King Lear

May 10 – June 2, 2019

By William Shakespeare
Edited by James Kincaid and Julian Markels
Directed by Risher Reddick

King Lear continues Quantum’s long tradition of reimagining classics in never-before-seen ways, staging Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy amidst the majesty of the Carrie Blast Furnaces and highlighting Pittsburgh’s history as an industrial giant. The vastness and intimacy of this story of grief, loss, and family values gone awry come into focus in this tight, 2-hour edit. King Lear stars Bricolage Production Company’s Co-Founders Jeffrey Carpenter and Tami Dixon alongside a stellar local cast. 
About the experience:  Act 1 is staged in the shadow of the Carrie Deer, an iconic sculpture created from materials sourced onsite by the Industrial Arts Co-op in the late 1990s.  Responding to nature’s resurgence in this post-industrial space neglected in the aftermath of the collapsed steel industry, these guerilla artists included Jeffrey Carpenter (playing Lear) and Tim Kaulen.  An intermission walk takes the audience to seating in the Iron Garden for Act 2, where native plants and concrete relics evoke ancient Britain.  In the twilight of a stone-ringed clearing, the audience intimately experiences the king’s exile and madness.


Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Carrie Furnace Blvd, Swissvale PA 15218


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

Performance Calendar

Special Performances

Pay What You Can Night: Wednesday, May 8 – You choose the price for this preview performance of King Lear. Book in advance online or pay any amount at the door.

Meet the Editors: Wednesday, May 22 – Join Jim Kincaid and Julian Markels, editors our King Lear, for a pre-show discussion
about Shakespeare’s masterpiece and the themes they sought to bring to the foreground with their new treatment.

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 60

Post-show receptionFriday, May 10

Sunday Q&A

$ 43

With the cast & directorSunday, May 12

Social Q

$ 53

Eat, drink, and see through Quantum's eyesWednesday, May 15

Quantum Quaff

$ 63

Pre-show wine tastingThursday, May 16

Quantum on the Couch

$ 55

Post-show analysisSaturday, May 18

Location & Directions

Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Carrie Furnace Blvd, Swissvale PA 15218

Ample free parking available on-site.

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