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The Irishing of English Theatre

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May
1
Friday
May 1st
2:00 pm EDT
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May 1

2:00 pm EDT

Samuel Beckett: Waiting to End (1906 - 1989)

SESSION 5

PICT Educates Lecture Series:

The Irishing of English Theatre

Ireland as a nation has produced writers who, for more than 300 years, have had a profound effect on the development of English Theatre.

Over five classes we will discuss the nature of their writing and the influence that each had on the development of English theatrical writing. The five playwrights concerned will be George Farquhar (1677 - 1707), Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816), Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), and Samuel Beckett (1906 - 1989).


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About Alan Stanford

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 also 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 other film 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.

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About PICT Classic Theatre

PICT Classic Theatre is an internationally-recognized, non-profit theatre company founded in PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996. 2019-2020 will be our 23rd season.


Our mission is to entertain, engage with, and serve the Pittsburgh community by examining current social issues through the lens of classic text.


We are committed to creating the highest quality in classic and Irish theatre, and are critically-acclaimed for our Shakespeare productions.


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


Learn more at picttheatre.org.

May
1
Friday
May 1st
2:00 pm EDT