2023-24 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 challenging; 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.

2023-24 Season

Single tickets are now on sale for all shows.   Group Rates available. Read more about Groups >>

Cinderella | May 19, 2024

Cinderella

by Tanglewood Marionettes

May 19, 2024
Student Matinees: May 20-24 Read more about Student Matinees >>

*sold separately from subscriptions

Tanglewood Marionettes’ award winning production of Cinderella is a classic fairy tale told with wit and style, sure to please audiences of all ages.

Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, the story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal a beautifully painted village square, rustic kitchen, magnificent ballroom, plus many more settings.

All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the silly stepsisters and the charming Prince, and yet we offer a few surprises. Cinderella’s conveyance to the ball is NOT the traditional horse-drawn coach, and, when all hope seems lost, a clever little bluebird saves the day!

Don’t miss this magical classic told in a way you’ve never seen before.

Running time: 45 minutes

Appropriate for children 4 and up.

Scott Moreau in Late and Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash | Jul 13-14

Late and Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash

performed by Scott Moreau

July 13, 2024 at 7:30 pm
July 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm

*sold separately from subscriptions

Maine performer Scott Moreau presents an unforgettable, one-man tribute to Johnny Cash. This dynamic performance features “The Man in Black’s” greatest hits as well as in-depth stories from nearly 50 years of Cash’s musical life, including his iconic epitaph, Hurt.

Running time: 90 minutes

Get ready for our 2024-25 Season!

Subscriptions On-Sale Now Read more about Subscriptions >>
Group Rates available. Read more about Groups >>
Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2024.

Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors | Oct 11-27, 2024

DRACULA: A Comedy of Terrors

by Gordon Greenberg & Steve Rose

Oct 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19*, 20 – added dates – Oct 24, 25, 26, 27 – 2024
Thurs & Fri @ 7:00 pm / Sat @ 3:00 pm / Sun @ 2pm, Sat, Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

You’ll scream with laughter at this hilarious Off-Broadway comedy that goes for the jocular! Packed with witty wordplay, pop culture references, and a nod to Mel Brooks and Rocky Horror, five actors sink their teeth into dozens of roles in this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud reimagining of this gothic classic perfect for audiences of all blood types. Get ready for fang-tastic fun! 

Every Brilliant Thing | Jan 24 - Feb 2, 2025

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Jan 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Feb 1*, 2 – 2025
Thurs & Fri @ 7:00 pm / Sat @ 3:00 pm / Sun @ 2pm, Sat, Feb 1 @ 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

You’re six years old. Dad tells you mom’s in the hospital because she “finds it hard to be happy”, so you start writing her a list of all the brilliant things in life worth living for. No. 1: “Ice cream”, No. 6: “Rollercoasters”, No. 517: “The even numbered Star Trek films”. The list grows longer as you grow older, helping you focus on the large and small miracles of life. Hilarious and heart-wrenching, this critically-acclaimed, life-affirming Off-Broadway hit, told with the help of the audience, is a unique theatrical experience you will never forget being a part of. 

Halfway There | March 14-23, 2025

Halfway There

by Norm Foster

Mar 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22*, 23 – 2025
Thurs & Fri @ 7:00 pm / Sat @ 3:00 pm / Sun @ 2pm, Sat, Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia – especially when four lovable ladies meet every day for coffee and a gab fest at the local diner. When a young doctor comes to town and takes an interest in the youngest of the women, he must undergo a grilling by her three middle-aged wise-cracking friends. Imagine And Just Like That meets Steel Magnolias in this delightful celebration of the unshakeable bonds of female friendship. Filled to the brim with humor and heart, it’s the perfect “date night” or “girls’ night out”! 

Now and Then | May 2-11, 2025

Now and Then

by Sean Grennan

May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10*, 11 – 2025
Thurs & Fri @ 7:00 pm / Sat @ 3:00 pm / Sun @ 2pm, Sat, May 10 @ 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

They say there are no “do-overs” in life, but if you could get one, would you take it?  A young bartender and his girlfriend receive an intriguing proposition from a mysterious last-minute customer who offers them $2,000 to sit and talk with him    for an hour. What follows is a humorous and emotional time-warp full of unexpected life lessons, laughter and romance. Don’t miss this inventive and heartfelt romantic comedy about following your dreams and the consequences of our choices.

Our 2023-24 Season to date

Paint Night | Oct 20-29, 2023

Paint Night

by Carey Crim

A great Girl’s Night Out.  Grab the women you love and GO!

October 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 – 2023

A world premiere! Imagine Steel Magnolias with modern day issues, as six women get together for a much-needed girls’ night out. The plan is to eat, drink and create works of art at a local Paint and Sip night studio while celebrating a bride to be. But as the alcohol flows, so do their thoughts about motherhood and womanhood, and their carefully curated lives get hilariously and heartbreakingly real. Paint Night is about the powerful way women support each other in an unpredictable world and what happens when we put down our cellphones, truly connect, and paint outside the lines of our comfort zone.

My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories | Nov 10-12, 2023

My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories

by John Ahlin, performed by Jean Tafler

November 10, 11, 12 – 2023
*Sold separately from Subscriptions

Spend a delightful and spellbinding time with Margaret Hamilton, whose Wicked Witch of the West left an indelible mark on all of us. Take a trip down memory lane from her home in Boothbay Harbor as she shares entertaining stories from her long career, including ones from The Wizard of Oz.

A Christmas Carol | Dec 8-10, 2023

A Christmas Carol

adapted by Christopher Schario

December 8, 9, 10 – 2023
*Sold separately from subscriptions

This beloved Lewiston/Auburn holiday tradition returns to The Public Theatre! Six actors and a fiddler perform the Dickens out of this beloved holiday classic—in a way you’ve never imagined and will never forget. Children 18 and under only $15!

Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help | Jan 26 - Feb 4

Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

by Katie Forgette

January 26, 27, 28 & February 1, 2, 3, 4 – 2024

Whether you grew up Catholic or lived through the 1970s, this nostalgic new comedy is for you! It’s 1973 and the O’Shea family faces a crisis of biblical proportions when their 19-year-old daughter tells her younger sister about “the birds and the bees” and is overheard by the parish priest! Holy hell and hilarity break loose as the O’Shea’s band together and prove that nothing is more sacred than family. Get ready for heartfelt laughter and lots of polyester!

Secret Hour | March 15-24

Secret Hour

by Jenny Stafford

March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 – 2024

For fun, a married couple invents a game where they confess unflattering truths about themselves and promise to love each other anyway. But is being truthful the same thing as being true to oneself? Thankfully, they have a wise and hilarious handyman with a life coach certificate to help them answer this question. Entertaining, humorous, poignant, and thoughtful, you’ll be talking about this provocative new play all the way home.

Lunenburg | May 3-12 A perfect mix of Mystery, Comedy, and Romance

Lunenburg

by Norm Foster

May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 – 2024

It’s the perfect combination of mystery, comedy, and romance! When Iris’ husband is unexpectedly killed in a plane crash, her lawyer reveals she has inherited a beautiful home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – that she never knew existed! Setting out with her best friend from her home in Brunswick, Maine, she begins a laugh-filled and poignant road trip North to unravel the mystery of her husband’s secret life.

Season Underwriters

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
WOXO | WIGY
Platz Associates
Sun Journal
Shubert Foundation

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