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Public Theatre named “Best Theatre in Maine”


Co-Artistic Directors Christopher Schario and Janet Mitchko accept the award at Down East Magazine’s recent “Best of Maine” banquet.

For the fourth year in a row, thousands of people throughout the state have voted The Public Theatre in Lewiston “Best Theatre in Maine” in the annual Down East Magazine readers’ poll. Co-Artistic Directors Christopher Schario and Janet Mitchko picked up the award recently at a banquet held in Portland to celebrate the 2016 “Best of Maine” winners.

“Winning this award four years in a row is a great victory for us and for Lewiston-Auburn,” said Schario. “To be selected by the readers of Down East Magazine means that you truly are a part of what makes Maine great. It really is an honor.”

Nationally recognized for its artistic excellence, The Public Theatre is a professional Equity theatre with a mission to produce Broadway-quality theatre that is financially accessible to the general public of Maine. Featuring a top ticket price of only $20 and a youth ticket price of $5 for those ages 18 and younger, The Public Theatre produces an exciting selection of uplifting and provocative contemporary theatre from Broadway and Off-Broadway, featuring the finest professional actors from New York to Los Angeles, every October through May.

The Public Theatre’s upcoming season features a variety of exciting new plays, including three New England premieres. The 2016-17 season will open in October with the latest version of “Last Gas,” a sweet and thought-provoking comedy about love and last chances in Northern Maine by Tony Award nominee and Maine native John Cariani, author of “Almost, Maine.” November will feature national headlining comedians Jim Colliton and Karen Morgan, who was a runner-up for Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America,” performing in “Lawn and Disorder,” a hilarious comedy about married life. Delighting families for the holidays will be Public Theatre’s acclaimed, original version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” January will bring Michael Hollinger’s new play “Under the Skin,” a funny and thought-provoking look at the complicated relationship between parents and their children. March will feature hip romantic comedy “Wrong for Each Other,” written by Norm Foster, author of last season’s record-breaking production “The Ladies Foursome.” The season will close in May with “Ripcord,” a recent off-Broadway hit comedy about two widows waging war for the most desirable room in a retirement home, by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, author of “Fuddy Meers” and “Good People.”

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