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.  Executive Artistic Director Christopher Schario will be the moderator and Professor Martin Andrucki of Bates College will provide insights and suggestions for discussion.

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

If, after signing up for the second session, you find yourself unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so your spot can be filled with our waiting list.

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.

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.

More information about Zoom registration.

  • 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

Register for Jan 27 PLAY Club

Wednesday, Jan 27 – Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz

  • 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 date. Please reserve it on your calendar.
Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi

Other Desert Cities: description

Other Desert Cities : When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ California mansion on Christmas Eve with a tell-all manuscript of her family in tow, she unearths a devastating family secret—throwing her Reagan Republican parents into a panic that threatens to rip the clan apart. Seeking support from her brother (a reality TV show producer) and her mother’s sister (a liberal just out of rehab) she draws a line in the sand, insisting the memoir be published, whether her family continues to embrace her or not. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities was called “the best new play on Broadway” by The New York Times. “… Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here. Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating, charming and just possibly heroic…leaves you feeling both moved and gratifyingly sated.” —NY Times

Here is the link to purchase the script at Dramatists Play Service:
https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4386

Here’s the link to purchase the script at Amazon link:
https://www.amazon.com/Other-Desert-Cities-Robin-Baitz/dp/0802145655/ 

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

Register for Jan 28 PLAY Club

Thursday, Jan 28 – This by Melissa James Gibson

  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Moderated by Christopher Schario
  • Discussion prompts from Martin Andrucki, Bates College Department of Theater and Rhetoric

The Thursday Session will also meet on the following date. Please reserve it on your calendar.
Thursday, March 25, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi

This: description

This: A witty, yet somewhat melancholy comedy, this modern tale of life and love, letting go and moving on was called, “the best new Off-Broadway play” by The New York Times. A group of well-educated middle-aged friends grapple with infidelity, grieving, parenting, and the meaning of life.

Jane’s husband died over a year ago, but his ashes are still sitting on top of her fridge. Struggling to raise her young daughter alone, Jane isn’t really okay. Her “couple” friends try to cheer her up with party games and blind dates but they’re desperate for fun themselves, as they juggle a sleep-deprived new baby and a relationship strained to the breaking point. Her other wisecracking wine-drinking gay friend also offers help with his unique memory skill, while a sexy, French Doctor-Without-Borders incites temptation – and perspective.

“These confused but lovable characters are drawn with a fine focus and a piercing emotional depth; the dialogue sparkles with exchanges as truthful as they are clever; and…the play’s delicate pace, richly patterned wordplay and undercurrent of rue combine to cast a moving spell that lingers in the memory, like a sad-sweet pop song whose chorus you can’t shake.” —NY Times.

Here is the link to purchase the script at Dramatists Play Service:
https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4198

Here’s the link to purchase the script at Amazon link: “This” and Other Plays – anthology containing additional works.
https://www.amazon.com/Other-Plays-Melissa-James-Gibson/dp/1559363797

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.