About Ciara

January 27–February 14, 2016

By David Harrower
Directed by Karla Boos

We’re in Glasgow.  Ciara is the cherished daughter of a mob boss. ��She escaped the life of crime for a life of art: she runs a gallery and champions local artists, especially one whose female figures loom over the gritty city like goddesses.

Mary Rawson will create this unforgettable character, and Pittsburgh artist Robert Qualters (who knows a thing or two about gritty cities) will create an unforgettable set of his painting… animated by filmmaker Joe Seamans.


Please call 412-362-1713 for questions about accessibility and parking.

Age Appropriateness

This production contains strong, adult language that may not be appropriate for young ears.

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We thought it was a mesmerizing show! Actress was engaging with dialogue and movement.

Alyssa Cypher

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Location & Directions

Once in a while we find a spot we love so much that we’ll stick around to stage another show there. We’re bringing you back to the cozy Javo Studios in Lawrenceville: ��5137 Holmes Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, where Chickens in the Yard was performed. This time, we’ll be on the main floor, accessible from the front door on Holmes Street. Patrons are encouraged to park on Stanton Avenue.


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REVIEW: by Wendy Arons, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"Ciara, directed by Quantum leader Karla Boos, may be a one-woman show, but with characters so richly described by the playwright and so captivatingly conjured by Ms. Rawson’s commanding performance,…

REVIEW: by Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper

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"Accept and explore the challenges of Ciara, in all its humor and violence and depth. Not for the delicate-minded." by Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper

VIDEO: Audience Experience at CIARA

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What is the audience saying? Check out this video to learn more about the Ciara experience from the audience's perspective.  

Starring Mary Rawson

Mary Rawson

Mary Rawson has appeared previously with Quantum Theatre in When the Rain Stops Falling, Therese Raquin, After Mrs. Rochester, Dark of the Moon, Richard II, Splendour, and Anna Karenina. A member of Playhouse Rep, she appeared in the world premieres of Gab Cody’s Prussia 1866, Amy Hartman’s Chicken Snake, and Tammy Ryan’s In the Shape of a Woman and FBI Girl. She appeared recently at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in True West, at City Theatre in Outside Mullingar, and for PICT Theatre in Blithe��Spirit and Great Expectations. For her portrayal of Violet in The Playhouse REP’s production of August Osage County, she was honored as 2012 Performer of the Year by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mary currently teaches Acting in Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Special Performances

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 50

Post-show receptionWednesday, January 27


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Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & directorSunday, January 31


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Ladies Night

$ 44

Pre-show ladies happy hourWednesday, February 3


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Quantum QuaffWines paired with the play!

$ 51

Pre-show wine tastingThursday, February 4


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Quantum on the Couch

$ 46

Post-show analysisSaturday, February 6


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Performance Calendar

Group Rates and Discounts

Teaching a class on Shakespeare? Perhaps your book club is interested in one of our adaptations? Are you a student? And members of TIX for Teachers, the Mattress Factory, and WYEP are always eligible for discounted tickets.

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