PICT Uncommon Pleas

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6 p.m.

The Duquesne Club
325 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

“First, let’s thrill all the lawyers!”

Consider this your summons. PICT Classic Theatre invites you to its third annual UnCommon Pleas fundraiser on Thursday, April 7, at the Duquesne Club. Mark your calendars for this popular event featuring a sumptuous feast and mock trial of an infamous Shakespearean villain. Join us as we argue crimes against man, nature and humanity in support of PICT Classic Theatre.

This year, passions will run high when guests hear the appeal of The Merchant of Venice.

Shylock, a moneylender in 16th century Venice, insists that the Merchant of Venice part with a pound of his flesh as he promised to secure a loan now in default. The Merchant prepares for the knife, but then Portia appears in court, disguised as a man and pretending to be an expert on Venetian law. Can she save the Merchant and turn the scales of justice against Shylock? Is Portia actually a villain defrauding the court and Shylock of his property? Is Shylock the victim of 16th century anti-Semitism?

These issues will play out before a lively panel of federal and state judges, who will hear the evidence presented by a distinguished cast. Stephanie Gill, Vice President and General Counsel of Consol Energy will play shrewd Portia; Bryan Kocher, Senior Counsel at Wesco, Inc., will play the honorable Merchant of Venice; and W. Thomas McGough, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of UPMC, will play the wronged Shylock. Appearing as Court Bailiff will be James FitzGerald, named Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Performer of the Year in 2015. Feisty advocates from local law firms will argue the fate of our cast of characters.

Tickets: $225 per person or $160 per person/ $295 per couple for members of the Young Lawyers Division, Howard S. Brown Division, or the Arts & law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Contact 412-561-6000 for more information or click here to purchase tickets.

*5% of each ticket purchased through the Allegheny County Bar Foundation will benefit the ACBF


We would like to thank our event sponsors:

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