For the second year in a row, thousands of people throughout the state of Maine have voted The Public Theatre in Lewiston to be the “Best Theatre in Maine” in the Down East Magazine readers’ poll. Down East editor-in-chief, Kathleen Fleury says, “To be included in this list selected by the readers of Down East or the editorial team means that you truly are part of what makes Maine so great. Our readers and team take the task of selecting the “Best Of” very seriously. It really is an honor.” >> read more
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Sep 27 - 29, 2013
The Public Theatre will be hosting the extraordinary global MANHATTAN SHORT film festival September 27, 28 & 29. Ten short films selected from over 600 entries from around the world will be screened across the world and in all 50 states over a one week period and each audience member will be asked to turn in their vote for the winner.
Finalists from the festival's history have included nominees and winners of the Oscar in the short film category, so this is a unique and exciting opportunity to see the next generation of feature filmmakers from around the world - only at THE PUBLIC THEATRE.
Oct 18 - 27, 2013
by John Cariani
From the author of “Almost, Maine” comes a series of funny, sweet and sad love stories that dare to ask, “Once you find love, what the heck do you do with it, and how do you make it last?” A perfect show for imperfect lovers, don’t miss this un-romantic comedy for true romantics.
Nov 8 - 10, 2013
by Robert Dubac
Numb from a lifetime of media consumption, poor Robert can no longer remember what he believes, or if he still has the ability to think for himself. Picking up the big stick of truth, he beats the hornet’s nest of hype and spin, in a hilarious attempt to once again see the world with open eyes. A provocative and intelligent new comedy from the creator of “The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?”
Dec 13 - 15, 2013
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Christopher Schario
Don’t miss The Public Theatre’s critically acclaimed holiday production! Rediscover the magic of theatre, when six actors and a fiddler bring Charles Dickens’ classic story to life in a way you’ve never imagined and will never forget. All children 18 and under only $5!
Jan 24 - Feb 2, 2014
by Kim Rosenstock
The Wickman women are having a bad day. Twenty-four year old Sherry has a Masters degree in Art Therapy - which means she’s unemployed and living back at home. Her recently jilted sister is already there, glued to the couch, nursing her broken heart with endless replays of “Top Gun” and a bottle of scotch. Then there is mom, too embarrassed by her recent weight gain to come downstairs, but willing to reach the livingroom via cellphone. If the idea of facing a new day has ever sent you back to bed, this quirky, endearing and uplifting Off-Broadway comedy, is a heart-felt and hilarious look at how we survive the tough moments in life and help each other get back in the game. Contains adult language.
Mar 14 - 23, 2014
by David Lindsay-Abaire
This humor filled drama and 2011 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, is a wicked smart and funny story about class, luck and the question of whether you can ever leave the old neighborhood behind.
Welcome to South Boston, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo. When “mouthy Southie” Margie, loses her job, she turns to an old boyfriend from the neighborhood, now a successful doctor, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start. Contains some mature language.
May 2 - 11, 2014
by Ron Hutchinson
You’ll go nuts for this fun, farcical, and somewhat true behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the screenplay of “Gone With the Wind”. For five days, three of the most talented men in Hollywood lock themselves in a room with an unlimited supply of peanuts and bananas to create the greatest movie ever made. “Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play.”
ALLERGEN WARNING: The set of Moonlight and Magnolias will be strewn with peanuts and peanut shells. Patrons with severe allergies to peanuts should take precautions.
May 18, 2014
by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
Additional Student Matinee Performances May 19-21.
This latest adventure by the Award Winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre will enchant and delight your children.
A pirate’s life isn’t all “yo-ho-ho and a bottle of grog,” ya know. It’s hard work searchin’ for treasure, what with avoidin’ the sea monsters, keepin’ the crabs from eatin’ your nose, and fallin’ overboard just in time to meet a giant octopus. But it’s worth it when ya haul in that treasure chest . . . but the treasure in this chest happens to be a princess . . . a princess who doesn’t even believe you’re a pirate! And how do you prove you’re a real pirate? Arrgh. Well, ya start with a whole lot o’ mattresses!
Perfect for children 4-10 and their families.
The General Public may attend our Student Matinee Performances of this show, pending availability. Seating is general admission, and reservations are required
Special Pricing: $10 Adult/ $5 Youth (18 and under)
*Reservations required for weekday performances.
The Public Theatre’s professional theatre training program for teens will perform Twisted Tales, an assortment of traditional children’s stories with added songs on Friday, July 25th at 6pm. Featuring an auditioned and hand-picked group of twelve students ranging from ages 10 to 15, these young thespians have been hard at work for the past three weeks taking daily classes in stage combat, voice and speech, singing and the fundamentals of acting. The student’s final performance is inspired by Revolting Rhymes, a hip and entertaining twist on some well know fairytales written by Roald Dahl as well as a fun version of The Three Little Pigs created by the student’s master acting teacher, Barbara Helen Baker. Also included will be several songs to show off the vocal skills they are learning as well as some fun stage combat moves. The presentation, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place on Friday July 25th, at 6pm at The Public Theatre.