PICT EDUCATES: ONLINE
INTERACTIVE WEBINAR SERIES
The ghostlight may be lit, but classic theater is alive at PICT! We are proud to bring you LIVE, interactive, online lectures every Friday at 2pm, streaming right into your home and illuminating the world of classic theater beyond the stage. Registration and participation is free!
PICT Educates is sustained through the generosity of our donors. Please consider supporting our onstage and online endeavors with a donation through our website.
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Our 2021 Webinar series will stream live every Friday at 2pm to our YouTube Channel.
HENRIK IBSEN: The Man From the Far North
A Conversation with Martin Giles & Alan Stanford
April 30, 2021 | 2pm ET
GHOST IN THE PLAY
Hosted By Alan Stanford
April 23, 2021
HAMLET IN HIS OWN WORDS
A Four Part Series with Alan Stanford
March 26-April 16, 2021
MARCH 26 | Part 1: All Those Soliloquies | Watch Here
APRIL 2 | Part 2: Hamlet & His Mother | Watch Here
APRIL 9 | Part 3: Those We Hold Close | Watch Here
APRIL 16 | Part 4: What King is This | Watch Here
PLAYING THE ALLEY
With Scenic Designer Johnmichael Bohach
March 19, 2021
THE EVOLUTION OF THE STAGE
The History of Theatrical Spaces with Alan Stanford
March 12, 2021
BUILDING THE PICTURE
Direction & Scenic Design with Alan Stanford
March 5, 2021
SAMUEL BECKETT: Fun & Games
Hosted By Hazel Carr Leroy and Alan Stanford
February 19 & 26, 2021
OSCAR WILDE & THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Hosted By Alan Stanford
February 5 & 12, 2021
JOHN B. KEANE: SON OF COUNTY KERRY
January 29, 2021 | Hosted by Aoife Spillane-Hinks
THE JOY OF FARCE
January 22, 2021 | Hosted by Alan Stanford
JULIUS CAESAR: THE POLITICS OF POWER
January 15, 2021 | Hosted by Alan Stanford
2020 Webinar Series:
THE WORLDS OF CHARLES DICKENS
December 11, 2020 | 2pm
OUR FINAL WEBINAR OF 2020! Tolstoy thought Charles Dickens to be “the greatest of all storytellers.” His classic novels, including David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol have not only delighted readers for more than 150 years, but have also stood the test of time as commentaries on social justice.
And in addition to his undoubted skill as a writer, Dickens was a remarkable and gifted performer, traveling the world as a reader of his own works. This week we will examine his writing, not only as works of entertainment, but also the effect they had on social and political thinking in the Victorian period both in Britain and abroad. Join host Alan Stanford as we close out 2020 in this exciting 60-minute program. This webinar is appropriate for all ages.
December 4, 2020
As one of the oldest art forms, it is no surprise that the theater has gathered its own array of odd practices and myths. What is a ghostlight? Why should you avoid whistling backstage? Why do we only refer to Macbeth as “The Scottish Play?”
Anatomy of a Shakespeare Play: TWELFTH NIGHT
November 20 & 27, 2020
William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as an entertainment to be performed on that particular post-Christmas celebration, probably in 1602. But the play has nothing to do with the title. The subtitle – What You Will – tells us that the play is in fact a tale of unrequited love, and how we suffer for and by such feelings. Being a comedy, it is full of fun and laughter; being written by Shakespeare, much of that laughter is cruel and much of the love, deeply questionable. Join us in examining the manner in which Shakespeare tells us this tale and the lessons that it teaches us.
This series is generously sponsored by HEPATICA Florists. Learn more at Hepaticapgh.com
NOEL COWARD: Wit & Words
November 13, 2020
Noel Coward is known best for being the playwright who celebrated the English Middle Class with wit and charm in some of the finest comedies ever written, but he was so much more. A master of the English language and one of the finest of satirical lyricists, Coward easily matched his American counterpart Cole Porter. Join Alan Stanford as we discover the genius of Coward the lies just under the surface. This webinar is appropriate for all ages and graciously sponsored by W. Patrick Brady.
THE CRAFT OF CRITIQUE: An Interview with Sharon Eberson
November 6, 2020
Over the past 25 weeks, we have analyzed the plays and playwrights that populate the world of classic theatre. This week we’ll examine the art of analysis in journalism and the craft of theatre critque.
We are thrilled to welcome celebrated Pittsburgh theatre critic and Sharon Eberson to share with us stories from her 40-year career at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and passion for the arts in Pittsburgh
Sharon Eberson’s 40-years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette began when she arrived from NYC, at age 22, as the first female sports writer at a Pittsburgh newspaper. She was a reporter, editor and designer in sports before becoming the newspaper’s Sunday Magazine editor and then Arts & Entertainment editor. When the Internet came along, she continued to write while facilitating online projects. For the past eight years, she has been the PG’s main theater critic, as well as an arts and pop culture reporter and editor. She won a 2020 Golden Quill Award (Western PA and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia) for her interactive presentation “I am the blues,” about August Wilson and his relationship to the blues. In 2019, she took second place in the new category “Diversity” for the statewide Keystone Awards, for stories about the arts.
October 23 & 30, 2020 | 2pm
“From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, Lord deliver us…”
Tales of horror that we thrill to read and which excite our darkest fears. Join us for two 60-minute lectures exploring the thrilling world of gothic horror – just the thing to prepare us for the delights and terrors of Halloween. Each lecture is FREE and appropriate for ages 12+.
This webinar graciously sponsored in the memory of Cora Dixon.
SESSION 1 | FORBIDDEN LOVE, ETERNAL YOUTH, AND BLOOD | Replay Here
SESSION 2 | THE DARK SIDE: STEVENSON, TOLKIEN, AND LOVECRAFT | Replay Here
Hosted by Matt Torney and Alan Stanford
October 16, 2020
We are back to Ireland this week with a look into the life and work of Brian Friel. Friel was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company and is considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. He has been likened to an “Irish Chekhov” and described as “the universally accented voice of Ireland” by the Sunday Times.
Joining us on this journey is Dublin Director Matt Torney (Theatrical Outfit, ATL; PICT’s Crucifer of Blood, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching to the Somme).
ANATOMY OF A SHAKESPEARE PLAY: KING LEAR
Hosted by Alan Stanford
September 18-October 2, 2020
This webinar series is graciously sponsored by Arnold DeCarolis
SEPTEMBER 18 | Nothing Will Come of Nothing – REPLAY
SEPTEMBER 25 | When Mad Men Lead the Blind – REPLAY
OCTOBER 2 | The Wheel Has Come Full Circle – REPLAY
THE SYNGE SESSIONS
With Aoife Spillane-Hinks and Alan Stanford
September 4-11, 2020
“I am in Aranmor, sitting over a turf fire, listening to a murmur of Gaelic that is rising from a little public-house under my room.” With this sentence a frail young Dubliner named John Millington Synge begins his groundbreaking book entitled The Aran Islands. The book is a breathless love poem, a series of vivid, rapturous pictures in words of the people and places who would lead to the six plays that would secure for him a place as one of Ireland’s premiere 20th Century dramatists. His life was brilliant but brief: by the age of 37, John Millington Synge was dead. In this two-part series, Aoife Spillane-Hinks and Alan Stanford will explore how Synge he straddled two worlds, one rural and one urban, as he wrote his entertaining, complicated, and controversial plays.
These webinars are generously supported by Eileen Clancy.
SUCH FRIENDS! The Founding of the Abbey Theatre
Co-Hosted by Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly and Alan Stanford
August 28, 2020
“And say my glory was I had such friends…” wrote William Butler Yeats of Lady Augusta Gregory and the other Irish poets and playwrights he worked with to establish what is now Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. What brought this group of “such friends” together at the end of the 19th century to create the first government-subsidized theatre in the Western world, which is still functioning today? We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly to explore the personal and professional relationships among these fascinating characters.
This webinar is generously supported by Penn and Kathey Hackney.
WILSON IN AUGUST Hosted by Wali Jamal
August 14 & 21, 2020
One of Pittsburgh’s most beloved playwrights, hosted by one of Pittsburgh’s best actors.
Wali Jamal joins us for two weeks August 14-21 for this fascinating webinar series celebrating the life and work of August Wilson.
Wali Jamal is the only actor in the world to have performed in ALL TEN PLAYS in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle PLUS his one man show How I Learned What I Learned, which earned him the 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year.
These webinars are generously supported by an Anonymous Donor and H.C.
PICTSBURGH: 24 Years of Classic Theatre in the Steel City
August 7, 2020
Passionate. Engaging. Pittsburgh. Theatre.
A classic is a story relevant of its time, and for all time. In this hour-long webinar, explore PICT’s approach to classic text, commitment to minimalist design, and celebration of the power and craft of performance.
SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE: A Series in Five Acts
July 3-31, 2020
In this in-depth, five-part series, we’ll examine the craft of bringing the Bard’s text to life on stage. Hosted by Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford and featuring exclusive performances by our company of PICT actors. This series is free and appropriate for all ages.
*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association and The Theatre Authority, inc. Due to our performance contract, replays are not available for sessions 2-4.
SESSION ONE: SPEAKING SHAKESPEARE | Watch the Replay HERE
SUCH FRIENDS! Dorothy Parker & the Algonquin Round Table
June 26, 2020
Between 1919-1929, The Algonquin Hotel was host to a gathering of some of the most famous writers, critics, and actors in the country. Nicknamed “The Board,” “The Vicious Circle,” and “The Round Table,” their infamous luncheons engaged in wisecracks, wordplay, and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of their members, were disseminated across the country. Who were these great minds, and what made their luncheons so intriguing? Co-hosts Kathleen Dixon Donnelly and Alan Stanford discuss in this 60-minute interactive webinar.
* Please note – we had a sound issue in the first five minutes of the webinar – sound returns after the 6 minute time stamp.
BLOOMSDAY: A Celebration of James Joyce and Dublin
June 12, 2020
Every year on June 16, artists around the world gather to celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses. Pub crawls, live readings, performances, tours and music take over the streets of Dublin and are mirrored in celebrations worldwide.
What makes this particular piece of literature so captivating? What impression did Dublin make on James Joyce, and how did Joyce leave his mark on Dublin? Explore these questions and more in this 60-minute lecture hosted by Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford.
SALOME: The Language of Desire
May 29 & June 5, 2020
Host Alan Stanford played the role of Herod in this Oscar Wilde masterpiece for over 20 years. In this two-part series, learn about the intricacies of Salome peppered with personal anecdotes from Stanford’s experience with the production.
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A WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE: Oscar’s Love, Lust, Charms, and Trials
May 8 – May 22, 2020
Three, 90-minute lectures exploring the life and mind of Oscar Wilde. Appropriate for ages 14+.
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THE “IRISHING” OF ENGLISH THEATRE
April 3 – May 1, 2020
Ireland, as a nation, has produced writers who, for more than 300 years, have had a profound effect on the development of English Theatre. Over five classes we will discuss the nature of their writing and the influence that each had on the development of English theatrical writing.
This program is appropriate for all ages.
Click the links below to view the webinar:
APRIL 3, 2020 George Farquhar: The Derry and Dublin Exile (1677 – 1707)
APRIL 10, 2020 Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Man at his Own Fireside (1751 – 1816)
APRIL 17, 2020 Oscar Wilde: A Man of Simple Tastes (1854 – 1900)
APRIL 24, 2020 George Bernard Shaw: A Man of Many Words (1856 – 1950)
MAY 1, 2020 Samuel Beckett: Waiting to End (1906 – 1989)
PICT EDUCATES: ON STAGE
3 ACTS Program
Bringing the Text to Life
A show-specific study guide, including writing prompts aligned to the PA Core Standards, will be provided for your classroom to engage and excite your students in the text.
Students and their chaperones attend an exclusive matinee performance. PICT staff members will assist with logistics such as seating charts and payment details. Should time permit, the performance may be followed by discussions with the actors and creative team.
As a post-performance activity, students are encouraged to respond to the live production they attended in a fine arts medium (original artwork, music or dance composition, written response, etc). Each student will receive personal feedback from a member of the PICT Educates Team. Submissions may be selected for display by PICT in the WQED lobby.
Please contact PICT Classic Theatre for more information regarding 3 ACTS!
Catherine Kolos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 412 561 6000 x207