The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre injected a bit o’ the blarney into its annual gala when it imported Irish actor Jack Gleeson, who plays the evil boy king Joffrey on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” In real life he was anything but, crossing the ocean out of friendship and gratitude to PICT producing artistic director Alan Stanford, who has known the actor since childhood and worked with him in Dublin. Mr. Gleeson’s presence was just one more sign that PICT is skewing younger these days — in fact the whole gala had a freshness that pulled more than 300 guests into J. Verno Studios last Monday night for “PICT Plays … With Murder and Mayhem.”
The evening, orchestrated with style by Christine Ferguson of Prima Eventi with an auction by Evelyn Castillo of Sterling Events, began with a reception and awards ceremony. The Anne D. Mullaney Award was given to Ray Werner and the Chosky-Rauh Award was presented by Richard Rauh to Sara Steelman before a seated dinner for 200 catered by BIG. Another wave of guests arrived for the American Eagle Dance Party that followed. Getting ready for the exciting 2014 season were PICT operations director Stephanie Riso, event chairs Michael and Karen Burns and Richard and Karen Miller, board chair Gene O’Sullivan with Sandy, Bingo O’Malley, Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry Bron, Judge Maurice Cohill, David Whalen, Margie and Alan Baum, Pearl and Dave Figgins and Mark Freeman.