UPDATED 12/6/2017


Keep the lights on at the Pennsylvania Playhouse!

The Playhouse has been part of the Lehigh Valley community for over 50 years bringing live community theater, children's theater programs, and original plays to our audiences. We produce six major productions each year, along with five children's theater camps and other special events.

We need to update our lighting system, so help us Light up the Playhouse by donating to our fundraising campaign. Help us keep the lights on live community theater in the Lehigh Valley. Thank you for your support and see you at the Playhouse for our 2018 season. 


Bring your phone or camera and have your photo taken with the Happy Elf’s “boss” – Santa Claus! Santa will be available in our lobby before every performance of “The Happy Elf”!
There is no charge for your “sELFie" with the big guy! 

Please remember photography or videotaping of our performance
of “The Happy Elf” is strictly prohibited.





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The Pennsylvania Playhouse is seeking a director for the play
“The Obituary I’m Dying to Write” by local playwright Lawrence B. Fox

Eight elderly residents of the county nursing home for the indigent discuss the drafting of their obituaries. Should the notices of their approaching deaths contain the same useless platitudes as are so often found in the newspapers? Perhaps these senior citizens might distinguish themselves by drafting their own individual obituaries with a focus upon a particular achievement or life-altering epiphany never before divulged. The audience becomes privy to some of these unique moments, after which the elderly residents share a reading of their final words on earth.

Performances are May 3 to 6, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Playhouse. Interested directors should submit a resume no later than Friday, December 15th to brettoliveira@icloud.com


Best of luck to all the playwrights who entered our Playwriting Competition!
We received over SIXTY ENTRIES from the United States and Canada!
The contest is now closed.
Watch for details about the winning production and next year's competition!



No Sex Please, We're British by Anthony Marriot and Alistair Foot
Performance dates February 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2018
When an assistant bank manager and his new bride send a mail order for Scandinavian glassware and receive Scandinavian pornography the two must content with a veritable flood of photographs, books, films and eventually girls!
DIRECTED BY Jan Labellarte Beatty

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Performance dates April 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2018
Set in Brooklyn, New York during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he deals with his family.
DIRECTED BY Rod Gilkeson

The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig
Performance dates June 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2018
The president of the Quail Valley Country Club is in a difficult position when the golfer he thought would play for his club is recruited by his by another club. Now the huge bet he had foolishly wagered is likely to be lost. Can he find a replacement for Justin to win the game, win the wager, and get his life in order?
DIRECTED BY George Miller

Crazy for You
Book by Ken Ludwig, Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Performance dates July 27, 28 and August 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2018
When stage-struck Bobby Child is sent to investigate a defaulted mortgage he falls for Polly Baker, a sweet and sturdy postmistress, whose father owns the decaying theater he has been sent to seize. With a light-hearted script and collection of beloved tunes of George and Ira Gershwin, Crazy For You is a delightful homage
to those optimistic musicals of the 1930s.
DIRECTED BY James Vivian

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shrevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performance dates September 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2018
Pseudolus, a slave in the house of Senex, realizes the best way to bargain for his freedom is to cater to the sexual-hungers of the men who yearn for the beautiful Philia (a virginal girl training as a courtesan) and maneuvers with resourcefulness and agility from the “chaste” to the “chase” with dizzying speed.
DIRECTED BY Lori Colacito

Tidings: A Fractured Christmas Fable
An original Christmas farce
Performance dates November 30 and December 1, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 2018
What happens when you combine elements of "A Christmas Carol", "Miracle On 34th Street", "It's A Wonderful Life" and other holiday classics? You wind up with a funny and fanciful holiday tale filled with angels, Santas, wicked store managers, ghosts
nd even a holiday romance!