THINGS TO DO IN ERIE, PA

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.

Getting Out
PACA Theatre, 1505 State Street, Floor 2, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
May 31, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm
June 1, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm

June 6, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm

June 7, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm

June 8, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm

June 14, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm

June 15, 2024 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm

June 16, 2024 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Getting Out

Arlene Horsclaw is out of prison, paroled after spending eight years following a murder conviction. Her eight years did not go easy, and Arlene spent much of her time in solitary confinement. As Arlene tries to adjust to life on the outside, memories of her criminal past "Arlie" force their way in. She remembers a vicious and angry child who killed frogs for fun and beat up other kids. But Arlie was also brutally abused by her father, and ran away with a pimp named Carl--what she saw as her only escape. Arlene, for the first time in eight years, has choices in front of her: Will she return to Carl? Will she allow former prison guard Bennie to stay and take care of her? Will she be alone forever? Getting Out, Marsha Norman's first professional play, is inspired by the playwright's time working with juvenile offenders, and creates a stark and heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of a woman trying to start over.

Upcoming Theatrical Productions

Long Day's Journey Into the Night
By Eugene O'Neil
Directed by J.D. Mizikowski
March 2024

Decision Height
By Meredith Dayna Levi
Directed by JR Fabin
April 2024

Getting Out
By Marsha Norman
Directed by Betsy Butoryak
May 2024

Special Events

Closer Than Ever
Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Directed by Craig Schneider
July 2024