Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre announces six plays for 2014

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Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has announced its 18th season, the first fully programmed by newly minted producing artistic director Alan Stanford. The theme of the season is "Something Wicked This Way Comes," a line from Shakespeare's Scottish play, which is part of the season of classics that includes works by Coward and Beckett and plays that bring out the "Irish" in the company's name.

The current production, Martin McDonagh's "A Skull in Connemara," continues through Saturday, and PICT finishes its current season with the return of "Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood" Dec. 4-21.

The schedule for PICT's 2014 season:

* May 1-17, 2014 "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward. PICT points out that the comedy about a married man haunted by his late wife has not been produced by a professional Pittsburgh company since the 1940s. Mr. Stanford directs. (Charity Randall Theatre)

* June 4-21: "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett. Though PICT produced BeckettFest in 2006, the company only offered a staged reading of "Godot." In October of that same year, Mr. Stanford starred as Pozzo in the Gate Theatre Dublin's touring production at the Byham. Aoife Spillane-Hinks, who was at the helm of PICT's "Our Class" this year, directs. (Charity Randall Theatre)

* July 10-Aug. 20: "Woman And Scarecrow" by Marina Carr. Nike Doukas and Karen Baum, who played mother and daughter in this season's "Don Juan Comes Back From the War," return to PICT for a play about the last moments of a woman's life, told with "great beauty and with clear Irish wit and wonder." Mr. Stanford directs. (Henry Heymann Theatre)

* Sept. 4-20: "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme" by Frank McGuinness. Set during the First World War, the play follows a group of new recruits to the night before the Battle of the Somme, where more than 50,000 British troops died on the first day. Most members of the Ulster contingent were killed in the first onslaught. PICT's production marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Director TBA. (Charity Randall Theatre)

* Oct. 8-25: "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare. This play about unbridled ambition, a bloody power grab and its aftermath is having a day, with recent productions in London and on Broadway. Mr. Stanford directs. (Charity Randall Theatre)

* Dec. 3-20: "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens and adapted by Hugh Leonard. The Victorian-age tale of the life and loves of young Pip was adapted for Mr. Stanford for a production at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Mr. Stanford directs. (Charity Randall Theatre)

Subscriptions are $188-$296. Single tickets are $38-$58; age 60 and over, $44; ages 19-30, $20; 18 and younger, $10. Discounts also available for military families. Details: picttheatre.org or 412-561-6000.



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