Posted on 09/18/2012 12:00am
The Public Theatre, in Lewiston kicks off its 22nd season with a dynamic and entertaining selection of plays certain to satisfy anyone who loves high quality professional theatre at an affordable price.
The new season will begin with a burst of pre-season excitement on Sept 28-30, when the theatre hosts the Manhattan Short film festival. Being selected as a venue for the festival is an honor and a delightful tribute to the theatre’s history as a movie house. This exciting festival will feature ten short films from around the world seen in one viewing. These same films will be shown to audiences at selected venues around the globe within the same week and voting ballots from every audience around the world will be totaled to decide the winner. Finalists from this festival have gone on to win the Oscar in the short film category, so this is a must-see event for all film lovers.
Next up, the actors take center stage, when The Public Theatre’s season officially opens with the hip and entertaining new comedy, The Book Club Play, running Oct 19th - 28. Laughter meets literature when a book club becomes the subject of a documentary film and is hilariously captured in all its dysfunctional glory (imagine Lord of the Flies with wine and dip). As this oddball group of friends, discuss books from Moby Dick and The Age of Innocence to The Da Vinci Code and Twilight, they soon discover the real story is the one that happens between the lines. Don’t miss this entertaining comedy about the joys of reading and friendship. The Public Theatre will be working with the playwright on the continuing development of this exciting new script following its previous production at the prestigious Arena Stage in DC, and is happy to announce that the playwright will be participating in the post-show discussion following the Sunday Oct 21st matinee performance.
November brings continued laughter to The Public Theatre with a perfect comedy for BOTH men and women called The Male Intellect: an Oxymoron?, playing Nov 9 - 11th. In this humorous celebration of the sexes, one brave man attempts to understand the way women think by consulting various men handing down the same bizarre information from generation to generation. This popular production has been performed to rave reviews at multiple theatres across the country, and The Public Theatre is pleased to have the chance to present this delightful show to their audience.
The holiday season brings the return of The Public Theatre’s acclaimed and beloved adaptation of A Christmas Carol, playing Dec 7, 8, and 9th. Created by The Public Theatre, this delightful adaptation has been published and performed by theatres around the world, and has become a Lewiston/Auburn tradition! Featuring six actors and a fiddler, Dickens’ language and characters come to life in a way you’ve never seen before. With family friendly performance times, and The Public Theatre’s amazing Youth priced ticket of only $5 for children 18 and younger, this production makes a great gift for the whole family. New to the role of Scrooge this season, will be the star of last year’s exciting production of RED, Joel Leffert. Banish your humbug and come see this classic story told in a way you’ve never imagined, and will never forget.
Then, chase away those winter blues and start the new year off with a big smile on your face with the howling comedy The Hound of the Baskervilles, playing Jan 25 - Feb 3. In the style of The Complet Wks of Wllm Shkspre (abridged), this side-splitting spoof about an ancient family curse, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose is the silliest Sherlock Holmes story you’ll ever see. This must-see madcap adventure is perfect for Sherlock Holmes fans and fun-loving theater goers - in fact, the “moor” the merrier. BEWARE: This Hound will find your funny bone!
March 15 - 24th brings the highly anticipated Maine premiere of the recent Broadway hit, Time Stands Still. What’s the more dangerous place? A war zone, or a committed relationship? For photojournalist Sarah Goodwin, happiness has been rushing from hotspot to hotspot capturing images of global conflict, but after an accident she’s forced to return home and settle into a more “normal” domestic life with her boyfriend. Is shifting one’s focus off the problems of the world and onto the good in our lives, an act of bravery or cowardice? This hit Broadway play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies (Dinner with Friends) is a powerful, witty, and intelligent look at how a change in perspective can alter an entire picture.
In the spring, romance goes into full bloom with the bittersweet romantic comedy The Last Romance, May 3 - 12. From the author of Over the River and Through the Woods comes a heartwarming comedy that proves you’re never too old to fall in love. Exploring a new path on his walk home, a charming widower unexpectedly discovers a woman, her dog, and the possibility of a second chance at love.
On May 19th, The Public Theatre ends its 2012-2013 season with a special production for children called HAIKU, HIPHOP, and HOTDOGS. Presented by the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre (the creators of last season’s winsome production of Anansi, Spiderman of Africa), famous children’s poems spring to life in this delightful show perfect for ages Pre K - 5. Thrill to the exploits of aerodynamic sausages in “Fearless Flying Hotdogs!”, dance with the “Funky Snowman!”, “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket” and - above all - “Do Not Approach an Emu!”. Entertaining and educational, take advantage of the $5 Youth priced ticket and introduce a child to the magical world of theatre.
In 1991, The Public Theatre was founded with the mission of bringing high quality professional theater to the people of Maine at an affordable price. With a top ticket price of $18, and another exciting year of plays to look forward to performed by the finest actors from N.Y. to L.A., The Public Theatre remains committed to keeping Broadway-quality theatre accessible for everyone.
Season subscriptions are currently on sale. Individual tickets, gift certificates, morning student matinees and group rates (for parties of 10 or more) are available for all productions. For more information and showtimes visit www.thepublictheatre.org or call 782-3200. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St. in downtown Lewiston.
The Public Theatre 2012-13 Season Underwriters: Platz Associates, Sun Journal, Schooner Estates, DownEast Magazine, Austin Associates and Gleason Media Services.