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A WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE: Oscar's Love, Lust, Charms, and Trials
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A WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE:
OSCAR'S LOVE, LUST, CHARMS AND TRIALS
=A PICT EDUCATES LECTURE SERIES=
A THREE PART EXPLORATION OF THE INIMITABLE OSCAR WILDE
Join us for three 90-minute lectures exploring the intricacies of the life and mind of Oscar Wilde. Each lecture is FREE and appropriate for ages 14+.
MAY 8, 2020: THE CHARM OFFENSIVE
In his 4 major plays, Wilde examines and satirizes the two great social malignancies of the late Victorian period – Class and Corruption.
In the apparent world of social and moral integrity that the Victorians proclaimed, prostitution, homosexuality, illegitimacy, bribery, rampant prejudice, and corruption were rife. And Wilde lampooned all these themes in his plays and stories to the amusement of his audience who were generally the very people he was lampooning.
MAY 15, 2020: OF LOVE AND LIFE AND LUST
In his writings, Wilde examines so many themes on the topic of love. His soul was that of a romantic and his capacity for loving was immense; His problem was that “he could resist everything except temptation.”
In this session we will examine Wilde the lover: his marriage, his sons, his discovery of his true nature and the young men who filled is life with joy and pain and eventually led to his destruction.
MAY 22, 2020: A TIME OF TRIAL AND 'ONE OF US HAS TO GO'
The fateful decision to prosecute the Marquis of Queensbury brought Wilde eventually to prison, exile and death. In this final session we will look at the choices he made and the words he wrote - some prophetic and some confessional. We will see some of his finest and most moving of all his writing in the letter to Bosie, “De Profundis.”
And we will travel with him to the room with the bad wallpaper in which he died.
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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.
About PICT Classic Theatre
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 actors. 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.
Learn more at picttheatre.org.