Professional Theatre For Maine

The Public Theatre named “Best Theatre” by Down East Readers

Posted on 07/12/2013 12:00am

Lewiston, Maine - The Public Theatre, located in downtown Lewiston, was named Best Theatre in this year’s Best of Maine Down East issue. Down East readers and editors selected their statewide favorites this year and The Public Theatre was the top choice for theatre in Maine, making it a destination for theater lovers across the state.

“This is a huge honor”, says Artistic Director Christopher Schario, “both for The Public Theatre and Lewiston/Auburn. We’re very proud the theatre was acknowledged in this way and that we’ve been given this opportunity to shine a positive spotlight on our community. Over 40% of The Public Theatre’s annual audience of 16,000 comes from beyond Androscoggin County, and I believe this award demonstrates the theatre’s impact and contribution to the cultural life in Maine.”

The Public Theatre is a professional Equity theatre dedicated to producing Broadway quality theatre for the people in Maine at an affordable price. Featuring a top ticket price of only $20, and a $5 ticket for anyone under 18, The Public Theatre produces an exciting selection of contemporary plays every October through May, featuring the finest professional actors from New York City to Los Angeles.

“We offer our audiences a high artistic quality at an affordable ticket price”, says Schario, “and I believe this award is our audience’s way of saying thank you.”

“Maine is such a special place for so many people,” said Down East Editor in Chief Paul Doiron. “Whether you’re a native or have been visiting for years, everyone has a Maine favorite. The ‘Best of’ awards are the perfect way to celebrate these well-loved people, places and more, and the results might introduce you to another Maine gem!”

The full list of “Best of Maine” winners appears in the July issue of Down East. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St. in Lewiston, Maine. For more information regarding their upcoming season of shows, visit or call 782-3200.

Photo: The Public Theatre's Executive/Artistic Director, Christopher Schario, and Co-Artistic Director, Janet Mitchko accept the Readers' Choice Best Theatre Award from Down East Editor in Chief Paul Doiron.