BLITHE SPIRIT, WAITING FOR GODOT & More Set for PICT Theatre's 2014 Season
PICT Theatre (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) packs its eighteenth year of classic favorites and pure Irish genius, a return to its original mission under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford. The selection of plays all fit the theme, "Something Wicked This Way Comes," a line taken from the fifth show of the season.
BLITHE SPIRIT - MAY 1-17, 2014 - THE CHARITY RANDALL THEATRE
PICT launches its season next May with Noel Coward's immensely popular comedy Blithe Spirit. This play made its Pittsburgh premiere at the Nixon Theatre in 1942 and was produced again in 1943, and then the Pittsburgh Playhouse produced it in 1945, but since then, there have been no professional productions of this comic gem in Pittsburgh. The story is simple: after a séance gone bad, Charles Condomine is disturbed to find that he now has two wives occupying his home- one of which is his late wife, Elvira. Blithe Spirit playfully mocks the traditions of love and marriage through the machinations of spiritual folly and the fight between a wife living, a wife dead and the haunted husband stuck between them. Even the grim reaper has no rest. A darkly amusing comedy, Blithe Spirit will be directed by PICT Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford.
WAITING FOR GODOT - JUNE 4-21, 2014 - THE CHARITY RANDALL THEATRE
Though PICT produced BeckettFest in 2006, the company only offered a staged reading of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. In October of that same year, Alan Stanford starred as Pozzo in the Gate Theatre Dublin's touring production at the Byham. PICT is finally producing this work as the second production of the 2014 season. Waiting for Godot, considered by many to be one of most influential plays ever written. Of this play, Alan Stanford notes, " Two men waiting on a road for someone who never arrives. Two other men on a journey that seems to have no purpose or end. In this simple tragic-comedy, Beckett has captured all life - the waiting and the journeying." Aoife Spillane-Hinks, who directed PICT's 2013 season opener Our Class will return to PICT to direct.
WOMAN AND SCARECROW - JULY 10-AUGUST 20, 2014, THE Henry Heymann THEATRE
First performed at The Royal Court Theatre in London and subsequently presented at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Woman and Scarecrow is Marina Carr's perfect play about the last moments of a woman's life. With great beauty and with clear Irish wit and wonder, this play tells the story of a life that was lived and the joy and sadness that comes that comes at journey's end. The woman of the title is surrounded by colorful characters including her husband, her Auntie, her strange companion- and not forgetting the 'thing' in the closet. A wickedly wonderful plot for the adventurous spirit. Directed by Alan Stanford and starring Nike Doukas and Karen Baum,
OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME - SEPTEMBER 4-20, 2014, THE CHARITY RANDALL THEATRE
Almost legendary in Irish Theatre, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme was written in the height of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. It was one of the few plays from the Irish Republic which addressed the traditions and sense of Uster-ness of the Northern Protestants. Set during the First World War, the play follows a group of new recruits to the British army from basic training to the night before the Battle of the Somme where over 50,000 British troops died on the first day. Most of the Ulster contingent were killed in the first onslaught. Award-winning Irish playwright Frank McGuinness gives us a play which brilliantly demonstrates duty, loyalty, friendship, and above all, the effect of war on men. PICT's production marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.
MACBETH - OCTOBER 8-25, 2014 - THE CHARITY RANDALL THEATRE
One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, Macbeth chronicles the lust for power and the enticements that fate can offer. Macbeth, of all Shakespeare's heroes, is the one on whom temptation and vanity wreak their most terrible revenge. He is the victim of his own delusions and of his own blind ambition. This is a play with no sub-plot. No deviations. No overtly intellectual debate. It is a play of action, power and passion. And there are three wicked witches! Alan Stanford will direct.