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Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre
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Pittsburgh, PA – July 2, 2012. PICT opens its Festival celebrating the works of Anton Chekhov with Paul Schmidt’s translation of Three Sisters. This production features Nike Doukas as Ólga, Allison McLemore as Másha, as Vera Varlamov Irina, and as Christian Conn as Andrèi Prózorov. The show runs from July 19- August 26 at the Henry Heymann Theatre. Harriet Power directs.
Three Sisters poignantly conveys the lives, struggles, loves, and secret desires of sisters Masha, Olga, and Irina and their somewhat ineffectual brother Andrei. Set in a mythological provincial town in late 19th century Russia, we see their lives unfold before our eyes as the world changes with (and sometimes without) them.
Three Sisters is the first play of the Chekhov Festival. Later, join us in considering the ‘superfluous man’ of Russian literature in Ivanov, and experience After Chekhov (2 plays based off of Chekhov characters by Brian Friel) and Funny Chekhov (5 short plays and vaudevilles.) Funny, dark and provocative – Chekhov’s got desperate housewives, outrageous anti-heroes, and plenty of laughs.
Nike Doukas returns to PICT, where she last appeared in the Pinter Festival in “Betrayal” and “Celebration.” Previously, she played Mrs. Cheveley in “An Ideal Husband.” She she is the recipient of the 2011 Lunt-Fontanne fellowship and is widely known for her recurring role on “Desperate Housewives.”
Allison McLemore is returns to PICT for her third season. She previously starred in PICT productions Jane Eyre and Othello.
Vera Varlamov is making her professional debut at PICT. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recieved her BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA from Rutgers.
Christian Conn is in his first season with PICT, but has regionally played Orlando in “As You Like It” at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.
Scenic design is by Gianni Downs, lighting by Allen Hahn, costumes by Pei-Chi Su, and sound design by Liz Atkinson.
The 2012 Media Sponsors are WYEP and Essential Public Radio. Single tickets are available now through PICT’s new online ticketing system at www.picttheatre.org, or by calling ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 for an additional $1.50 phone fee. A range of options are available for money-saving season subscriptions, and can be purchased by contacting Carolyn Ludwig at 412.561.6000 x207, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 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.
The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre 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 PICT productions at The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres are presented in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.
FACT SHEET – The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall
Directed by Harriet Power
The Henry Heymann in the Stephen Foster Memorial
4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Cast: Christian Conn, Joe Domenic, Nike Doukas, Adrian Enscoe, Keith Foster, Colette Freiwald, Robert Haley, Billy Hepfinger, Leo Marks, Megan McDermott, Allison McLemore, Larry John Meyers, Matt Russak, Katya Stepanov, Vera Varlamov, Johnathan Visser, and David Whalen.
Design Team: Gianni Downs (scenic design); Pei-Chi Su (costume design); Allen Hahn (lighting design); Liz Atkinson (sound design); George DeShetler (properties)
First Week: Thursday – Friday, July 19-20, Previews, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21, Opening, 8:00 p.m. (followed by reception)
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. (followed by talk-back)
Second Week: Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. (Professional Tuesday performance)
Wednesday – Saturday, July 25-28, 8:00 p.m.*
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.
*preshow lectures Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 and 26, 7:00 p.m. Free.
Third Week: Wednesday, August 8, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12, 2:00 p.m.
Fourth Week: Thursday, August 16, 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 p.m.
Fifth Week: Thursday, August 23, 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 2:00 p.m.
PICT Special Events (All Free of Charge)
Preshow Lecture Series
PICT Special Events, cont’d.
Subscriptions: $224 – $252 (10 packages and Flex Plans available)
Single Tickets: starting at $25 ($20 under 26 with valid ID)
Pick, purchase and print your tickets online at www.picttheatre.org,
PICT – Great Stories. Well Told.