Plays, concerts, dance performances, art exhibitions, workshops, classes, and more...the arts live at PACA. From modern classics to contemporary hits, to works by local playwrights, PACA is Erie's home for theatre with an edge.

PACA not only produces our own events but we also act as a host venue for other organization's artistic endeavors. By opening our doors and sharing our resources we give these groups the ability to present their work in a professional and exciting atmosphere.

Upcoming Events at PACA

52 Pickup
1505 State Street, Floor 2, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
December 6, 2019 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
December 7, 2019 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
52 Pickup

"A funny musical about a very bad day."

52 Pickup, a new one-woman show written and performed by Katie Nixon, explores the coping process after trauma. Through the lens of a sexual assault, the main character goes through the stages of grief with her trauma while trying piece her life together in hopes to function normally again. Original text, music, and choreography come together to show how trauma affects social interactions, the body, and brain.

There is some very brief and painless audience participation along with new songs for piano and guitar jam sessions. Funny, hopeful, and emotional, this play portrays a journey that finds beauty from pain. Be ready for those laughs because Nixon uses humor to show that there is no singular way of dealing with trauma. Join Nixon for a night of laughing, crying, and healing.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival awarded Nixon with the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for 52 Pickup in 2019.

Doors: 7:30pm | Curtain: 8:00pm | $15 Admission | BYOB w/ ID


Ghost Light

"Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, PACA is dark for the rest of March and for what we can foresee much of April as well.

The Ghost Light keeps us safe. It keeps the ghosts happy. And it extends a message of hope.

The theater may be dark for the moment. But know full well, the darkness will not last.

Eventually the lights will come back up. The actors will beat the boards. The audience will come and be entertained. The show must, and will, go on.

To all of us sheltering from our current dilemma, spend this time preparing for when the lights shine again. Love the ones you love. Do good work. The darkness is only temporary."

- Mark Tanenbaum, Executive Director

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