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 of these great scripts with you and discover if you like them as much as we do.

Each month we’ll assign a play and meet on ZOOM to talk about it. We’ll meet three times and discuss three fabulous plays. Executive Artistic Director Christopher Schario will be the moderator and Professor Martin Andrucki of Bates College will provide insights and suggestions for discussion.

We will start the PLAY Club on Wednesday, October 28 with Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

Both Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 sessions are FULL.
If you are interested in future PLAY Club opportunities, please email us.

We recommend you sign up quickly as group size will be limited to ensure great conversations.

Space is limited!

Donations to support our PLAY Club are greatly appreciated. You will be able to return to this page following the payment process.

Registration

Please click the button and fill out the Zoom Registration. A phone number is required as an alternate contact method. Please answer the questions at the bottom of the form for each class registration.

All communications and links for the class will go to the email provided in the registration form.

  • You will need access to the internet, with audio and video capabilities.
  • You will need to install the Zoom client on your device. (helpful links about Zoom are at the bottom of this page)
  • All sessions have a limited enrollment.

For additional questions email info@thepublictheatre.org or call 207 782-2211

PLEASE NOTE: By actively participating in these Virtual classes, you will be asked to agree to the recording of your voice and/or image for possible inclusion on The Public Theatre’s website, YouTube channel and Social Media properties.

OCT 29 PLAY Club
FULL

Thursday, Oct 29 – Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

THIS SESSION IS FULL
If you are interested in future PLAY Club opportunities, please email us.
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Moderated by Christopher Schario
  • Discussion prompts from Martin Andrucki, Bates College Department of Theater and Rhetoric

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park is set in two different eras, with conversations happening in the same house fifty years apart.

Act One takes place in 1959, when a white couple unknowingly sells their home to the first black family in the neighborhood (the same neighborhood mentioned in A Raisin in the Sun) and their neighbors want them to stop the sale. In Act Two, it’s 2009, and the same property is being bought by a young white couple, and the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Excruciatingly funny, thought-provoking and squirm-inducing, there’s a reason this play won the Pulitzer Prize!

PLAY Club members will be responsible for acquiring and reading all scripts prior to each meeting.

Suggestions for purchasing Clybourne Park
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=clybourne+park+script&ref=nb_sb_noss
Dramatist Play Services: https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4484

Reading A Raisin in the Sun is optional.  We will provide a synopsis of the play prior to the meeting.

Once you sign up for the PLAY Club, we will send you the links for future meetings.
We have not set a schedule for the Jan/March meeting dates for this session.

At the end of the October meeting we will suggest four plays for the remaining two sessions. Those in attendance will vote on which two plays we will read for January and March.

 

Oct 28 PLAY Club
FULL

Wednesday, Oct 28 – Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

THIS SESSION IS FULL
If you are interested in future PLAY Club opportunities, please email us.
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Moderated by Christopher Schario
  • Discussion prompts from Martin Andrucki, Bates College Department of Theater and Rhetoric

The Wednesday Session will also meet on the following dates. Please reserve them on your calendar.
Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm TBA
Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  TBA

At the end of the October meeting we will suggest four plays for the remaining two sessions. Those in attendance will vote on which two plays we will read for January and March.

 

ZOOM - Getting started with Zoom

We will be using Zoom to host our Virtual Programming.  If you haven’t already used Zoom, the following information will help you get started.

You will need to install the Zoom client, but you do not need a Zoom account to participate in virtual sessions.

Getting started with Zoom

Where do I download the latest version of Zoom?
You can download the latest version of Zoom from their website Getting Started with Zoom.

Do you need an account to use Zoom?
A Zoom account is not required if you are strictly joining Zoom Meetings as a participant.

How do I use Zoom on my PC or Mac?
After downloading Zoom, learn how to use the Zoom Desktop Client.

How do I use Zoom on my phone or tablet?
We recommend using a PC or MAC for the session, but these devices will also work.
You can learn how to use the Zoom mobile clients here.

ZOOM - Joining a meeting

We will be using Zoom to host our Virtual Programming.  If you haven’t already used Zoom, the following information will help you get started.

You will need to install the Zoom client, but you do not need a Zoom account to participate in the Virtual Sessions.

Joining a meeting

How will I join the Zoom meeting?
You will join your camp session by clicking the meeting link in your confirmation email. Learn more about joining a meeting.

How do I join computer/device audio?
On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio settings. Learn more about connecting your audio.

Sustainability Sponsors

The Pay-What-You-Can Virtual Programming is made possible by the generous support of our Sustainability Sponsors.

The Public Theatre takes pride in recognizing our Sponsors. We seek to develop a partnership with local businesses working together for the enrichment of the Lewiston-Auburn area. The following businesses have continued to provide much needed support during our “intermission”. If you would like to see your company listed here, please contact us regarding sponsorship opportunities.