Opening Jan. 26: “The Old Settler”

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LEWISTON – All educators are invited to attend a free preview performance of “The Old Settler” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Public Theatre.

Besides the opportunity teachers will have to see “The Old Settler,” The Public Theatre’s education committee will also present a discussion at intermission about the many ways Maine Learning results can be applied to their experience seeing a play at The Public Theatre.

Set against the backdrop of Harlem in 1943, “The Old Settler” tells the story of two middle-aged sisters who bring a young male roomer into their lives to help pay the rent. A mix of comedy and drama, this refreshingly old-fashioned play explores the bond between sisters, as well as the joys and heartache of an unexpected May-December romance.

Interested educators should call 782-2211 and RSVP their name and the number of people attending; or go online to info@thepublictheatre.org.

Last season, more than 5,000 students attended a student matinee performance at The Public Theatre, at a cost of $5 per ticket. This reduced ticket rate ticket is made possible courtesy of local businesses and foundations. Students are given the opportunity to attend quality Equity productions featuring professional actors from New York and New England, as well as post-show discussions lead by the actors and the director.

Free detailed study guides prepared by Professor Martin Andrucki of Bates College are available in advance of each production, in addition to a Maine Learning Results Guide listing the educational objectives met with each production.

For more information, visit The Public Theatre’s Web site at www.thepublictheatre.org.

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