where Maine goes to laugh...
well one of the places anyway
where Maine goes to laugh...
well one of the places anyway
It has been a long long time since we last took the stage to make you laugh.
When the COVID pandemic first arrived we all figured this pesky booger would pass after a month or so. And here we are nearly a year-and-a-half later, still closed. Now with the delta variant showing up uninvited like that overly perfumed Aunt at Thanksgiving that hugs too long and too often, who knows what to expect next?
While we searched for a new performance home during this closure we also reserved a series of two-week blocks at another venue with the hopes that by this Fall we would be performing again, if not at our own digs, then at least at this other theater. But there was a small snag in that plan, because that venue is under the operational umbrella of a theatrical union that controls when they can rent to outside groups like us. And so far as I write this that permission has not been granted, we assume because of the COVID liability and safety concerns. And again, add this new strain of COVID in the mix and we just don't know when we'll be back up giving you the improv giggles.
We do think we may have located our possible new home. That space will likely be available to us beginning in early Spring of 2022. And so, for as much as it kills us to do this, you're just going to have to wait with us, be patient, and trust that once Maine Rep and The Chamber of Comedy does open again, that it will be well worth the wait.
If this other venue gets the green light to let the likes of us produce our shows in their space we will most assuredly revisit that possibility and weigh out all options that make the most sense for everyone involved.
Meanwhile, we invite you to enjoy our monthly Chamber of Comedy video updates, and we thank you for your continued patronage for as much as you are able during these uncertain times.
We appreciate you and can't wait for the day when we all can get together again for a night of laughs and good times
WITH HEARTFELT GRATITUDE…
We would like to thank the following individuals who have shown such generosity and faith in our work before this pandemic forced us to close many months ago. We feel extremely blessed for the help from our Maine Rep and Chamber of Comedy friends and family. If not for your financial aid or in-kind contributions during this down time Maine Repertory Theater and The Chamber of Comedy would be just a memory. But because of you, we still have a future.
Lois Samuels Doctor Harry Chamberlin Alan Burnette
Brenda Hoyt Brackman Dixie Squires Molly McGill
Sherry Corbeil David Hanright Pam Stevens
Melissa Suey Stephanie Wigginton Alyssa Hochheiser
Sarah S. Thompson Randy Hunt Ann Fisher
Lucy Brown Samuel Kuykendall Lulubell Anzalone
Andrew D’Angio White Lori Sukalas Cindy Kueck
Emily Judkins Kelly Thayer Bill Southwick
Dan Jackson Maureen Cain Ted Freeman
Joan Brochu Kathleen Burke Cordelia Lane
David Ciampa Jill Irving Mary Ellen White
Donald Wiggins Kelly Gunn Dorothy Mathes
Andrea Perry Anne Morin Kathyryn Letellier
Ian Hoyt Courtney Kurlanska Joe Pagano
Gail Krusec Jon Cofield Girth Spangley
Christine Leach Christine Madden Sean Murphy
Sandy and Joe Mekonis Dennis and Laura Hunt
Ottilie and Spiros Droggitis Nathan and Erin Greene
Joyce and Stan Sobus
Mike Israelson, General Courier
Deb Whitworth, HR Studio Group LLC
Jennifer Bourgeault, Collective Motion Arts Center
Bob LeBlanc, Balderdash Academy
Bob Letellier, RE/MAX
And the list keeps growing. May we add YOUR name next?D
Welcome to the Maine Repertory Theater website. We’re glad you stopped in, if even for just a bit.
Founded in 2018 by Steve Burnette and David Hanright Maine Repertory Theater is the region’s newest production company, presenting a variety of entertaining, thought-provoking, typically light-hearted productions; including improv, sketch comedy, mystery dinner theater, original radio shows, trivia nights, game shows, comedy festivals, published works, special events, and the occasional world premiere of an original script.
Maine Rep is dedicated to helping non-profits and others in need in our community, providing a number of benefit performances for various causes and individuals while also raising over one ton of food for the local food pantries through our Legacy Project's United We Weigh Foodraising Campaign.
What’s a show by The Chamber of Comedy about? Your guess is as good as ours as the area’s top improv comedy performers present a two-act evening of jaw-dropping, knee-slapping, beverage-spurting-through your nose original comedy, based on suggestions by you, our mostly lovely audience. Five or six of our ensemble of thirteen improv comedy masters perform on any given night, and since no two casts are ever alike, and no two audiences are ever alike, no two shows are ever alike, and that’s great, especially if our previous show stunk like a wet towel hidden under the front seat of a hot Buick in August.
With The Chamber of Comedy, every night is opening night!
The Chamber of Customized Comedy is a unique and exciting entertainment option, reaching out to corporations, fraternal organizations, small businesses, wedding parties, and non-profits for private, customized performances.
Ideal for any small-to-midsize group or organization looking for a fresh alternative to thank your fellow industry professionals, employees, their families, potential customers, or those just looking for an outside the box evening of laughter. Come to think of it, we're not such a bad idea for your next fundraiser as well.
We encourage our patrons attending any performance to bring with them a donation of non-perishable food items. At the end of each month we will deliver your donations to Seeds of Hope, right here in Biddeford. This program we like to call our United We Weigh Foodraising Campaign. Because of your generosity, Maine Rep collected and delivered over one ton of food in 2019 between the Biddeford Food Pantry and Saco Food Pantry.
Ever wanted to try your hand at improv comedy?
Looking for a class that can help with your shyness or public awkwardness?
Tired of reading these questions in italics?
LAUGH You is an affordable school for improv and sketch comedy creation and performance taught exclusively at Maine Rep.
Ninety-minute workshops are offered to three age groups, 7th and 8th graders, high school students, and adults. These small size groups will meet once a week for six weeks, then if interested and if requirements have been met students will have the option to advance to the next level after a brief break.
LAUGH You Student Progress Performance Nights for invited friends and family are offered following the completion of level two and level four, with a public performance presented at the completion of the entire program.
Given the current COVID-19 Virus outbreak we are reassessing when and where we will be offering our next session of classes. Please visit this section often or drop us an email requesting schedule updates as we have them available.