PICT Presents Pittsburgh Premiere of SIVE

On May 4th, PICT Classic Theatre will conclude its 2016-2017 Season at Union Project with John B. Keane's tragic romance, SIVE.

SIVE tells the folk culture story of star crossed lovers, set against the backdrop of the 1950's in County Kerry, Ireland, where the rolling hills and thatch-roofed cottages illustrate both the simplicity and difficulty of everyday life. The title "Sive" refers to the name of a young County Kerry girl who is sold and married off to an old and decrepit man for two hundred pounds in order to ease the burdens of her family's poverty-stricken existence.

Playwright John B. Keane brings his signature Irish wit and charm to the piece, which Pittsburgh audiences may recall from PICT's sold out and critically acclaimed 2015 production of SHARON'S GRAVE, also by Keane. PICT's upcoming production of SIVE will be a Pittsburgh premiere, directed by Alan Stanford, and featuring Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015 Performer of the Year, James FitzGerald as matchmaker Thomasheen Sean Rua, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 Performer of the Year, Martin Giles in the role of Pats Babcock.

SIVE will the last of five plays produced by PICT in its 2016-2017 season at Union Project, located at 801 Negley Avenue in Highland Park. PICT Classic Theatre has partnered with Union Project in support of the organization's mission of bridging gaps between communities through art. The season has included critically acclaimed productions of SHIRLEY VALENTINE, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE LION IN WINTER, and OEDIPUS REX, upon a stage especially crafted for a theatrical experience within Union Project.

SIVE performs May 4th through 20th, 2017 with tickets available at www.picttheatre.org or by calling the PICT Ticket Office at 412-561-6000. Student and senior discounts available. An opening night celebration will be held at Union Project following the Saturday, May 6th performance.

The Cast

Sharon Brady Nanna Glavin

Karen Baum Mena Glavin

Michael Fuller Mike Glavin

James FitzGerald Thomasheen Sean Rua

Charles David Richards Sean Dota

Martin Giles Pats Bobcock

Alex Noble Cathalawn

Tom Driscoll Liam Scuab

Cassidy Adkins Sive

About Alan Stanford

Alan Stanford (Artistic & Executive Director) is in his ninth season at PICT. He was, for more than thirty years, a principal and leading actor with the renowned Gate Theatre, Dublin, where he recently directed a box office record breaking production of The Constant Wife, and previously Pride and Prejudice, which was taken to the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February 2015. He founded Ireland's Second Age Theatre Company. PICT credits: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, For the Tree to Drop, Great Expectations, Macbeth, Woman and Scarecrow, Macbeth, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Blithe Spirit, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Lady Windermere's Fan, and The Kreutzer Sonata. Other credits: The School for Scandal (Point Park Conservatory), works by Shakespeare, Molière, Noël Coward, Oscar Wilde, Shaw, Beckett, and Brecht.

About Union Project

Union Project is a historic space that community restored maintained; the space was transformed as a creative solution to provide a safe and open space for the community. Union Project has come a long way since 2001, but its work still centers on the transformative power of the arts. Union Project believes that art can create change, and help to build a more inclusive, empathetic, and just community.

About PICT Classic Theatre

PICT Classic Theatre is committed to the creation of high-quality, professional thought-provoking theatre of substance. PICT accomplishes its mission by investing in and promoting the greater Pittsburgh community. PICT is the only professional company within the Pittsburgh region dedicated solely to presenting classics and the "modern" classics of Irish and world theater.

WHERE: Union Project, 801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206.

WHEN: May 4th through 20th, 2017. Opening night celebration May 6th.

TICKETS: $15 - $50, www.picttheatre.org, 412-561-6000.

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