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The Public Theatre named “Best Theatre in Maine” by Down East readers’ poll

Posted on 07/08/2014 12:15pm by Jennifer Madigan

For the second year in a row, thousands of people throughout the state of Maine have voted The Public Theatre in Lewiston to be the “Best Theatre in Maine” in the Down East Magazine readers’ poll. Down East editor-in-chief, Kathleen Fleury says, “To be included in this list selected by the readers of Down East or the editorial team means that you truly are part of what makes Maine so great.  Our readers and team take the task of selecting the “Best Of” very seriously.  It really is an honor.”  

 “Winning this award two years in a row is a great victory for us, as well as for Lewiston/Auburn”, said Artistic Director Christopher Schario, who also acknowledged another Lewiston business, The Vault, on their award for “Best Wine Store”.  “We’re located a few blocks away from each other on Lisbon Street in downtown Lewiston, and I think this award is indicative of the exciting and positive things happening in our community.”

Celebrating its 24th season, 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 youth ticket price of $5 for anyone 18 and younger, The Public Theatre produces the most recent and exciting plays from Broadway and Off-Broadway featuring the finest professional actors from New York to Los Angeles every October thru May.

Praised for their selection of uplifting and provocative contemporary theatre, The Public Theatre’s upcoming season will include the Maine premiere of the Tony Award winning play Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, Pulitzer Prize winning author John Patrick Shanley’s latest Broadway hit Outside Mullingar, A.R Gurney’s popular play The Cocktail Hour featuring Ellen Crawford and Mike Genovese from NBC’s E.R, and Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Sunshine Boys. Special productions will include their acclaimed version of A Christmas Carol and Maine humorist Susan Poulin’s latest show, I Married an Alien.  For more information on The Public Theatre visit or call 782-3200.

The full list of “Best of Maine” winners appears in the July issue of Down East Magazine.

Photo: The Public Theatre's Executive/Artistic Director, Christopher Schario, with Down East Editor in Chief Kathleen Fleury, and Paige Holmes, Development Director of The Public Theatre, at the 2014 Down East Best Of Maine reception. - photo by Down East Magazine.