Posted on 09/19/2011 12:00am
The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, kicks off its 21st season with a dynamic selection of plays certain to satisfy anyone who loves high quality professional theatre. This season, travel around the world without leaving your seat, explore the landscape of love between men and women, experience the highly anticipated Maine premiere of a recent Tony Award winning play, and watch the stars of TV shine brightly onstage in a much loved story that takes place right here in Maine.
The season opens, Oct 14 - 23, with the epic comic adventure Around the World in 80 Days. Hold onto your seats for an amazing race around the world! Join Phileas Fogg and his faithful French servant as they face stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains in this breathtaking comic adventure. Danger, romance and surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show, as five actors portraying 39 characters travel seven continents in this delightful adaptation of one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. Perfect fun for audiences of all ages, The New York Times hailed this show as “fast-paced and smart enough to make sophisticated adults laugh out loud and shamelessly silly enough to keep children in the audience interested and entertained.” With The Public Theatre’s amazing Youth priced ticket of only $5 for children 18 and younger, it’s a great adventure for the entire family.
Next up in November is Down East Magazine’s humorist and blogger Susan Poulin in her delightful new show, The Moose in Me, The Moose in You, playing Nov 4-13. Move over Oprah! Maine’s funniest woman Ida LeClair, has found her “inner moose” and becomes a Certified Maine Life Guide. Offering helpful hints from A to Zumba, Ida’s gone from “Running with the Moose” to sharing the wisdom of their ways. Don’t miss this entertaining and uplifting motivational moose-terpiece guaranteed to make you smile.
The holiday season brings the return of The Public Theatre’s acclaimed and beloved adaptation of A Christmas Carol, playing Dec 9, 10, and 11th. 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 affordable tickets for children, 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.
The new year begins with the New England premiere of the charming and insightful new comedy The Language Archive, Jan 27-Feb 5. For anyone who has ever struggled with the language barrier between men and women, this thought-provoking and compassionate new comedy speaks volumes about the most universal, mysterious and insane language of all; the language of love. George is a brilliant linguist who can’t find the words to communicate with his own wife. Reston and his wife Alta are the last speakers of the most beautiful language on earth, but on their way to see George they have an argument and will now only speak in English, because English is the language of anger. Why is it so hard to communicate with the people we love the most? This wonderful new comedy explores our need to connect, our struggle to communicate, and our search to find the words for what lies in our hearts. See it with someone you love, or someone you wish loved you better. It’s the perfect pre-Valentine gift.
March 16-25th brings the highly anticipated Maine premiere of Red, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Electrifying and entertaining, Red offers a rare and thrilling glimpse into the mind and heart of a great artist (Mark Rothko) as he struggles to create a definitive piece of art. Whether you’re an artist, musician, writer, or person who lives your life with passion, Red is a love letter to the creative soul in each of us, and paints a breathtaking portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability.
Spring goes into full bloom when real life couple, Ellen Crawford and Mike Genovese (from NBC’s E.R.), star in the heartwarming and poignant comedy On Golden Pond, May 4 - 13. Having appeared together onstage at The Public Theatre in Love Letters, and separately in The Belle of Amherst and Orphans, this couple is certain to create theatrical magic once again in On Golden Pond. This award-winning story about a retired New England professor, his wife, and their summer in Maine is certain to delight loon lovers as well as snowbirds.
On May 20th, The Public Theatre ends its 2011-2012 season with a special production for children called Anansi, SPIDERMAN of Africa. Presented by the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre (the creators of last season’s delightful production of Jabberwocky), don’t miss this side-splitting selection of famous folktales from Africa. Anansi the Spider loves to eat and hates to work, so he tries to trick other animals out of their food. But there's no free lunch for this spiderman, because all of his schemes leave him hungrier than ever! These comical African folktales feature a dynamic blend of African design, infectious music and fabulous puppetry. Entertaining, educational, and perfect for children pre k - 4th grade, take advantage of the $5 Youth priced ticket and introduce a child to the magical world of theatre. Take an online peek at this great show at www.crabgrasspuppets.com.
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, the best professional actors form New York and across the country, and another exciting year of plays to look forward to, The Public Theatre remains committed to keeping Broadway-quality theatre accessible for everyone.
Season subscriptions are currently on sale, and 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.