Professional Theatre For Maine

The Public Theatre begins its 17th season!

Posted on 09/04/2007 12:00am

Subscriptions are still available for The Public Theatre's 2007-2008 season! Only at Lewiston/Auburn's Professional Theatre will you find the best and most recent plays from Broadway and Off-Broadway, featuring the finest professional actors from New York to Los Angeles, for a top ticket price of only $18! "Mainer's love a bargain", says Artistic Director Christopher Schario, and they've responded to The Public Theatre's philosophy of presenting high quality professional theatre at an affordable price with record attendance and glowing reviews. Voted BEST THEATRE COMPANY for the fourth time by The Portland Phoenix readers' poll, and capturing the title of "The #1 GEM OF LEWISTON / AUBURN" by The Sun-Journal, The Public Theatre is proud to be a cornerstone in the cultural life of Central Maine. Given the number of sold out performances each season, "NOW", says Schario, "is the best time to buy your tickets."

The Public Theatre begins its highly anticipated 17th season with the romantic comedy Almost Maine, Oct 19 - 28. Written by Maine author, actor, and Tony Award nominee John Cariani, this delightful comedy is the perfect date-play for young and old. Set in the far reaches of Northern Maine, an eccentric and endearing cast of Mainers fall in and out of love in ways that only people who live in close proximity to wild moose can do. Funny, warm and delightfully romantic, put on your parka and enjoy this whimsical look at the joys and perils of romance.

November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 brings Susan Poulin and Gordon Carlisle (the creators of Ida, Woman who runs with the Moose, and In My Head I’m Thin) back to The Public Theatre in Spousal Deafness and Other Bones of Contention, a riotous rumination on married life. Using original songs, sketch comedy, and inventive props, they explore the wacky world of relationships, and take a humorous look at romance, vacation negotiation, and spousal deafness. This special fundraising production is expected to sell out, so make sure you reserve your tickets early.

December brings the holiday season and traditional family entertainment. Uncluttered by garish spectacle, six actors and a fiddler grab a handful of props and bring Dickens' language and characters to life in TPT's critically acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol, December 7, 8, and 9. 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 ticket price of only $10 for all children under 12, and a top ticket price of $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. With family friendly performance times of 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 1 and 4pm on Sunday, A Christmas Carol makes a great gift for the whole family.

The New Year brings the Maine Premiere of the highly anticipated Broadway hit, Doubt, a parable, by John Patrick Shanley, playing Jan 25 - Feb 3. Winner of 24 major awards including the 2005 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, Broadway's most-honored, "must-see" play makes its Maine debut at The Public Theatre. "I have not the slightest proof of anything, but I have my certainty," states Sister Aloysius. But when a nun's suspicion is weighed against the word of a priest, how does one determine the truth? A compelling parable for our times on the dangers of "spin" and "moral certainty", don't miss this provocative and gripping story of suspicion called "the richest and most talked about piece of theatre in years."

Just in time for spring, TPT presents the Maine premiere of the inspiring comedy Well by Lisa Kron, March 7 - 16. Named one of the "top ten plays of 2004", Well is a hilarious, touching, and utterly original comedy about mothers and daughters, the body-mind health connection, and the "stories" we all create to make sense of our lives. Playwright Lisa Kron has created a nice, orderly little play about her family, growing up, and how she got cured of her allergies. But her mother - who's watching the play in a housedress from her on-stage living room - keeps interrupting, offering snacks to the audience, and telling her own versions of Lisa's carefully constructed story. A play for anyone who's ever had a mother, Well is goofy enough to make your sides ache -- and intelligent enough to rearrange your understanding of the world.

The 2007-2008 season ends with the heartwarming comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, May 2 - 11. For 29 years, Nick has been showing up for Sunday dinner at the home of his grandparents. But this Sunday, Nick will tell them about his exciting job promotion and his impending move to Seattle. Can four clever grandparents create a plan that will keep their grandson in town? No matter what your grandparents are like, we guarantee you'll find at least one of them on stage, in this delightful family comedy written by the author of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Given the large number of historically sold-out performances at The Public Theatre, becoming a subscriber is a great way to guarantee yourself tickets for the season. Subscriptions are $72 for adults and $64 for seniors and students. Tickets for Spousal Deafness and Other Bones of Contention and A Christmas Carol are sold separately from the subscription and can be reserved now. Gather a group of ten or more peoples together for any production and receive the group rate of $14 per person. Special student matinee performances for schools are also available for most productions at the student rate of $5 per ticket.

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.