Shakespeare's Will running through December 1st

 
 
 
 
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August 2 – August 25, 2019
World Premiere

Frick Park Lawn Bowling Greens
Under a Tent and Under the Skies

Quantum makes a world premiere based on the life, music, and multi-dimensional art of Violeta Parra. Pablo Neruda introduced her authentic interpretation of Chilean folk music to the world. Joan Baez sang her songs and emulated her activism. The Louvre exhibited her embroideries. And yet she eludes easy understanding, so we take the attitude of her brother, poet Nicanor Parra, and seek her essence in hauntingly beautiful music that borrows from Andean rhythms and instrumentation, and invokes Medieval Spanish troubadours. Parra elevated all South American people, her music synonymous with protest movements that resisted dictatorships and improved the lives of thousands. She left us too soon, to make our own music under an iconic tent like that which had become synonymous with her. (Yes, folks, this summer’s music-filled show is under a tent, a Quantum first.)

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November 8 – December 1, 2019

William Shakespeare remained married until his death to Anne Hathaway, about whom the world knows little and wonders much. This contemporary play imagines a full-throated Anne in every emotional color imaginable, at the center of her own story instead of relegated to a footnote in Will’s; a robust exploration of feminist themes resonant even in the #MeToo present.

Shakespeare’s Will offers a tour de force for an actress, in this case Sheila McKenna, cherished staple of Pittsburgh theatre. It’s scored with original music played live by violinist Dawn Posey. The performance inhabits West Homestead United Methodist Church, a Pittsburgh treasure hiding in plain sight, unveiling the poetic space of her memory enhanced by the mastery of designers Stephanie Mayer-Staley, Joe Seamans, C. Todd Brown, Steve Shapiro, and Bonnie Siefers.

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June 4 – 28, 2020

Lucy Kirkwood’s 2014 drama about East/West relations won London’s Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best New Play. In 1989, a young American photojournalist captured an image that arrested the world: a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square. Beginning in this moment past, the play fast-forwards to US-China relations in recent times, and an examination of capitalism and culture, journalism and censorship getting more relevant by the day. Chimerica finds that American journalist two decades later, seeking the truth behind the political facade of the two superpowers; the stories that exist beyond the margins of a frame.

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Who beside Quantum is bringing us such theater, or would?

Chris Rawson, theater critic

It's fringe, it's funk, it's fashionable and athletic. Quantum is a total, global theater of mobility without limit.

Michael Lobban, author

Quantum is gutsy, smart, focused and important. Entire worlds are created in tight corners. It's the most interesting theatre happening here.

Kendra Lee, blogger

Quantum should be cherished and admired for stretching beyond the usual borders of what most often characterizes theatre.

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