2020 – 2021 Season

You’re probably wondering what’s happening at the theatre and when you’ll be able to see a play again. And the truth is, we are still figuring that out.

Our ability to produce live on stage will depend upon the cost of meeting CDC guidelines, gaining permission from Actors’ Equity and the financial considerations of performing for a limited sized audience. Your safety, and the safety of our actors and staff will always be our first consideration.

Rest assured, we will be back. We miss you and the joy of creating theatre for you, however given the current unknowns, we prefer to move forward conservatively and find ourselves delighted to be able to add programming rather than change plans that are unrealistically ambitious.

During this unexpected “intermission” we have been busy expanding our educational outreach programming.

    • We have been offering free virtual workshops in imagination building, language skills and character development that can be incorporated into all virtual/hybrid curricula. Our virtual teaching is getting rave reviews throughout the state and we have become an inspiring educational resource for teachers, students and home-schooling parents as we help keep the Arts alive in schools.
    • We expanded our partnership with local libraries and are now creating free videos of popular children’s books and offering our videos to all educators and libraries in Maine.
    • We have created a Virtual PLAY Club where our patrons read and discuss thought-provoking scripts with us.
    • We are currently in negotiations to bring you a wonderful video performance of I and You that we captured in front of a small live audience before we had to cancel the show in March.

We realize this is an unexpected way to begin a celebration of our 30th season, but we trust that our time apart will make our reunion with you all the sweeter.

In the meantime, we hope you will consider the impact the theatre makes in your life and consider a one-time or recurring donation of any size to help sustain us during this unprecedented time. We will continue to keep you posted on our reopening plans. Thank you for your support, and take good care of yourselves and each other.

2021 Virtual Valentine Ball

2021 Virtual Valentine Ball

The annual Father-Daughter Valentine Ball, which has sold out to more than 450 Lewiston/Auburn dads and daughters every year for the past 24 years, is reinventing itself in 2021 to continue the beloved tradition and provide a festive night of dancing, surprises, and...

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A Christmas Carol – A 27 Year Retrospective

A Christmas Carol – A 27 Year Retrospective

Since we’re currently unable to perform A Christmas Carol, we decided to make a series of three short videos sharing some fascinating footage and fun anecdotes from the past 27 years of performing our unique adaptation.

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Virtual PLAY Club

Virtual PLAY Club

​Do you miss theatre as much as we do? The Public Theatre is creating a PLAY Club (like a Book Club but we read plays) and we’re inviting you to join. Every year when we pick our season, we read tons of great plays that never appear on our stage (sometimes for a...

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2021 Virtual Valentine Ball

2021 Virtual Valentine Ball

The annual Father-Daughter Valentine Ball, which has sold out to more than 450 Lewiston/Auburn dads and daughters every year for the past 24 years, is reinventing itself in 2021 to continue the beloved tradition and provide a festive night of dancing, surprises, and fun for families. The 2021 VIRTUAL Father Daughter Valentine Ball will be held on...

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A Christmas Carol – A 27 Year Retrospective

A Christmas Carol – A 27 Year Retrospective

Since we’re currently unable to perform A Christmas Carol, we decided to make a series of three short videos sharing some fascinating footage and fun anecdotes from the past 27 years of performing our unique adaptation.

read more
Virtual PLAY Club

Virtual PLAY Club

​Do you miss theatre as much as we do? The Public Theatre is creating a PLAY Club (like a Book Club but we read plays) and we’re inviting you to join. Every year when we pick our season, we read tons of great plays that never appear on our stage (sometimes for a simple reason like the cast size is too big), so we thought it’d be fun to share some...

read more

Currently we’re putting our heads together to figure out ways to stay connected with you and the many children whose field trips to the theatre were cancelled. We look forward to creating new ways to serve you until we are able to welcome you back into the theatre for our upcoming 30th season.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, but we hope you will consider the impact the theatre makes in your life. Donations of of any size are appreciated.

Production History

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2020 – 2021 Season

You’re probably wondering what’s happening at the theatre and when you’ll be able to see a play again. And the truth is, we are still figuring that out. Our ability to produce live on stage will depend upon the cost of meeting CDC guidelines, gaining permission from...

2019 – 2020 Season

“Women in Jeopardy” and “Sexy Laundry” get our season off to a terrific start and we break our previous box office set by “Ripcord” with the hit “Sexy Laundry.”

2018 – 2019 Season

It’s a season for partnerships as Janet is reunited with old friend and scene partner, Paul Schoeffler, for A Doll’s House, Part 2 and we co-produce Grease with Maine State Music Theatre.

2017-2018 Season

Costumer designer Anne Collins designs and builds by herself four stunning period costumes for The Revolutionists.

2016 – 2017 Season

Playwright John Cariani joins us to rehearse Last Gas and offers final tweaks to the soon to be published script.

2015 – 2016 Season

Two-time Tony Award winning actress, Judith Ivey, directs the runaway box office smash, The Ladies Foursome.

2014 – 2015 Season

The Cocktail Hour brings real life couple Ellen Crawford and husband Mike Genovese from NBC’s E.R. back to our stage.

2013-2014 Season

In Moonlight and Magnolias the three characters were trapped in a room until they finished writing the script for Gone with the Wind with nothing to eat but . . .

2012-2013 Season

Janet directs The Hound of the Baskervilles and “silly” becomes her plan of action.

2011-2012 Season

Joel Leffert stars as the artist Mark Rothko in Red. He returns as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol the next season, and in Outside Mullingar in 2015.

2010-2011 Season

Producing the Off-Broadway hit, Animals out of Paper, we needed to fill our set with the highest level of origami possible, as two of the characters were an origami prodigy and his teacher.

2009-2010 Season

For Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde we went on a hunt for “scientific equipment” to fill Dr. Jekyll’s lab.

2008-2009 Season

Preparing for Secrets of a Soccer Mom, we went in search of an artificial grass lawn to put onstage.

2007-2008 Season

We perform Almost, Maine, the first of three productions of Maine playwright John Cariani’s plays that we will produce. John flies in to see it and quickly becomes our friend.

2006-2007 Season

The entire first act of Enchanted April was played in front of a curtain painted to look like the black and white newspaper ad. What was behind it?

2005-2006 Season

Deathtrap was set in the study of a mystery writer and the set required a wall filled with unusual weapons that he collected.

2004-2005 Season

After the final preview of The Woman in Black, we didn’t think the show was scary enough, so the next day we went back into rehearsal and added several new tricks.

2003-2004 Season

The 1950’s Cold War spoof Red Herring had one of our all-time favorite jokes: “How do you make a stiff drink? Feed him salty snacks.” . . .

2002-2003 Season

We opened our season with Art. One day during a design meeting we were discussing the various shades of gray the set might be. “Like the gray in Bart’s shirt” said someone at the table.

2001-2002 Season

When 9/11 happens we realize an actress we hired for the upcoming show Blithe Spirit lives in the World Trade Center neighborhood. It took us almost a week to locate her and find out she was okay.

2000-2001 Season

We open with The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged). The Portland Phoenix Reader’s Poll votes The Public Theatre “Best Theatre Company”.

1999-2000 Season

Dracula sells like wildfire. Multiple audience members showed up in capes and fangs. Are they really vampires? Who knows?

1998-1999 Season

In June, Ellen Crawford, Nurse Lydia Wright on the NBC hit E.R., returns to perform The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman show about American poet Emily Dickinson.

1997-1998 Season

That summer we audition David Harbour for the role of Evans in Terra Nova.

1996-1997 Season

Talented thirteen-year-old local actor Seth Schlotterbeck is cast as the younger brother in “Lost in Yonkers.”

1995-1996 Season

Janet discovers she is pregnant the day before rehearsals begin for the opening show of the season “Dancing at Lughnasa.”

1994-1995 Season

During a TV interview, the host of the show publicly laughs when we tell him the theatre has gone Equity, scoffing at the feasibility of a professional theatre surviving in Lewiston.

1993-1994 Season

Christopher is hired as the Artistic Director. He pays his own way from New York to Maine to interview for the job and becomes the only full-time paid staff position along with a part-time technical director who designs, and builds sets and lights for every show.

1992-1993 Season

The Public Theatre rents the Ritz theatre and volunteers from the entire community individually reupholster every seat in the house in time for the theatre’s opening performance of Scapin. The paint was still drying on the walls as the lights went down.

1991-1992 Season

Did you know that The Public Theatre’ first show, That Championship Season, was produced in a borrowed space in the Auburn mall?

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