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Public Theatre offers intimate evening with playwright, cast of “Last Gas”

Presque Isle native John Cariani is a Tony-nominated Broadway actor and successful playwright.

Would you like an exclusive chance to go behind the scenes with Broadway actor and playwright John Cariani and the cast of the upcoming production of his latest play, “Last Gas,” at The Public Theatre? This rare opportunity is available to 100 lucky people through a unique fundraising event that will take place at the theater on Wednesday, September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The evening will include complimentary wine, beer and nibbles, a chance to meet and mingle with other theater lovers, and private tours to parts of the theatre audiences never see. A question-and-answer session with playwright John Cariani and a chance to watch a piece of rehearsal as Director Janet Mitchko and the actors do their work will also be a part of the experience.

Originally a native of Presque Isle, John Cariani has found success as an actor and playwright. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” and, most recently, originated the role of Nigel Bottom in the Tony-nominated musical “Something Rotten!” He is currently in rehearsal for a new Off-Broadway musical at the Atlantic Theatre Company starring Tony Shalhoub.

Cariani is also a familiar face on television, having appeared on “Law & Order,” “Homeland” and in various commercials. As a playwright, he is the author of the plays “Love/Sick” and “Almost, Maine,” which has become one of the most produced plays in the country. His most recent play, “Last Gas,” opens at The Public Theatre in Lewiston on October 14.

Tickets to the event are $35 per person or $50 per couple. Admission will be limited to the first 100 responses. Personally autographed scripts of Last Gas will also be available for purchase at the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 782-3200 or see

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