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Review: A play from Poland potently explores a homegrown war atrocity.

Wladek cares for Marianna. Photo by Suellen Fitzsimmons.

Pittsburgh City Paper: by Ted Hoover In 1941, in the Polish village of Jedwabne, a large group of Jewish residents were locked in a barn and burned alive … and 70 years later, those are the only facts everyone agrees on. In post-war occupied Poland, the “official” version was that Nazis carried out the murder… Read more »

Good Neighbors/Bad Neighbors FREE Panel Discussion

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  **PICT Theatre hosts noted Princeton Historian Jan Gross**   ***Former U.S. Ambassador & Post-Gazette columnist Dan Simpson to moderate Good Neighbors/Bad Neighbors Panel Discussion***   Pittsburgh, PA – April 25, 2013. In conjunction with its production of Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s Our Class, PICT Theatre has coordinated a panel discussion that includes noted historian Jan T…. Read more »

Review: PICT’s ‘Our Class,’ an important play about WWII mass murder of Jews in Poland

Our Class Cast - Post Gazette

By Bob Hoover / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek asks a lot from the cast of “Our Class” as well as the audience. Initially, these demands are the engaging ones of challenging theater; eventually they change to the burdens of an endurance exercise where drama has given way to routine documentary. True, “Our Class” is historical theater… Read more »

Review: ‘Our Class’ deftly tells stark story, leaves judgment to viewer

Katya Stepanova, Our Class, photo by Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Alice T. Carter Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m. Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 As Vice President Joe Biden recently observed: “All politics is personal.” That’s true whether it’s something as minor as your municipality’s decision about repaving your street or as monumental as which group rules your country or someone else’s. Examples as… Read more »

But What Could I Do? Riveting “Our Class” Opens PICT Season

Our Class was reviewed by RovingPittsburgher Reporter Joyce Kane for Roving But What Could I Do? The Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s (PICT) production of “Our Class” is a riveting and relentless story that has at its fundamental core the theme of man’s inhumanity to man.  As emotionally draining as the play is for the… Read more »

Preview: Dublin-based director answers 11th-hour call to direct ‘Our Class’

Our Class Cast - photo by Larry Roberts, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Many curious eyes will be on the first production of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s season, and not just because “Our Class” is inspired by a fact-based piece of Holocaust-era horror. The play was chosen and cast by company co-founder Andrew Paul, who was to direct before he was fired last… Read more »

Controversial “Our Class” Opens PICT’s Season

Katya Stepanova and cast, photo by Stephanie Strasburg

By Alice T. Carter Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:01 p.m. Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 [photo by Stephanie Strasburg] A contemporary play by a Polish playwright that’s set in Poland might seem a curious choice to launch the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre‘s 2013 season. Director Aiofe (pronounced E-fa) Spillane-Hinks acknowledges that “Our Class” is… Read more »

City Paper Spotlight: Our Class

SPOTLIGHT: Thu., April 11 — Stage On July 10, 1941, half the inhabitants of the Nazi-occupied Polish town of Jedwabne were massacred by their neighbors. Most of the dead were burned alive in a barn, and all of them were Jews; the killers were Catholics. Jan Gross’s 2000 book about the atrocity, Neighbors, drew challenges… Read more »

PICT Theatre Announces Full Company for Our Class

**Irish-American Aoife Spillane-Hinks will direct** ***Post-Gazette’s Breakout Performer of 2012 Vera Varlamov returns to PICT*** Pittsburgh, PA – March 12, 2013.  PICT Theatre (aka Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) announces the full cast for Our Class, the powerful Nike award-winning play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek and translated by Ryan Craig. Irish-American Aoife Spillane-Hinks will direct. Our Class opens with a… Read more »

PICT board lays out changes, hires temp director

By Alice Carter | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Two days after firing producing artistic director Andrew S. Paul, the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre board is moving ahead with changes. The board has appointed actor and director Alan Stanford to serve as interim producing artistic director and Paul’s directing slots are being filled with new directors. The decision to… Read more »