Professional Theatre For Maine

The Public Theatre announces its 18th season!

Posted on 04/23/2008 12:00am

Early Bird Subscriptions are now on sale for The Public Theatre’s 2008-2009 season! Only at Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre will you find high quality professional theatre featuring professional Equity actors from NY to LA, for a top ticket price of only $18! Every Subscription purchased by May 19th will qualify for a free bonus ticket that can be used to any play in the subscription series. “Mainer’s love a bargain”, says Artistic Director Christopher Schario, and our annual Early Bird bonus ticket program has proven to be a win-win for both the theatre and our subscribers. With record-breaking attendance numbers this year, “NOW”, says Schario, “is the best time to guarantee yourself a seat by purchasing your tickets for the upcoming season!”

The Public Theatre begins its highly anticipated 18th season with the recent Off-Broadway comedy Secrets of a Soccer Mom, by Kathleen Clark, playing Oct 24 – Nov 9th. If you think you’re too busy to see this play, or envy Dora the Explorer’s travel opportunities, or find that a trip to the bathroom is your best hope for “quality alone time” – this is a play for you! No matter what age or gender you are, this funny, touching and sympathetic comedy addresses the question, “How in the world did I wind up here?” When three multi-tasking moms leave their traditional spots on the sideline to play in the annual “mother vs. son” soccer game, an ordinary day becomes extraordinary as each woman recaptures her spirit, humor and passion. Because this play seems to be striking a chord with so many people in today’s world, The Public Theatre has decided to add an extra weekend of performances. With an attractive group rate ticket price of only $14 for groups of ten or more, this show will make a great excuse for a group of busy friends to get together.

December brings the holiday season and Artistic Director Christopher Schario’s beloved adaptation of A Christmas Carol, December 12, 13, and 14. A Lewiston/Auburn tradition for over 15 years, this inventive adaptation seems to get better and better every year. Uncluttered by garish spectacle, six actors and a fiddler grab a handful of props and bring Dickens’ language and characters to life in a way you’ve never seen before. Ignite your holiday spirit with this classic story followed by fiddler Jennifer Armstrong in her production of A Homespun Holiday, a celebration of famous American holiday songs and stories. This delightful double feature keeps the holiday spirit alive by offering a top ticket price of only $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12. With family friendly performance times of 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 1 and 4pm on Sunday, this production makes a great gift for the whole family.

The New Year brings the Pulitzer Prize nominated Collected Stories, by Donald Margulies, playing Jan 23-Feb 1. From the author of Dinner with Friends comes a witty and compelling All About Eve-like tale of a famous writer and her adoring protégé. Following her mentor’s advice on how to succeed all too well, a talented and ambitious student progresses quickly from colleague to confidante, and ultimately to rival. As their friendship rises and falls, they are forced to confront the question, “is anything truly ‘off limits’ when it comes to writing a great book?”

Just in time for spring, TPT presents the Maine premiere of a delightful new play and comic lesson in L’amour called, The 13th of Paris, by Mat Smart, running March 13 – 22. In this charming and whimsical romantic comedy, a young man takes a suitcase filled with the love letters of his late grandparents, and impulsively travels to Paris in search of the true meaning of love. When he begins receiving romantic advice from a dapper French ghost in a pinstripe suit, he discovers the secret of listening to his heart in our crazy modern world.

The 2008-2009 season ends with the heartfelt family comedy, The Last Mass at St. Casimir’s, by Tom Dudzick, playing May 1 - 10. Playwright Tom Dudzick has often been called “the Neil Simon for the Catholic working class” and this play proves it! Meet the lovable Pazinski family! Gathering to say their final goodbyes to their recently sold childhood home, (before it’s converted into a Vietnamese restaurant!), the Pazinski clan is trapped together in their old house by an unexpected blizzard and given the opportunity to come together again as a family. For those familiar with the popular comedy Over the Tavern, this play is the final installment in the tales of the Pazinski family. Similar to Neil Simon’s wonderful Broadway Bound trilogy, knowledge of the other plays in the trilogy is unnecessary to enjoy this delightful nostalgic comedy.

With the increase of sold-out performances each season, the benefit subscriber’s have of being able to order their tickets before they go on sale to the general public becomes more valuable. Subscriptions to The Public Theatre are $72 for adults and $64 for seniors and students. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are sold separately from the subscription. Group rates of $14 for parties of 10 or more, and special student matinee performances are available for most productions.

For tickets and subscription information call (207) 782-3200, or visit our website at www.thepublictheatre.org. The Public Theatre is located at Lisbon & Maple St. in downtown Lewiston.