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Anatomy of a Shakespeare Play: Twelfth Night
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ANATOMY OF A SHAKESPEARE PLAY:
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A TWO-PART JOURNEY INTO SHAKESPEARE'S JOYOUS COMEDY
William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as an entertainment to be performed on that particular post-Christmas celebration, probably in 1602. But the play has nothing to do with the title.
The subtitle - What You Will - tells us that the play is in fact a tale of unrequited love, and how we suffer for and by such feelings. Being a comedy, it is full of fun and laughter; being written by Shakespeare, much of that laughter is cruel and much of the love, deeply questionable.
Join us in examining the manner in which Shakespeare tells us this tale and the morals that it teaches us.
SESSION 1 | NOVEMBER 20, 2020
SESSION 2 | NOVEMBER 27, 2020
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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 24 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 110 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.