2019 - 2020 Season
In choosing our season, we look for plays that speak from the heart; that are life-affirming and uplifting even when the subject matter is dark or painful; that use our language in powerful and provocative ways; that invite the audience to see their world in a new way. Artistic excellence is central to the mission of The Public Theatre.
by Lauren Gunderson
March 13 – 22, 2020
High school seniors Caroline and Anthony have more in common than they know. She’s a smart, cynical teenager. He’s an easy-going athlete with a love of waffle fries. Mysteriously forced together to complete a report on Walt Whitman, this unlikely duo discovers a shocking secret that will unite them forever. Funny, moving and unforgettable, this show contains a surprise twist that will tempt you to see it twice. Read more and get tickets >>
by Dan Clancy
Presented by Special License from GFour Productions
May 1 – 10, 2020
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.” A wonderful combination of comedy and drama, this relatable and heartfelt new play celebrates life through the eyes of two couples who’ve been friends for 33 years. Starting with their children’s first day of kindergarten, and continuing through shared dinners, vacations, heartbreaks and celebrations, both couples reminisce about the highs, lows and in-betweens of their shared experiences, and remind us how friends make the good times better and the hard times easier. See it with your friends. Read more and get tickets >>
by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
May 17, 2020
Student Matinees: May 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 – 2020
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Great family fun for ages 4 and up!
In this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. Meanwhile, a jealous Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town as they both vie for the affection of Katrina Van Tassel. Read more and get tickets >>
Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro | Music by Jimmy Roberts
June 17 – 28, 2020
An exciting co-production between Maine State Music Theatre and The Public Theatre! This hilarious musical looks at love in all its forms: dating, mating, marriage, parenthood and even pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. Filled with catchy, clever songs this witty, fun and insightful musical will leave you feeling, “This is my life!”. Written by Joe DiPietro author of Over the River and Through the Woods, The Last Romance and All Shook Up. Read more and get tickets >>
Earlier this season . . .
by Wendy MacLeod
October 18 – 27, 2019
It’s Sex and the City meets I Love Lucy when middle-aged single moms start dating! Longtime friends Liz, Mary and Jo do everything together, until Liz starts dating a creepy guy who may or may not be a serial killer. It’s up to her gal pals to bring her to her senses as they trade in their wine glasses for spy glasses and leap to her rescue. Grab the girls for this laugh out loud comedy about how ridiculously far we’ll go to help our friends. Read more >>
Book & Lyrics by Kellen Blair, Book & Music by Joe Kinosian
November 8 – 10, 2019
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Part MUSICAL, Part COMEDY, Part MYSTERY, ALL FUN!!!
It’s a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist. One actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the suspects, and they both play the piano! Get ready for a zany blend of musical comedy and madcap murder mystery in this fast and funny whodunit loaded with killer laughs. Read more >>
The Public Theatre presents Theater at Monmouth’s production from the 2019 Summer Repertory Season.
by Michele Riml
January 24 – February 2, 2020
After many years of marriage, three kids, the addition of love handles and receding hairlines, Alice and Henry have hit a wall. Armed with a library copy of Sex for Dummies, they check into a fancy hotel to rekindle their romance. Funny and touching, this comical and romantic romp will put a smile on your face, a lump in your throat and a new spring in your step. See it with someone you love. Read more and get tickets >>