Professional Theatre For Maine

"Doubt" Is A Certain Success At The Public Theatre!

Posted on 12/17/2007 12:00am

Winner of 24 major awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for BEST PLAY, Doubt, a parable makes its Maine debut at The Public Theatre, Jan 25 – Feb 3. "We're very excited to be the first theatre producing this play in Maine", says Artistic Director Christopher Schario. "We've been wanting to do this show since we saw it in New York, but because of its long-run on Broadway, and negotiations for the film version starring Meryl Streep, the rights for all professional productions were not released until recently. The "buzz" and amazing reviews around this show have generated a lot of interest in seeing it, and Doubt, a parable will be the most produced play in the United States this season".

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Over 2,000 students set to see A Christmas Carol at The Public Theatre

Posted on 11/28/2007 12:00am

Over 2,000 students from over 30 different schools throughout Maine will be attending The Pubic Theatre's acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol. "We're very excited to be able to introduce so many students to this wonderful story, as well as having the honor of giving many of them their first experience attending a professional theatre", says Artistic Director Christopher Schario. Along with its regularly scheduled performances of A Christmas Carol for the general public on Dec 7, 8, and 9th, The Public Theatre offers additional student matinee performances as part of its educational outreach programming at the affordable price of only $5 per ticket. This reduced ticket rate ticket is made possible by the generous support of foundations and local businesses.

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Tickets to The Public Theatre's Father/Daughter Valentine Ball are now on sale!

Posted on 11/26/2007 12:00am

Beginning Monday, Nov. 26th eager young girls and their dads can order their tickets for The Public Theatre's 12th annual Father/Daughter Valentine Ball. Forms for the Father/Daughter Valentine Ball will be available at The Public Theatre during Box Office hours of A Christmas Carol, or online at the www.thepublictheatre.org/special_events. The Public Theatre's box office is located at Lisbon and Maple St. in Lewiston. Box Office hours are 12-5pm Monday - Friday, and noon to curtain time on performance days.

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A Christmas Carol at The Public Theatre

Posted on 11/05/2007 12:00am

This holiday season, for one weekend only, Dec 7, 8, and 9th, The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn's Professional Theatre Company, will present their acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol followed by A Homespun Holiday. The Public Theatre's own version of Dickens' classic has become a yuletide tradition in Lewiston/Auburn. This inventive adaptation, performed by six actors and a fiddler, was developed at and written for The Public Theatre by Artistic Director Christopher Schario in 1993, and has since been published by Dramatists Play Service and is now regularly performed by various theatres around the world. "I received a phone call last year", says Schario, "from a theatre in Hawaii who wanted permission to broadcast their production of our adaptation on PBS! An even greater thrill was discovering that a company in London, England was going to be producing The Public Theatre's script, praising that they loved how our version honored the original intent of the story. Winning the 'stamp of approval' from a company in London was a nice affirmation."

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&quot;No Teacher Left Behind&quot; Night at <br />The Public Theatre

Posted on 09/21/2007 12:00am

All educators are invited to attend the Thursday Oct 18th 7pm preview performance of Almost, Maine for FREE! "It's our way of saying "THANKS", says Artistic Director Christopher Schario. "Teachers play a major role in helping us develop the theatergoers of tomorrow. Last season over 5,000 students attended a student matinee performance at The Public Theatre because teachers took an interest in our programming."

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Calling All Red Hats!

Posted on 09/10/2007 12:00am

Red Hats
PHOTO: (left to right) Red Hatters Rachel Pratt and Monette Valcourt get into the winter spirit with Artistic Director Christopher Schario in preparation for Almost, Maine, a romantic comedy about falling in love in Northern Maine.

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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."

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The Public Theatre voted &quot;Best Theatre Company&quot; for the FOURTH time!

Posted on 04/27/2007 12:00am

The Public Theatre, Lewiston-Auburn's Professional Theatre, was recently voted "Best Theatre Company" in the 2007 Portland Phoenix Readers' Poll. This is the fourth time this honor has gone to The Public Theatre. "It's really an affirmation of our standing among the professional theatres in Northern New England and an example of the broad reach the theatre has in Southern and Central Maine," says Public Theatre artistic director, Christopher Schario. Several years ago a reviewer wrote that The Public Theatre was getting the attention of "Northward looking Portlanders", and this award is proving this statement to be true. We take a tremendous amount of pride in the artistic excellence of our productions, and the deep and consistent support we get from Lewiston/Auburn and beyond. Being voted "Best Theatre Company" again, means that we are reaching a far wider audience than many people may have imagined."

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