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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Manhattan Short Film Festival

September 28 - 29, 2018

Join us as over 100,000 film lovers unite in over 300 cinemas across 6 continents to view and vote on the finalists films in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

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Announcing the 2018-19 Season!












Subscriptions include one ticket each to Things My Mother Taught MeHuman ErrorA Doll's House, Part 2, and Fireflies, plus a BONUS ticket good to bring one person to any one of those shows. 

Subscriptions on sale now.

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Single tickets available starting August 1, 2018


Things My Mother Taught Me

by Katherine DiSavino

October 19 – 28, 2018

Olivia and Gabe are taking the “next step” and moving into their first apartment together. Imagine their surprise when their parents “drop by” from 800 miles away with unsolicited advice on life, love and cleaning products! Is an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment big enough to hold the love, laughter, wisdom and worry of four parents?

“Funny and touching, this comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again!”

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Makin’ Whoopie: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love & Marriage

by Susan Poulin

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November 9-11, 2018

Maine’s funniest woman, Ida LeClair, offers a fresh view on love, marriage and dating with a delightful mix of sassy stories and common-sense advice. Whip-smart and down to earth, spending time with Ida is like catching up with a wise old friend with a wicked good sense of humor!

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A Christmas Carol

adapted by Christopher Schario

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December 14-16, 2018

A modern and traditional tale in one! Six actors and a fiddler perform the Dickens out of this beloved holiday classic—in a way you’ve never imagined and will never forget. 

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Human Error

by Eric Pfeffinger

January 25 – Feb 3, 2019

Imagine a Liberal family's embryo implanted in a Conservative couple's womb. The funniest 9 months you'll ever see!

A blundering fertility doctor mistakenly implants the embryo of a latte-sipping liberal couple into the womb of a NRA-cardholding conservative family! Get ready for an outrageously funny nine months as both couples attempt to become friends for the good of the child. Don’t miss this timely and provocative new comedy that asks, “Will our similarities ever outweigh our differences?”

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A Doll's House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

March 15 – 24, 2019

Knock, knock. You’ll never guess who’s there. Henrik Ibsen’s Nora has returned 15 years later to the door she once famously slammed behind her! Universally acclaimed as the best play of the 2017 Broadway season, this contemporary, funny and thought-provoking sequel to Ibsen’s famous play crackles with razor-sharp humor and intelligence that speaks directly to today’s audiences about marriage and the ways the roles of women have – and haven’t – changed. 

You will enjoy this play whether or not you are familiar with A Doll’s House.

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by Matthew Barber

May 3 – 12, 2019

For anyone who has gotten used to living on their own, falling in love can feel a bit unnerving. Eleanor is a strong woman of a certain age who enjoys the comfort of her routines. But when a charming drifter comes knocking at her door, can the sparks of a late-life romance be trusted, or is there no fool like an old one? Directed by two-time TONY winner Judith Ivey and staring Broadway veterans Caitlin O’Connor, Jennifer Harmon and Drama Desk nominee Peter Friedman.

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The Legend of the Banana Kid

by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

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May 19, 2019

Great family fun for ages 4 and up!

Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure!  With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits.  (*please note that there are no guns in the show).  Featuring 20 hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas.  

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2017-18 Season

 The 2017-18 Season closed on May 25. 2018

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2017 Manhattan Short Film Festival

Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2017

See the Results of the 2017 Manhattan Short Film Festival

Attention all film lovers and film makers:

The Public Theatre will be hosting the extraordinary global MANHATTAN SHORT film festival. In 2017 Manhattan Short received 1615 entries from 75 countries around the world.  The TEN finalists will be screened more than 1000 times in over 250 cities on six continents over a one week period and as an audience member YOU will get to cast your vote for the winner.

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The Revolutionists

Oct 20 - 29, 2017

Four beautiful badass women are reimagined as the heroes of the French Revolution.

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My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother

Nov 10 - 19, 2017

A heartfelt and humorous story for grown-ups about loving and letting go.

[not included in subscription packages]

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A Christmas Carol

Dec 8 - 10, 2017

A modern and traditional tale in one! Six actors and a fiddler perform the Dickens out of this beloved holiday classic.

[not included in Subscription Packages]

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Fly Me to the Moon

Jan 26 - Feb 4, 2018

Lucy and Ethel become Thelma and Louise through a hilarious series of misadventures.

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Curious George - Film Presentation

Feb 22, 2018

Maine Jewish Film Festival and The Public Theatre present a FREE family film screening at The Public Theatre

Curious George is fun for the whole family! Read More>>

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Marjorie Prime

Mar 16 - 25, 2018

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Will technology ever replace our need for each other?

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The Midvale High School 50th Reunion

May 4 - 13, 2018

It's never too late to fall in love.

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Everybody Loves Pirates

May 20, 2018

Great family fun for ages 4 and up!

Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way!

Winner of 3 Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award for puppetry!

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Everybody Loves Pirates at The Public Theatre this Sunday!

05/14/2018 12:38pm

Family Fun for ages 4 and up!


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