PICT Classic Theatre has announced its 2020-2021 Season. Adapting to the limitations of COVID-19, PICT will present a collection of three plays beginning in March 2021 crossing three different artistic experiences, preceded by a stand-alone holiday event in December 2020.
“Though the theater doors have been closed and the ghostlights have been on, that does not mean the creativity and artistry of our incredible community has ceased,” said PICT General Operations Manager Catherine Kolos. PICT’s 24th season will feature two radio dramas, a streamed production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and a hopeful return to the stage with the regional premiere of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band.
A SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENT
In Winter 2020, PICT will present a beloved holiday classic in an exclusive audio experience: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. “Radio Drama is the best way to watch a play. The imagination knows no bounds; we are harnessing your imagination to add the sets, costumes, and create the world that our voices inhabit. What we provide you with is a wonderful story, very well told,” notes Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford. PICT’s A Christmas Carol will stream on Broadway OnDemand December 17, 2020-January 3, 2021 for a special event price of $13.95.
OUR 24TH SEASON OF SHOWS: RADIO, FILM, & STAGE
Kicking off the 24th season will be The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, a radio drama adapted by Stanford and appropriate for the entire family. To teach his children the principles of selflessness, arrogance, and love, Wilde composed three poignant tales that have transcended time to become a staple of classic storytelling. The Nightingale and the Rose, The Remarkable Rocket, and the ever-loved The Happy Prince will be recorded at WQED Studios and released in March 2021.
PICT’s early digital offerings will be augmented in late Spring with a fully staged production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, filmed at WQED Studios and streamed online in a video on demand format.
PICT will present Measure for Measure in a new trimmed-down version set in the 20th Century to bring the play into a clear and precise examination of the corrupting influence of power and to demonstrate that there is an eternal truth in what we have come to know as the Me Too movement: the ongoing fight to believe women who come forward with the truth, and the far-reaching consequences of misogyny and unchecked ego. Adapted and directed by Alan Stanford, this production will be streamed into homes in Spring 2021.
Should a safe return to live performances be permitted, PICT will close out the 24th season with a live presentation of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band. This will be the regional premiere of the 2018 revised script, which recently premiered on NETFLIX in late September.
Crowley’s The Boys in the Band celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and is considered one of the most influential plays in the canon along with Kramer’s The Normal Heart and Kushner’s Angels in America. Stephi Wild of BroadwayWorld.com noted that “a true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men’s lives onstage — unapologetically and without judgement – in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.” This relevant and thrilling American classic will be directed for the stage by Monteze Freeland and presented in late June 2021.
Subscriptions to PICT Classic Theatre’s 24th season will be available beginning November 30, 2020 at www.picttheatre.org. Individual ticket sales will begin in January 2021.
ABOUT PICT CLASSIC THEATRE
PICT Classic Theatre is an internationally recognized, non-profit theatre company committed presenting the highest quality productions for the widest audience. PICT productions feature innovative, minimalist design, and examine current social issues through the lens of classic text. With over 110 productions in their 24-year history, PICT continues to bring beloved works to the stage to approximately 10,000 patrons each season.