Next up at The Playhouse is:


Directed by James A. Vivian

The New Gershwin Musical!
Stage Struck New Yorker falls for a sturdy postmistress whose father owns the decaying theater he was sent to seize. A delightful homage to the Musicals of the 1930's.

Call our Box Office at 610-865-6665 or click on the tickets link below!

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 Original Playwright Competition:

Giving Up The Ghosts

A play by Arnold Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A DIRECTOR FOR THIS PRODUCTION.  Show dates are October 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th 2018.  The cast consists of 3 men and 2 women.  1 setting.


Ralph, mid-thirties

BABS, early thirties, RALPH's sister

MARGARET, mid-forties, marine biologist

WILLIAM, mid-forties, a plumbing contractor, MARGARET's husband

MAN'S VOICE, mid-fifties

Interested directors can send resumes, address any questions or get further information by emailing brettoliveira@icloud.com.  The deadline for Director submissions is June 10th. 

  On Halloween night, 1974, Ralph, diffident scion of a wealthy Chicago family with a troubled past, receives a visit at his Lakeshore Drive condo from his impetuous sister Babs. Fuming over her husband’s infidelity, Babs finds Ralph brooding over a recent visit from their malevolent father, who had incestuously abused the two as children. After an evening of too much champagne, Babs and Ralph “awaken” to find that they have died—apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning. In a sequence of brief scenes they gradually discover that they are fated to haunt the condo indefinitely, materializing only on Halloween of each year; their responses run the gamut from denial to anger to despair, and give the condo a forbidding reputation. Finally, after some twenty years (and one act), the key to the ghosts’ release from purgatorial bondage appears when the latest of the condo’s owners—Margaret and William—arrive from the suburbs struggling with an unhappy mystery of their own. In a sequence of events that is funny and chilling by turns, the troubled spirits and the flesh-and-blood couple improbably unite their efforts to help free each other from the dark secrets of the past and some unexpected horrors of the present. 3 men, 2 women; one setting.

More production details to follow!  This original play will be staged October 25th - 28th.  Check back for audition details and more information.

The Playhouse wishes to thank everyone who submitted a play!  We had many fantastic submissions this year!


The community theater, known today as Pennsylvania Playhouse, presently located on Illicks Mill Road in the City of Bethlehem, was incorporated in 1946. Prior to that date, its beginnings took its form from Plays and Players in 1926, Bethlehem Civic Theater in 1938 and in the 40's as the Drawing Room Theater. In 1963 the theater became part of the Bethlehem Redevelopment Project and its building on Old York Road had to be demolished. The City of Bethlehem made land on Illicks Mill Road available to the group on a 99 year $1.00 lease. A fund raising drive was launched. In May 1965, ground was broken and in October of the same year, the new 180 seat theater opened its first production under the new name of Pennsylvania Playhouse.

The theater grew and prospered in its new location until December 31, 1974 when a fire destroyed the stage, auditorium, costumes, scenery and electrical equipment. Continued Playhouse operation was made possible by Northampton County Area Community College's generous offer to let the Playhouse use its South Campus Theater. The college's stage was used for the next three productions of the 1975 season while the Illicks Mill Road structure was rebuilt, eliminating the former proscenium stage and adopting the thrust type stage patrons of the Pennsylvania Playhouse still enjoy today. In 1977 a 2,500 square foot addition was built with funds raised through public subscription and proceeds from continuously successful productions. In 1999, the Pennsylvania Playhouse increased the comfort level for their patrons by gutting the auditorium and installing new seats and carpeting throughout.

The Pennsylvania Playhouse has survived all of these years on its box office revenues, with occasional public subscriptions to meet major emergencies. It has never depended on grants or subsidies. Pennsylvania Playhouse is a nonprofit organization, opened to everyone, and operated entirely by dedicated volunteers