Next up at The Playhouse is:


Directed by Carrie Beleno

George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars, are performing Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in a repertory theatre in Buffalo, NY when they receive word that Frank Capra is coming to see their matinee; their one last chance at regaining stardom.

FEB 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Call our Box Office at 610-865-6665 or order your tickets online today!



The Pennsylvania Playhouse is now accepting applications for a director for the premier of local playwright Larry Fox’s latest play, “Maxwell Offers Some Comments At His Funeral”

Please include a resume, a brief description of your directing experience, any past experiences with the Playhouse and any other relevant information. Submissions and any questions can be sent to and must be received by February 2nd.

SHOW DESCRIPTION: Old Attorney Finkel has finally died, but don’t close the coffin lid just yet… Finkel has a few parting observations for those attending his funeral parlor viewing.

SHOW DATES: October 18-20, 2019

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Book a Trip!

Planning a getaway? Set up your vacation with Chip Rohrbach from Never Grow Up Vacations! When you do, mention the PA Playhouse and they will donate $50 in your name to our non-profit theatre organization!


Meet Our Board For 2019   

PRESIDENT - JOanne Kelhart

Vice President - Gary Boyer

Treasurer - Lawrence B. Fox

Recording Secretary - Tracy Damiani

Production - James Vivian

Development - Ian Gilkeson

Building and Grounds - John Corl

Technical - Brett Oliveira

Publicity - Taylor Van Kooten

Front of House Coordinator - Vanessa Ruggiero

Education - Joey Schubert




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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