AUBURN — Auburn Public Theater is hoping for an early Christmas present.

The downtown theater is awaiting word from the state on a $600,000 Consolidated Funding Application it submitted earlier this year. The state will make the announcement at its regional economic development council awards ceremony sometime this month. And for theater Executive Director Carey Eidel and Artistic Director Angela Daddabbo, that announcement can’t come soon enough.

That’s because the $600,000 would support the next expansion of Eidel and Daddabbo’s theater: Café Einstein.

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