Posted on 09/22/2015 5:00pm by Jennifer Madigan
The Public Theatre Celebrates it’s 25th Season!
The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre is set to begin its 25th season! Following its recent win of “Best Theatre in Maine” for the third year in a row in Down East Magazine’s readers’ poll, The Public Theatre is offering an entertaining and exciting selection of plays certain to satisfy theatre-lovers across the state.
The Public Theatre will officially open its 25th season with a heart-pounding new adaptation of the classic thriller, Wait Until Dark, running Oct 16th – 25th. Imagine the suspense of Hitchcock and the fun of an amusement park ride, when a blind, yet capable woman finds herself unknowingly in danger when a group of con-men enter her apartment. Can she outmaneuver her tormentors by turning her disability to her advantage? For people who remember the classic film based on the original version of the play starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, there will be some exciting unexpected twists in this new adaptation to keep you in suspense. The Public Theatre policy will require you to pay for your entire seat, even though you’ll only be using the edge.
November brings the sound of laughter to The Public Theatre when the one-man comedy hit Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – Live! arrives Nov 6th – 8th. Direct from its Off-Broadway run, this hilarious one-man-comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book by John Gray explores the dynamics between men and women from dating to mating to marriage. Prepare for knowing glances, elbow nudges and a great date night.
The holiday season heralds the return of The Public Theatre’s acclaimed and beloved adaptation of A Christmas Carol, playing Dec 11, 12, and 13th. Created by, for and at The Public Theatre, this delightful adaptation has since been published and performed by theatres around the world, and is now 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. Banish your humbug and come see this classic story told in a way you’ve never imagined, and will never forget. This year, actor Michael O’Brien, one of the original cast members from the very first production of A Christmas Carol at The Public Theatre, will be returning to the show in the title role of Scrooge.
Then, chase away those winter blues with the snappy new comedy The Ladies Foursome, playing Jan 22 – 31. The East Coast premiere of this hole-in-one comedy will be directed by two-time Tony Award winning actress, Judith Ivey, also a familiar face on television as a regular on Will and Grace and Designing Women. Imagine Sex and the City on a golf course, when four smart, sassy women talk about love, sex, work and children, as they celebrate the bonds of friendship that link women together.
As our desire for spring grows, it’s perfectly matched with a humorous and heartbreaking story about how we desperately want and fear change called, What Rhymes with America, playing March 11–20. 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 recent Off-Broadway hit.
The (hopeful) warmth of spring continues with the delightful family comedy Crossing Delancey, playing May 6-15.Who needs match.com when your grandmother has hired a matchmaker! 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. But will Sam, the neighborhood pickle man, be the kind of guy a girl has in mind? Adapted into a popular movie starring Amy Irving, Crossing Delancey will touch the heart of any grandparent or grandchild who sees it.
The Public Theatre will end its 2015-2016 season with a special production for children called African Adventure Tales, presented by The Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on May 22 at 2pm. Special Student Matinee performances will be held throughout the week of May 23 – 25 for school groups and homeschoolers in grades pre-K thru 4. With The Public Theatre’s Youth price of only $5 to any show in the season for anyone 18 and younger, it’s easy to introduce a child to the magical world of theatre.
Special student matinee performances for school groups are available for most shows throughout the season. Over the past 25 seasons, more than 100,000 students have seen a show at The Public Theatre. Reservations for student matinees are required in advance and information can be found at www.thepublictheatre.org.
New this year, The Public Theatre will launch WINE-DOWN Thursdays, a free pre-show wine-tasting starting at 6:30pm before its Thursday performances. It will also be offered for the Friday, Nov 6th performance of Mars/Venus.
The Public Theatre's PLAY PAL program continues for its second season. The PLAY PAL program connects solo theatre-goers with other solo theatre-lovers when they attend a 3pm Saturday matinee performance. PLAY PAL members will be seated together and identified to each other making it easy to make a new friend at The Public Theatre. They also receive a free concession item, encouraging them to meet and mingle during intermission. Membership in The Public Theatre’s PLAY PAL program is free with the only requirement being that you are a solo-theatre-goer. Members can choose to see one play or every play in the season and the shows you attend are up to you.
Twenty-five years ago, 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 $20 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 show times visit www.thepublictheatre.org or call 782-3200. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St. in downtown Lewiston.
The Public Theatre 2015-16 Season Underwriters: Platz Associates, Sun Journal, Austin Associates, Gleason Media Services and Maine Magazine.