The Community Players of Concord, NH presents “Last Gas” by John Cariani

John Cariani hails from way-northern Maine, and his plays are set in that sparsely-populated region on the edge of what’s wild and what is not. Concord audiences have seen two other Cariani plays in recent years: Almost, Maine, produced by the Players in February 2011, and Love/Sick performed at the Hatbox Theatre in September 2018.

Last Gas, Cariani’s most recent play, is set in a very small, unincorporated town near the Canadian border. Nat Paradis runs the business he inherited from his father, Dwight, a 63-year-old who likes dating young Canadians. Paradis’ Last Convenient Store is the final stop for fuel and supplies before leaving the U.S. It may also prove to be the last stop for some of life’s most universal events: love, loss, connection, and joy.

Nat never married Cherry-Tracy (a forest ranger who fancies herself The Law) – but they have a teenage son, Troy, who is now a tall young man with bigger dreams than this small town can hold. When Nat’s high school girlfriend, Lureen, comes home from New York to bury her mother, Nat gets a chance to rekindle a romance he gave up on years ago. But sparks fly as he’s forced to choose between new love and old.

Wayland Bunnell directs, and says “There are other things besides moose that can wander onto our paths and make big changes. Last Gas is a sweet, funny, moving and thought-provoking look at love lost and love found, and at what it means to ‘get back to happy’ ”.

Last Gas will be performed on Valentine’s Day weekend – Friday and Saturday, February 11-12 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, February 13 at 2 pm at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, NH. Tickets for reserved (and socially-distanced) seating are $20, with a $2 per ticket discount for purchases prior to Wednesday, February 9. Information and tickets are available at www.communityplayersofconcord.org or by contacting Box Office chair David Murdo at nhdm40@comcast.net or (603) 344-4747.

Note: All performers and crew have been fully vaccinated, and masks are required for audience members and others in the Auditorium (except performers while on stage). All COVID-19 precautions are subject to change depending on circumstances at show time.

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