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The New Classics Series: Highness

The New Classics Series returns on Sunday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. with Highness by Carolyn Kras, directed by Michael Fuller and performed in the Charity Randall Theatre.

In Highness, Carolyn Kras explores the political and romantic intrigues that dominated the end of King Henry VIII's reign in England. The play follows two women as they negotiate the restricted spaces afforded them within and outside of the King's court. The first, Katherine Parr, became Henry's last wife, and the only one to escape divorce and death at the King's command. The second, Elizabeth, became one of the greatest monarch's in England's history. Highness reveals their relationships with their men, their friendship with each other, and their respective journeys to become powerful and influential women in their time.

The reading will feature actors from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts, including Emily Gray as Elizabeth, Adam Hubbell as King Henry VIII, Sarah Ivins as Julia, James McNeill as Sir Thomas Seymour, Brett Caffier as Bishop Stephen Gardiner and Tara Velan as Katherine Parr.

Carolyn Kras recently graduated with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a writer for stage, screen, & t.v. Playwriting awards/honors include: Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award Finalist, Shubert Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation writer-in-residence, Long Beach Playhouse New WorksFestival Finalist, K.C.A.C.T.F. Region II One-Act Play Award, "Best Playwright" Award in The Looking Glass Theatre's Writer/Director Forum, K.C.A.C.T.F. Region V Commendation and Ten Minute Play Semi-finalist, two A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Awards, the Leota Diesel Ashton Playwriting Prize, and the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program & Scholarship.

Director Michael Fuller is an accomplished actor, director and teacher. His most recent work with PICT includes roles in the award-winning productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s House & Garden, and David Mamet’s Race.Persons who are unable to attend the reading in person will be able to view it online via LIPLOTM (Live and in Person, Live and Online), a new internet technology pioneered by PICT Operations Director Stephanie Riso and Alex Geis. Geis of 21 Productions and videographer Randy Griffith of RLG Creations will live-broadcast the readings, and viewers will be able to respond via live chat as they watch the performances on the LIPLOTM website, www.liplo.com.

The final reading for the New Classics season will be Lively Stones by Sarah Bowden. It will be held in the Henry Heymann Theatre on Sunday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m.