Texas Tech University

BurkTech Players Host Spring Performance

David Gay

April 25, 2018

The BurkTech Players will perform “Almost, Maine” in collaboration with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research, the School of Theatre & Dance and the students at All Saints Episcopal School.

Texas Tech University's BurkTech Players will perform “Almost, Maine,” a play by John Cariani that discusses all shapes and forms of being loved and being in love, at 7:30 p.m. April 28-29 at the All Saints Episcopal School, 3222 103rd St.

The performance is in collaboration with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research and the School of Theatre & Dance, which is housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington School of Visual & Performing Arts, as well as students at the All Saints Episcopal School.

For the first time in six years, the BurkTech Players are performing a fully realized two-act play, said Dori Bosnyak, the managing director of the BurkTech Players. This also is the first time the performers are going out into the community to perform.

“We hope to gain audience interest through this piece and to be able to show our uniqueness through this play,” Bosnyak said. “By moving off campus and into the community, we hope to be able to reach a whole new group and a new audience that doesn't know us yet.”

Bosnyak said the play is close to the performers' hearts because of its subject matter: love, relationships and dealing with rejection. It was interesting to see how eager the performers were to explore romance on stage. Love is a recurring theme that the ensemble wants to continuously explore as a group

“The official tagline of “Almost, Maine” is, ‘It is love...but not quite,' which I believe embraces the quirky voice the play speaks with,” Bosnyak said. “There will be love, laughter and tears and I hope our patrons will come away with a heart full of emotions and empathy for our characters.”

Admission to the performance is free. Tickets can be reserved through the School of Theatre & Dance Box Office in person, at Flint Avenue and 18th Street, or by phone at (806) 742-3603.

The BurkTech Players provide a nurturing environment to encourage, extol and extend collaboration through shared experiences of the performing arts with individuals on the autism spectrum.