Bethany College Theatre Presents Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s ‘St. Nicholas’

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Theatre and Student Activities Council present the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s (PICT) production of “St. Nicholas,” a tale of second chances by contemporary Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Performances will be held September 9-11 at the amphitheatre located behind Bethany’s Steinman Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Starring Martin Giles, “St. Nicholas” is a monologue play featuring the story of a vitriolic Dublin theatre critic obsessed with a beautiful young actress playing the lead in a production of “Salome.” After giving the production a scathing review, he follows the troupe of actors to London to apologize. Instead of finding love and forgiveness, he is taken under wing by a house full of vampires and becomes their caretaker. What he takes away from his adventure with the vampires may offer him hope for redemption.

Giles, a playwright, director and one of Pittsburgh’s leading actors, has been voted Performer of the Year by the Post-Gazette and is seen regularly in PICT productions. His play “Beautiful Dreamers,” based on the music of Stephen Foster, debuted in April. Giles has been involved with Pittsburgh theater for approximately 40 years and has also written productions for the former New Group Theater.

McPherson wrote and directed “St. Nicholas”in 1997 for the Bush Theatre in London. His first big success was “The Weir”(also 1997), which was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre and went to Broadway in 1999. “The Weir”claimed the Olivier Award for Best New Play in London and was nominated for the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in New York.

McPherson’s Tony-nominated “Shining City” premiered at the Royal Court and the Gate theatres in 2004 before coming to Broadway in 2006; and “The Seafarer” premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2006 and moved to Broadway in 2007, where it received four Tony nominations, including Best Play.

A reception will be held in Steinman Hall after the September 11 closing performance.

Audience members should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, performances will take place in Wailes Theatre in Steinman Hall.

For more information, call 304.829.7124. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.