Tuesday, March 18, 2014

UnCommon Pleas: An Evening of Legal Theatrical Entertainment

Contact: Michelle Belan
Marketing & Communications Director
412.561.6000 x203
Guilty or Not Guilty? Macbeth Appeals His Conviction
PICT Theatre’s UnCommon Pleas: An Evening of Legal Theatrical Entertainment

Dennis Unkovic as Macbeth; Audrey Russo as Lady Macbeth

Pittsburgh, PA – February 25, 2014. Shakespeare’s most wicked couple, the Macbeths, will appeal their murder convictions in front of six noteworthy judges. Attorney Dennis Unkovic and Pittsburgh High Tech Council President Audrey Russo will play the devious pair at PICT’s UnCommon Pleas, a legal theatrical event co-sponsored by the Arts and Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. This uncommonly entertaining evening will take place at the Duquesne Club on March 27th, featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal, and a most entertaining appellate argument.
The event is co-chaired by PICT Theatre’s board president Charles H. Moellenberg, Jr. (Jones Day) and his wife Karen Moellenberg, also an attorney, and Thomas G. Donahue (Dinsmore & Shohl LLP). On behalf of PICT Theatre, Chuck Moellenberg said, "PICT is thrilled to team with the ACBA to present an evening of legal theatrics, full of jest, surprises, and intrigue. We will set the stage for our panel of 6 federal and state judges to test the wit of our bar’s advocates and to determine the fate of Macbeth and his Lady.” PICT Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford has devised a script for the evening and will direct a noteworthy cast of legal minds. “PICT is producing Macbeth in October of this year, so it is the perfect time to whet the appetite for delicious wickedness that is Shakespeare’s shortest but perhaps most powerful tragedy.”
The six judges who will deliberate are all confirmed. Among them is the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., a senior judge for the U.S. District Courts, Western District. His late wife Anne Mullaney was a PICT board member and ardent supporter of the theatre company until her untimely death in April of 2011. Judge Cohill expressed great enthusiasm for taking the bench at this unique event. Joining Judge Cohill are Judge Nora Barry Fischer, also from the U.S. District Court; Court of Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey Manning, Superior Court Judge Judith Olson, Common Pleas Complex Case Judge Christine Ward, and Common Pleas Judge and former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne Woodruff.
Playing Macbeth is an unexpected addition to attorney Unkovic’s bucket list, but he thinks he might also be helping fulfill the dreams of a few others. “People have been hoping to see me die for years, and now, they may get the chance to see it happen right before their eyes,” he said.  “It’ll be fun and it’s for a great cause." 
PICT Theatre is taking orders by phone at 412-561-6000 and online at http://picttheatre.org/plays-events/pict-uncommon-pleas/ . Tickets are $250/person, or $200/person for members of the Arts & the Law Committee, Homer S. Brown Division, and Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA.
 It’s not too late to be a sponsor, and sponsorship does have its privileges. Sponsorship options, ranging from $750 to $5,000, come with a host of benefits, including the chance to become involved in the show.  Call PICT Theatre or visit http://picttheatre.org/plays-events/pict-uncommon-pleas/ for the details.
PICT Theatre (aka Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, and performs in The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres from April through December in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
May 1 – May 17, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Tuesday, May 13)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 17 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Aoife Spillane- Hinks
The Charity Randall Theatre
June 4 – June 21, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Wednesday, June 4)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, June 21 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Henry Heymann Theatre
July 10 – August 2, 2014
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, August 2 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Matt Torney
The Charity Randall Theatre
September 4 – September 20, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Tuesday, September 16)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, September 20 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
October 8 – 25, 2014
(10 a.m. student matinees on Tuesday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 21)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 25 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Adapted for the stage by Hugh Leonard)
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
December 3-20, 2014
(10 a.m. student matinees on Tuesday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 16)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 20 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
(wide range of packages and flex plans available-
Early Bird pricing in effect until December 21, 2014) $288-$188*
Single Tickets
Senior Tickets (60+)
(Limited “grab bag” seating at $25; not available at all shows) $48-$38*
Military and Youth Tickets:
Military Adult
Military Children (ages 18 and under)
Patrons ages 19-30
Children ages 18 and under  
* Prices do not include handling fees.
Email tickethelp@picttheatre.org to become an E-Subscriber or for online purchasing options, or contact PICT at 412-561-6000 x.207.  
Michelle Belan
Marketing & Communications Director

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