20-21 Season

2020-2021

Penobscot Theatre Company is thrilled to enter our 47th season of theatre!

The Mainstage Shows

MAYTAG VIRGIN by Audrey Cefaly (September 10-27, 2020) An award-winning, character-driven play, peopled with quirky yet recognizable characters. When Jack moves into a house next to Lizzy they find that they have as many things in common as they do differences, and a relationship that begins as a neighborly friendship becomes an unexpected journey of self-discovery and healing. Maytag Virgin is a ra- diant gem of light, full of delightful humor and evocative language. Rachel Burttram (Ugly Lies the Bone) and Brendan Powers (August: Osage County, Our Town, Annie) will star. A Maine Premiere! 

“Maytag Virgin is a witty and earnest meditation on how people connect even when they feel they’re not ready…” – DC Theatre Scene 

 

Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS adapted by Ken Ludwig (October 15 – November 8, 2020) Just after midnight, the exotic Orient Express is hurtling down the tracks – to a murder! An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the per- fect mystery for the dapper detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Glamorous, romantic and hilarious, this new adapta- tion of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece by two-time Tony®-nominated playwright and farce master Ken Ludwig takes you on a suspenseful, highly entertaining thrill ride. Book your passage today! Directed and designed by Tricia A. Hobbs. 

“A funny, fast-paced thrill ride…” – The Hartford Courant 

 

SHEAR MADNESS by Paul Pörtner (January 21 – February 14, 2021) The longest-running play in the history of American theatre returns to the Penobscot Theatre Company stage after 2018’s sold-out run. Shear Madness combines madcap improvisation with a spine-tingling mystery that you help solve. The story unfolds at a hairstyling salon where, between a shampoo and a style, a murder is committed. You spot the clues, question the subjects and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of fake crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again for more madness! Starring Dominick Varney, Amy Roeder, Brad LaBree, Alek Sayers, Jen Shepard and Tony Larkin. Directed by Scott Levy. Back by Popular Demand! “…a high camp show, full of double entendres, physical comedy and unexpected twists… delightful!” – Bangor Daily News 

 

BECOMING DR. RUTH by Mark St. Germain (March 11-28, 2021) A compelling and humorous look at the incredible journey of pioneering radio and television sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Playwright Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates the remarkable untold story and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth.” Starring Jen Shepard. A Maine Premiere! 

“Convincingly and humorously conveys Westheimer’s surprising dignity, courage, and resilience.” -The New Yorker 

 

BRIGHT STAR music, book and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (April 22 – May 16, 2021) Inspired by a true story, Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from war, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past, and what she finds has the power to transform both their lives. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful. Directed and choreographed by Dominick Varney. A Maine Premiere! 

“Instantly grabs your heart.” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune 

THE ADD-ONS

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HOLIDAY PRODUCTIONS 

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play Original Lyrics, Music & Arrangements by Jon Lorenz (December 3 – 27, 2020) Join the studio audience at WPTC for a star-studded musical adaptation of this beloved holiday classic. When a depart- ment store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court; But when the be- lief of a little girl makes all the difference, the result is nothing short of miraculous. Adapted from the original 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast and paired with live Foley effects, localized jingles and an original, musical score, this perennial Christmas favorite is sure to melt the most cynical of hearts. A MAINE PREMIERE! 

“A Christmas show that reminds even the Scrooge-iest soul how rewarding holiday theater can be.” – San Diego Union Tribune FLEXPASS USE? YES 

 

Who’s Holiday! by Matthew Lombardo (December 10 – 27, 2020) It’s Christmas Eve and the now 40-year-old Cindy Lou Who lives in her shoddy trailer home on Mount Crumpit, former hideout of the infamous Grinch. While she awaits her Christmas party guests, she regales listeners with the bizarre jour- ney her life has taken since that fateful night in Whoville when a certain Grinch tried to steal Christmas. This hysterical and wild parody is a must-see for mischievous ADULT theatre-goers this holiday season! Performances in 51 Main Street location. 45 seats only! Subscribers first! Starring Jen Shepard (Becoming Dr. Ruth, Don’t Dress for Dinner, A Kick in Your Dickens). ADULTS ONLY! 

“A raunchy riff on Dr Seuss’s yuletide tale… a holiday offering that dirties up Christmas while ultimately reveling in its spirit.” – New York Times

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SUMMER 2021 

9 to 5, The Musical Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Book by Patricia Resnick (June 10—July 11, 2021) Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the rolodex era is outrageous, thought provoking, and even a little romantic! When three female co-workers are pushed to the boiling point, they concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy by giving their boss the boot and their workplace a make- over, all while taking control of the company that has always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she? 

“Nothing gets the comic juices flowing like a workplace revenge fantasy.” -Los Angeles Times FLEXPASS USE? NO 

 

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