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BLOOMSDAY: James Joyce & Dublin

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PICT Classic Theatre
Alan Stanford

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June 12th
2:00 pm EDT





Every year on June 16, artists around the world gather to celebrate James Joyce's Ulysses. Pub crawls, live readings, performances, tours and music take over the streets of Dublin and are mirrored in celebrations worldwide.

What makes this particular piece of literature so captivating? What impression did Dublin make on James Joyce, and how did Joyce leave his mark on Dublin?

Explore these questions and more in this 60-minute lecture hosted by Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford.


On Tuesday, June 16, join the theater artists of PICT Classic Theatre as we hold a digital Bloomsday. We'll be live every hour on the hour on Zoom and Facebook bringing you excerpts from this exciting literary journey. Grab a pint and support local performers - all donations received on June 16 will be shared with the artists on your screen!


In the live lecture, you'll be able to interact directly with our host via our chat feature, as well as submit questions in real time and participate in polls.


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Alan Stanford has been Artistic and Executive Director of PICT Classic Theatre since 2013, having worked with the company for several years prior to that. He came to Pittsburgh from Dublin in Ireland, where he was an associate actor and director at the renowned Gate Theatre for over 30 years. As an actor at the Gate he portrayed a multitude of roles but was best known for his performances as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, a production which toured the world, and for Herod in Oscar Wilde’s Salome, a performance that has been acclaimed internationally. He continued to play Pozzo for twenty years on various tours of the United States and around the world as well as repeating the role in a film of the play made for the Beckett on Film series. 

Other noted roles at The Gate include Higgins in Pygmalion, Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sir in The Dresser, and Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, (a role he also played with the Abbey Theatre). He has a long association with the works of Oscar Wilde and has given many readings, recitals and lectures across Ireland, in Monaco at the Princess Grace Library and in Pittsburgh. He has performed many of the principle roles in Wilde’s plays including Illingworth in A Woman Of No Importance and Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband. In addition, he has performed the role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest twice: at the Abbey Theatre and for PICT in Pittsburgh.  

Alan is a prolific writer, critically acclaimed for his adaptations of classic text. His work as writer for The Gate include adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Oliver Twist, and Jane Eyre. These adaptations have been staged in several theatres in the USA and were sell out successes at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Another major success for The Gate was The Picture of Dorian Gray, which he co-adapted. He also wrote a stage version of How Many Miles to Babylon, from the book by Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston.

As a director he is regarded as a leading authority on the works of Wilde, as well as Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett. He worked with famed British playwrights Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Christopher Hampton. He also established his own company, Second Age, which concentrated on classic texts especially for younger audiences. He was the Director of Theatre at the Project Arts Centre for four years, directing and appearing in many productions, his most notable performance being de Sade in Marat/Sade. His productions there included works by Shaw, Arbuzov, Grahame Greene, Brecht and Shakespeare. His recent production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at PICT Classic Theatre was nationally recognized for its avant-garde approach to lighting and minimalist staging.

Alan created the long-running character George Manning on the popular Irish television series Glenroe. His screen credits include Waiting for Godot, Michael Collins, Animal Farm, and The Tudors, among many others. A man of many passions, he was also a restaurant critic and weekly columnist for the Irish Independent, Ireland's largest-selling daily newspaper.



PICT Classic Theatre is an internationally-recognized, non-profit theatre company founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996. For the past 23 years, PICT Classic Theatre has brought you the very best professional productions and performances of your favorite Classic and Irish drama. Plays that are powerful, poignant, and provocative. Plays that are purely PICT.

Our vision is to present the highest quality productions for the widest audience, featuring our innovative, minimalist design. With over 109 productions in our history, PICT continues to bring beloved works to the stage to approximately 10,000 patrons each season. We are commited to entertaining, engaging, and serving the Pittsburgh community by examining current social issues through the lens of classic text.

The greatest of plays. The best creative theatre artists. And as much as possible, we keep it local.

PICT is honored to have a home in the historic Fred Rogers Studio at WQED - the birthplace of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

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June 12th
2:00 pm EDT