Elizabeth Elias Huffman
Artistic Director, PICT Classic Theatre
Alumni of Directors West
Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society
Member of SAG/AFTRA/ACTORS EQUITY
Member of MENATMA
Elizabeth Elias Huffman is the newly appointed Artistic Director of PICT Classic Theatre In Pittsburgh. She is an acclaimed international actor, an award winning director and playwright known for her visionary and diverse productions. She teaches Shakespeare and classical theatre worldwide and offers online classes and coaching for actors in film, television and theatre. Elizabeth is currently appearing in Steel Magnolias at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre until April 9. 2023
The Absence of Wanting
By Steven Wolfson
Directed by Jane Bement Geesman
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In a tour-de-force performance, Elizabeth Elias Huffman brings to life the stories of two women, one ancient and one modern.
The modern woman, The Actress, struggles to keep sober while facing ageism and impending unemployment in her profession, a strained relationship with her daughter and a string of broken marriages that have left her shattered and unhinged. She fears being left behind in today's rapidly shifting political and theatrical landscape.
When we meet her she is performing the role of Aspasia, the brilliant courtesan, and lover of Pericles whose name and significant contributions to the golden age of 5th century Greece have been erased from the history books.
"The Absence of Wanting" explore the very modern themes of democracy, gender politics, marriage, desire and whether history is linear or an unbroken circle, forever dooming us to repeat the same mistakes.
Incorporating original music and digital media, "Absence of Wanting" is a theatrical event for the still new and self-defining millennium.