9077 or visiting ###

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Amanda White Co-Artistic Director

Ben Thietje Co-Artistic Director

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FACT SHEET WHO: DalekoArts Written by John Cariani Performed by Sean Byrd, Jane Froiland, Lizzie Gernes, and Ben Thietje Designed by Darren Hensel (sets), Matt McNabb (lighting), Christine Loose (costumes), Abbee Warmboe (props), Montana Johnson (sound) Stage Managed by Mark Tietz Directed by Anne Byrd WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: New Prague’s professional theatre company will open, Almost, Maine, the third production of its inaugural season, on Thursday, August 8th. New Prague Middle School – 721 Central Ave N, New Prague, MN 56071 THREE NEW PRAGUE PERFORMANCES ONLY: August 8, 9, & 10, 2013 (nine total)          HOW MUCH: Thursday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM - post-show party at Prairie Pond for first 50 patrons Friday, August 9 @ 7:30 PM Saturday, August 10 @ 7:30 PM Tuesday, August 13 @ 7:30 PM: Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN Wednesday, August 14 @ 7:30 PM: Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN Thursday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM: Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN Friday, August 16 @ 7:30 PM: Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN Saturday, August 17 @ 7:30 PM: Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN Sunday, August 18 @ 2:00 PM: Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN

$12 - $15 (subject to change) Discounts: - 15% off groups of 10 or more

PHOTOS: TIX & INFO: 952-314-9077 –