Salon with Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan and Stephanie Riso

Duncan Macmillan, playwright, and Stephanie Riso, Founder and Operations Director

PICT Theatre hosted a dinner at the Mansions on Fifth to welcome playwright Duncan Macmillan to Pittsburgh. Duncan’s version of Don Juan Comes Back from the War by Odon von Horvath will have its U.S. premiere with PICT’s production, running from August 8-31, 2013 at the Henry Heymann Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland. Nearly 60 friends of PICT, including board members, staff, donors and members of the cast of Don Juan Comes Back from the War enjoyed the stately ambiance of the recently restored mansion and the opportunity to meet the charming playwright. A casual cocktail hour encouraged mingling, while proprietors Mary Del Brady and Richard Pearson led tours of the property. A number of guests, led by Melanie Werner of Galerie Werner, perused the extensive artworks that grace the walls throughout every floor.

Guests enjoyed prosciutto-wrapped figs and a Bibb lettuce salad followed by roasted chicken stuffed with Irish bacon and sage or smoked tofu with a ginger-carrot puree,

and a milk stout creme brulee for dessert.

As Macmillan dined with guest Peter Smerd, the two discovered that Duncan once shared an office with Peter’s nephew, a perfect example of Pittsburgh’s two-degrees-of-separation. After dinner, guests retreated to the library for casual conversation and remarks by the playwright, PICT board president Gene O’Sullivan and PICT artistic director Alan Stanford.

Macmillan is spending his time in Pittsburgh in rehearsals with director Alan Stanford and the cast, and returns to London to work on directing his co-adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.