PICT UnCommon Pleas: Let’s Thrill All the Lawyers!

Guilty or Not Guilty? Macbeth Appeals His Conviction

PICT Theatre’s UnCommon Pleas: An Evening of Legal Theatrical Entertainment

Dennis Unkovic as Macbeth; Audrey Russo as Lady Macbeth Watch interview

Pittsburgh, PA – February 25, 2014. Shakespeare’s most wicked couple, the Macbeths, will appeal their murder convictions in front of six noteworthy judges. Attorney Dennis Unkovic and Pittsburgh High Tech Council President Audrey Russo will play the devious pair at PICT’s UnCommon Pleas, a legal theatrical event co-sponsored by the Arts and Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. This uncommonly entertaining evening will take place at the Duquesne Club on March 27th, featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal, and a most entertaining appellate argument.

The event is co-chaired by PICT Theatre’s board president Charles H. Moellenberg, Jr. (Jones Day) and his wife Karen Moellenberg, also an attorney, and Thomas G. Donahue (Dinsmore & Shohl LLP). On behalf of PICT Theatre, Chuck Moellenberg said, “PICT is thrilled to team with the ACBA to present an evening of legal theatrics, full of jest, surprises, and intrigue. We will set the stage for our panel of 6 federal and state judges to test the wit of our bar’s advocates and to determine the fate of Macbeth and his Lady.” PICT Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford has devised a script for the evening and will direct a noteworthy cast of legal minds. “PICT is producing Macbeth in October of this year, so it is the perfect time to whet the appetite for delicious wickedness that is Shakespeare’s shortest but perhaps most powerful tragedy.”

The six judges who will deliberate are all confirmed. Among them is the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., a senior judge for the U.S. District Courts, Western District. His late wife Anne Mullaney was a PICT board member and ardent supporter of the theatre company until her untimely death in April of 2011. Judge Cohill expressed great enthusiasm for taking the bench at this unique event. Joining Judge Cohill are Judge Nora Barry Fischer, also from thePICT announces an evening of UnCommonly Good Legal Theatre 2

U.S. District Court; Court of Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey Manning, Superior Court Judge Judith Olson, Common Pleas Complex Case Judge Christine Ward, and Common Pleas Judge and former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne Woodruff.

Playing Macbeth is an unexpected addition to attorney Unkovic’s bucket list, but he thinks he might also be helping fulfill the dreams of a few others. “People have been hoping to see me die for years, and now, they may get the chance to see it happen right before their eyes,” he said. “It’ll be fun and it’s for a great cause.”


PICT Theatre is taking orders by phone at 412-561-6000 and online.  Tickets are $250/person, or $200/person for members of the Arts & the Law Committee, Homer S. Brown Division, and Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA.


It’s not too late to be a sponsor, and sponsorship does have its privileges. Sponsorship options, ranging from $750 to $5,000, come with a host of benefits, including the chance to become involved in the show. Call PICT Theatre or visit our website.

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