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PICT Classic Theatre previews upcoming season

Mary Pickels
Courtesy of PICT Classic Theatre
Hugh Leonard, Irish playwright who wrote "The Mask of Moriarity," an adaptation of "Great Expectations" and "Da."

PICT Classic Theatre’s 2019-20 season will begin in November and include three productions: a ghost story play written by Stephen Mallatratt; an adaptation of a Shakespeare classic; and an Irish play by Hugh Leonard.

The performances will be staged at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

“This season, as with every other, PICT will bring to Pittsburgh some of the finest classic tales, staged by some of the very best of Pittsburgh’s theater talent in the iconic Fred Rodgers Studio at WQED,” says Alan Stanford, artistic and executive director.

Appropriately enough, the ghost story, Stephen Mallatratt’s “The Woman in Black,” will be performed around Halloween.

The story begins as a tale about a young lawyer, sent to settle the estate of a lonely, recently deceased widow who still appears to haunt her home.

The book has twice been adapted for film, most recently in 2012 and starring Daniel Radcliffe. Mallatratt’s adaption has been described as one of the finest pieces of ghost storytelling on stage ever written, according to PICT.

February will bring a chilly version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Traditionally set in the summer of an Athenian wood, PICT relocates the play to the north in winter. The audience will learn how a classic comedy of criss-crossed lovers, feuding fairy-folk and the amateur acting antics of a group of rustic actors fares in a colder climate.

Concluding the season in April/May will be a production of Irish playwright Hugh Leonard’s “Da.”

Leonard also is creator of “The Mask of Moriarty” and an adaptation of Dicken’s “Great Expectations,” both earlier PICT productions.

According to PICT, “Da,” Leonard’s autobiographical tale, is his best known work internationally.

The story is that of the playwright’s childhood in the small town of Dalkey, just south of Dublin, and of his adoptive parents, known as Ma and Da. A perennial success in the Irish Theatre, it has been filmed with Barnard Hughes and Martin Sheen.

PICT also will host special events throughout the season.

Subscriptions will be available on July 8.

Details: 412-561-6000 or picttheatre.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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