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The Public Theatre has officially begun its professional theatre training program for young actors. Featuring an auditioned and hand-picked group of 11 students ranging from ages 10 to 15, these young thespians travel daily to The Public Theatre from as far away as Wilton to participate in this exciting program taught by theatre professionals.

The final presentation will be held on Friday July 29th at 6pm at The Public Theatre and is free of charge and open to the public. Read more >>

JOB OPENING: Development Director

The Public Theatre is seeking an energetic, personable, confident and articulate professional for the position of Development Director - Click for Details


2016-17 Subscriptions - Subscribe and get one ticket to each of the four shows in the Subscription Series, plus a BONUS ticket to bring a friend. Read more about Subscriptions.

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2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival

Sep 23 - 24, 2016

Attention all film lovers and film makers:

The Public Theatre will be hosting the extraordinary global MANHATTAN SHORT film festival. 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 as an audience member YOU will get to cast your vote for the winner.

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Last Gas

Oct 14 - 23, 2016

From the author of Almost, Maine.

Love is lost and found in Northern Maine in this very funny and surprisingly thought-provoking romantic comedy with a twist. Nat Paradis is a lonely, Red Sox-loving man whose world suddenly sparks to life when an old flame returns to town on the same day his best friend arrives with the gift of Red Sox vs Yankees tickets. Learn more >>

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Lawn & Disorder

Nov 4 - 6, 2016

Through stand-up comedy and audience participation in a couples' game show, national headlining comedians Karen Morgan & Jim Colliton join together to create an evening of non-stop laughter.

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A Christmas Carol

Dec 9 - 11, 2016

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!

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Under the Skin

Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2017

Raina’s ailing father needs a kidney. Her kidney.  But he’s been a lousy dad, so she’s not convinced he’s “kidney worthy”. This deeply funny and moving new play explores what happens when a person is asked to literally hand over a piece of themselves and what it means to have, to give and to connect with our parents.

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Wrong for Each Other

Mar 17 - 26, 2017

Written by the author of The Ladies Foursome.

Imagine Seinfeld meets Mad About You, when a chance meeting after nine years apart, sends a seemingly mismatched couple flashing back through the highs and lows of their past relationship. Filled with the wisdom of hindsight, this charming and intriguing romantic comedy makes the perfect date night.

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May 5 - 14, 2017

Imagine The Odd Couple meets The Golden Girls when two widows wage war with each other over the most desirable room in a retirement home in this hilarious and high-stakes new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Fuddy Meers and Good People.

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Wait Until Dark

Oct 16 - 25, 2015

A heart-pounding new adaptation of this suspense-filled classic.

A blind, yet capable, woman finds herself unknowingly in danger when a group of con-men enter her apartment. As the climax builds, she must outmaneuver her tormentors by turning her disability to her advantage and “wait until dark” to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.

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Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - Live!

Nov 6 - 8, 2015

The earth shakes with laughter when Mars and Venus collide in this hilarious one-man-comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade. 

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A Christmas Carol

Dec 11 - 13, 2015

Re-discover the classic story told in a way you've never imagined and will never forget, or continue your tradition.  Either way, you won't want to miss The Public Theatre’s critically acclaimed holiday production! All children 18 and under only $5!

“There’s a great reason why this story is told during the holidays and will never go away”, says author and Artistic Director Christopher Schario.  “Sometimes it’s easy to forget the meaning of the season in all the holiday shopping. Watching Scrooge’s journey always awakens my holiday spirit and gets my heart ready to celebrate Christmas.”

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The Ladies Foursome

Jan 22 - 31, 2016

Imagine “Sex and the City” on a golf course.

Directed by two-time Tony Award winning actress Judith Ivey. Imagine “Sex and the City” on a golf course, when four smart and sassy women celebrate the special bonds of friendship that link women together in this hilarious, fast-paced new comedy.

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Belle and Sebastian Film Presentation

Feb 18, 2016

The French adventure film Belle & Sebastian, is an internationally acclaimed film set in the French Alps during WWII.  This story of a resourceful, adorable boy and his dog will enchant the whole family.

The film is appropriate for ages 8 and older. 
Children under the age of 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Runtime 104 minutes. It will be shown in a dubbed version rather than the original French.


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What Rhymes with America

Mar 11 - 20, 2016

“People don’t like change. What they really love is the same in disguise.”

This funny and touching comedy-drama centers around a recently divorced dad, his estranged teenage daughter, a struggling actress and an endearing middle-aged virgin.  Desperately hoping to move forward in their lives, they encourage each other to face their fear of change. Don’t miss the New England premiere of this humorous and heartbreaking off-Broadway hit.

Thinking of bringing your kids? Not recommended for children under 13.

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Crossing Delancey

May 6 - 15, 2016

Who needs when your grandmother knows a matchmaker?

Attention all grandmothers, granddaughters and anyone looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift - this play is for you! 

Izzy is a beautiful, intelligent, single young woman with a doting 80 year old grandmother (“Bubbie”) who is determined to see her granddaughter get married before she dies. Giving cupid a nudge, this irascible granny hires a matchmaker and sets out to find her granddaughter the perfect mate. But will Sam, the neighborhood pickle man, be the kind of man Izzy has in mind? Don’t miss this charming and heartwarming family comedy.

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African Adventure Tales

May 22, 2016

Winner “Best Performance” at the 2015 Puppeteers of America National Festival

Two funny folktales from Africa come to life with stunning puppetry!

Crabgrass brings the traditional tales "Koi and the Kola Nuts," and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" to life through innovative puppetry, spectacular scenery, and infectious music. 

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Crossing Delancey - A Delightful Romantic Comedy

04/26/2016 12:00pm

If you’re a grandmother, granddaughter, or anyone looking for a great Mother’s Day present, The Public Theatre has the perfect gift for you. It’s called Crossing Delancey, a delightful romantic comedy about a doting Jewish grandmotherwho is determined to see her granddaughter get married before she dies. Who needs, when your grandmother knows a matchmaker?  But is Sam, the neighborhood pickleman, the kind of husband a girl has in mind?

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