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RELEASE ON OR AFTER AUGUST 15, 2012
“SCANDAL” TAKES CENTER STAGE IN PICT’s 2013 SEASON
Tolstoy and Beethoven, a sexy new look at Don Juan, a unique collaboration with The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the return of Oscar Wilde, Martin McDonagh, and the Victorian crime-fighting duo of Holmes and Watson!
Pittsburgh, PA – August 15, 2012. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre packs its seventeenth year of theatrical excellence with an exciting flurry of productions running from April through September, concluding with a special end-of-year performance for the holidays. The season includes three exciting Pittsburgh premieres, a brilliant reimagining of a rarely performed classic in its American premier, a stylish new production of what George Bernard Shaw called “Oscar Wilde’s best play,” and the exciting return of the world’s most famous detective and his sidekick in an all-new mystery thriller suitable for the entire family.
PICT opens its new season with two Pittsburgh premiers; award-winning Polish play Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek and Irish playwright Nancy Harris’ brilliant new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, itself inspired by the music of Beethoven. We follow the new with a pair of seldom seen classics; Oscar Wilde’s wonderfully suspenseful Lady Windermere’s Fan (in a new production by PICT Resident Director Alan Stanford) and Duncan Macmillan’s hilariously surreal new adaptation of German playwright Odon Von Horvath’s Don Juan Comes Back from the War, seen at PICT in its American premier. Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) returns to the PICT stage in September with the graveyard humor of A Skull in Connemara and actors David Whalen and Martin Giles return in December as Holmes and Watson in Paul Giovanni’s thriller Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood.
PICT launches its season next April with the Pittsburgh premier of Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s Our Class, in a new English version by Ryan Craig. Presented in association with The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, the play is inspired by the award-winning book Neighbors by Jan Gross. In 2010, the play was awarded Poland’s highest literary prize, the NIKE Award. This was the very first time this prestigious prize had ever been awarded for the writing of a play.
Our Class portrays a group of school children, Jewish and Catholic, who openly declare their ambitions: one to be a film star, one a pilot, another a doctor. They are learning their ABC’s. This is Poland, 1925. As the children grow up, their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet and then Nazi. Internal grievances deepen as fervent nationalism develops; friends betray each other; violence escalates until these ordinary people carry out an extraordinary and monstrous act that darkly resonates to this day. Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek confronts his country’s involvement in the atrocities of the last century and follows the one-time classmates – amidst the weddings, parades, births, deaths, emigrations and reconciliations – into the next. Our Class, directed by PICT Producing Artistic Director Andrew Paul, plays April 10 through May 4, 2013 in the Henry Heymann Theatre.
The Kreutzer Sonata
The allure of tales told in transit is as ancient and enduring as Homer. This allure is exploited with deliciously old-fashioned verve in Nancy Harris’ The Kreutzer Sonata, an extraordinary new play that began at London’s intimate Gate Theatre and went on to take London and New York by storm. Adapted from the novella by Leo Tolstoy, the drama takes its title from Beethoven’s oft-performed sonata for piano and violin. Seven-time DORA (Canada’s Tony) award-winning actor Richard McMillan returns to PICT to portray Pozdynyshev, our traveling companion, who tells us he hears music all the time. Make no mistake, though. This music is being performed by people of flesh and blood, which for Pozdynyshev is the problem. His best friend is a violinist and his wife plays the piano. And as he puts it, “play is exactly what she did.”
Nancy Harris is a young writer from Dublin who lives in London. Her first full-length original commission No Romance opened at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin in February 2011 to rave reviews with The Sunday Independent reporting “safe to say that we are witnessing the ‘emergence’ of a major talent”. It has since won her the Stewart Parker New Playwright Bursary 2012 and been nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn award and Best New Drama at the Irish Theatre Awards 2012. Her free adaptation of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata had a second run at The Gate, London in January 2012 ahead of another critically acclaimed production at La Mama, New York in March. A translation of the play was also produced at the Gesher Theatre, Tel Aviv, last year. The Kreutzer Sonata features the music of Beethoven, performed live on-stage by members of the company. It will be performed May 30-June 22, 2013 in the Henry Heymann Theatre.
Lady Windermere’s Fan
George Bernard Shaw, not one for lashing out compliments, always considered Lady Windermere’s Fan to be Oscar Wilde’s best play. For many years, because of its simple and accessible construction, it was considered his best play by many. The play has a sense of romance, a kind of melancholy romance, because it depicts a world that we know will end. Set in the drawing rooms of high society, the play is a delightfully funny yet honest look at the strict rules governing the upper class — and the considerable consequences of breaking those rules. Suspecting her husband of infidelity with Mrs. Erlynne, a woman of ill-repute, Lady Windermere decides to strike back at him with her own unfaithfulness. An unlikely rescuer prevents her from committing this act, saving her from the deed and its damage to her reputation.
Irish director Alan Stanford (Salome), widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the plays of Wilde, returns to PICT with an elegant new production of this major work, the last of Wilde’s major plays to reach our stage. He has boldly pushed the play’s setting to the Second World War era, enhancing the play’s innate sexuality without sacrificing any of the author’s trademark wit. PICT company member Nike Doukas (Betrayal, An Ideal Husband, Ivanov) returns in the plum role of the disreputable Mrs. Erlynne. Lady Windermere’s Fan plays July 11-27, 2013 in The Charity Randall Theatre.
Don Juan Comes Back from the War
‘Don Giovanni’ it ain’t! In August, David Whalen (Ivanov) returns to PICT to portray the world’s greatest lover in Duncan Macmillan’s scalding and hilarious new version of Odon Von Horvath’s Don Juan Comes Back from the War. Black-eyed and middle-aged, this Don Juan is back from the Great War and he’s got some catching up to do. Berlin is crumbling, but after years of abstinence, the Don is ready for more of the debauchery that once made his name. Amidst political and economic upheaval, Don Juan finds himself increasingly at odds with the man he used to be. Is this notorious lothario about to experience a change of heart?
Odon Von Horvath’s plays include Tales from the Vienna Woods, Judgment Day, and Faith, Hope, and Charity. Choosing to stay in Germany and document the rise of National Socialism, his work was violently repressed by the Third Reich, and many of his masterpieces including Don Juan Comes Back from the War were never performed until after his death.
Duncan Macmillan was formerly the Writer-in-residence at Paines Plough, the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. He is the winner of two Bruntwood Playwriting Awards, The Old Vic Big Ambition Award, and a Pearson Residency Award. His other plays include Lungs, Monster, and The Most Humane Way to Kill a Lobster. Don Juan Comes Back from the War was developed in conjunction with the National Theatre Studio.
PICT will produce the American premier of Duncan Macmillan’s surreal new version of Don Juan Comes Back from the War, which premiered earlier this year at London’s Finborough Theatre. The Irish playwright Thomas Kilroy defines the art of adaptation as “a sort of privileged conversation with the author.” Macmillan has conversed with Von Horvath, retained his essence and created a parable for our times. This Don Juan could be returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. He is shell-shocked and damaged, crippled by an economy in recession and seeking love and redemption. Macmillan’s adaptation restores the luster to an oft-overlooked masterpiece. Don Juan Comes Back from the War, directed by PICT Producing Artistic Director Andrew Paul, plays August 8-31, 2013 in the Henry Heymann Theatre.
A Skull in Connemara
PICT’s long association with the plays of Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) continues next September with the Pittsburgh premier of A Skull in Connemara, the last of his Irish-set plays to be performed in Pittsburgh. For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery, to make way for the new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his own late wife, strange rumors regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years ago gradually begin to resurface.
Martin McDonagh’s plays include the Tony Award-winning Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lietenant of Inishmore, and A Behanding in Spokane. His films include In Bruges. A Skull in Connemara, which brings new meaning to the term ‘graveyard humor’, plays September 11-28, 2013 in The Charity Randall Theatre.
Sherlock Holmes & the Crucifer of Blood
PICT’s celebrated 2011 production of The Mask of Moriarty by Hugh Leonard was the company’s highest grossing production in the theatre’s 16 year history. Company stalwarts David Whalen and Martin Giles return to their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson next December in Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood, by Paul Giovanni.
Two murders and a treasure chest filled with jewels lead to a blood oath and an uncanny mystery that the master detective must solve before more fall victim. Amid fog-shrouded London, Holmes and Watson confront danger and an ingenious villain intent on making a curse come true. This exotic and thrilling mystery driven by greed, deceit, and murder takes us from exotic India to Baker Street to spooky Pondicherry Lodge in Maidenhead to a Limehouse opium den to a boat chase on the Thames and finally back to Baker Street for a surprise denouement.
Whalen’s previous PICT credits include the title role in Ivanov, Julius Caesar, Stuff Happens (2007 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year), and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (also at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis – 2008 Kevin Kline Award, Best Actor).
Giles’ previous PICT credits include Ivanov, Afterplay, House and Garden, The Gigli Concert (2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year), Uncle Vanya, St. Nicholas, and What the Butler Saw.
Directed by PICT Resident Director Alan Stanford and recommended for teens and adults, Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood plays December 4-21, 2013 in The Charity Randall Theatre.
Changes to Ticket Purchasing at PICT
With the dissolution of ProArts Ticketing, PICT will be changing the way patrons buy subscriptions and season tickets. The 2013 season subscriptions will go on sale August 15, 2012, and can be purchased by contacting Carolyn Ludwig at 412.561.6000 x.207, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the PICT website at www.picttheatre.org.
PICT receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as funding from the Allegheny County Regional Assets District and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, phone 412.561.6000 or visit the PICT website at www.picttheatre.org.
The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, and performs in The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres from April through December in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre 2013 Season Fact Sheet
All performances in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, in an English version by Ryan Craig
Directed by Andrew Paul
Henry Heymann Theatre
April 10-May 4, 2013
(10 a.m. Student Matinees on April 10, 16, and 23)
The Kreutzer Sonata by Nancy Harris (Based upon the novella by Leo Tolstoy)
Henry Heymann Theatre
May 30- June 22, 2013
(10 a.m. student matinee on June 4, 2013)
Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
July 11-27, 2013
Don Juan Comes Back from the War by Odon Von Horvath
In a new English version by Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Andrew S. Paul
Henry Heymann Theatre
August 8-31, 2013
A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh
The Charity Randall Theatre
September 11-28, 2013
(10 a.m. student matinees on September 11 and September 17, 2013)
Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood by Paul Giovanni
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
December 4-21, 2013
(10 a.m. student matinees December 4 and 10, 2013)
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