Free Reading with acclaimed playwright Marina Carr from Ireland

Please join PICT as playwright Marina Carr -- who is one of Ireland’s leading dramatists -- shares a free reading of some of her works in The Henry Heymann Theatre located inside the Stephen Foster Memorial.

As some of you may know, Marina Carr has been visiting Pittsburgh as part of PICT Classic Theatre's highly anticipated production of her acclaimed play "Woman and Scarecrow" during July 10-August 2. The play focuses on a very particular moment in time – "a sacred moment" as Marina has called it, as a woman tries to reconcile herself to death before her time. Woman—a mother of eight children and wife to a philandering husband—is conversing with her companion, Scarecrow, whom only she can see. She considers all that might have been and all that will go on without her. Who will care for her children? What might be different if she hadn’t fallen for Him?

This is Marina's very first trip to Pittsburgh where she's been invited to participate in the final week of rehearsals as well as the opening weekend of the production. 

And we should all be very proud that a playwright of Marina Carr's stature has been able to share her considerable talents with Pittsburgh's vibrant theatre community and arts scene.

Check out these nice articles http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2014/07/09/Playwright-Marina-Carr-explores-matters-of-life-and-death-in-Woman-and-Scarecrow/stories/201407060256  http://triblive.com/aande/theaterarts/6379390-74/scarecrow-woman-theatre#axzz37Bv8NAkd http://www.pittnews.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_8c8043a8-0710-11e4-86a0-001a4bcf6878.html

As a means of giving thanks and bidding farewell to Pittsburgh, Marina will read her work on Sunday, July 13 at 7:00 pm in the Henry Heymann Theatre. She plans to include selections from Marble, 16 Possible Glimpses,  By the Bog of Cats, and The Cordelia Dream. This event is free and open to the public.

And for those that might also be interested, there will also be a cast Q&A earlier on Sunday afternoon (around 4:15 PM) following the 2 PM matinee performance of "Woman and Scarecrow" which you may also consider attending.

And as an additional note, we'll be scheduling Meetup events for"Woman and Scarecrow" with ticket discounts for Tuesday, July 15 as well as Thursday, July 31 and Saturday, August 2.

So this is a great opportunity to meet Marina Carr and learn some insights about her work.

About Marina Carr

Her awards include The Irish Times Best New Play Award, the Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Play Award 1994, a Macauley Fellowship, a Hennessey Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and an E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Her award-winning plays—largely poetic tragedies of rural Irish domestic life—have been produced around the world. Her works have been translated into French, German, and Norwegian.

She has been Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College, the Abbey Theatre, Princeton University and is currently the first John McGahern Writer-in-Residence in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and DCU.

Marina Carr was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2003. She is a member of Aosdána and lives in Kerry.

For more information on playwright Marina Carr and her many awards, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Carr and http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsC/carr-marina.html

For more information about PICT Classic Theatre and this production, please visit www.picttheatre.org

And if you can't make the various Meetup dates, please consider checking out one of the other performance dates during July 10 - August 2 as shown in the schedule below.

 

 

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  • Mark

    We'll be meeting in the theatre lobby around 6:30-6:45 PM prior to 7 PM free reading by Marina Carr from Ireland.

    This free reading is General Admission -- Open Seating. So this is another reason to get there a little early.

    If we haven't met before, I'll be wearing something easy to spot -- a green shirt with dark pants and glasses. Please feel free to introduce yourself.

    July 13, 2014

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