King Lear

May 10 – June 2, 2019

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

A limited number of seats are available for Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm. These tickets will go on-sale online at 7:30pm tonight, Friday, May 31st. Sales are online only. 


All performances are officially SOLD OUT

Patrons with tickets: We look forward to seeing you! See below for FAQ’s regarding weather and other site-related considerations. Please also be sure to allocate ample travel time and plan to arrive at the Carrie Furnaces no later than 7:15. We reserve the right to release any tickets not claimed by that time to patrons waiting for rush tickets. No refunds or exchanges will be offered for tickets released in this way.


If you don’t have tickets: Our wait-list is full at this time. Please see below for information about $40 rush tickets, available each night pending availability.

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.

We are proud to partner with Superior Motors, Braddock’s premiere restaurant helmed by Chef Kevin Sousa. To further your support of Quantum Theatre, make your preshow dinner reservation there, show them your King Lear ticket email, and Quantum Theatre will receive a donated portion of your total bill. Use OpenTable to make your reservation.

Present your program at Goodfellas in Braddock after the show and receive a special discount – Buy One Drink, Get One Drink FREE.

Rush and Wait-list Policies

If you are on the wait-list and tickets become available we will call you with an opportunity purchase tickets in advance. Every performance has a considerable wait-list at this time so we are no longer accepting further additions.

Each evening we will begin accepting sign-ups for $40 rush tickets at 7PM. Upon arrival at the Carrie Blast Furnaces check with the box-office staff who can point you to the rush sign up sheet. Shortly before the performance is scheduled to begin all tickets booked for patrons who have not yet checked in will be released to the rush list in the order that names appear. Please note that in order to move quickly and ensure the show starts on time, cash is the only acceptable form of payment (no credit cards).

We cannot guarantee that rush tickets will be available for every show, but so far we have had several no-shows at each of our performances.


How do I get there?
Carrie Blast Furnaces are located on Carrie Furnace Boulevard in Rankin, PA 15104. From downtown: Take I-376 East to Exit 77 for Swissvale. Turn right onto Monongahela Avenue and follow it for .6 miles when it becomes Miller Avenue. Turn right onto Harriet Street, which becomes Rankin Boulevard. Turn right onto Kenmawr Avenue, then turn right onto Carrie Furnace Boulevard. Continue on Carrie Furnace Boulevard through the gate, where you will arrive and park. From the East End: Head Southeast on Penn Avenue toward Wilkinsburg. Turn right onto South Braddock Avenue. Continue on Braddock Avenue for 2.7 miles, when it becomes Kenmawr Avenue. Slight right onto Kenmawr Avenue, then turn right onto Carrie Furnace Boulevard. Continue on Carrie Furnace Boulevard through the gate, where you will arrive and park. See below for a map.

Where can I park?
There is a free, unpaved lot onsite and Quantum staff will direct you when you arrive.

Can I take the bus?
The 61B will drop you off at Rankin Boulevard and Kenmawr Avenue. You can see Carrie from there and would walk down Carrie Furnace Boulevard, about a fifteen minute journey to the box office.

Do I have to stand through any of play?
You are seated for the entirety of each act of the play in chairs.

How far do I walk and how often?
You’ll walk from your car to the Act 1 performance space near the Carrie Deer, then during intermission, you’ll walk to the Act 2 performance space, the Iron Garden. After that, back to your car.

When you say walk – are these paved paths?
No, no they are not. The paths are grass or gravel, and it is possible they might be wet and muddy. Wear substantial flat shoes or boot.

What if I can’t walk that far?
We have a golf cart! If you didn’t note it when you purchased your tickets, give us a call at 412-362-1713 so we know to pick you up and get you safely around the space.

Isn’t it inside?
The entire performance is outdoors. It’s a beautiful season for an outdoor experience, but the weather is changeable. Dress in layers and bring an umbrella.

It’s outside! Will I be able to hear the actors?
The actors are using microphones so the whole audience will hear them.  Additionally, assistive listening devices are available at each performance on request.

Well, what happens if it rains?
We’ll be checking the radar throughout the run to be prepared. See below about rescheduled shows for predicted storms. If it unexpectedly turns inclement, we will help you safely back to your cars. If it’s a mist or light drizzle – you know us – the show will go on.

Okay, but if major storms are coming on my night? 
We’ve made every effort to get every patron’s cell phone number, will make a decision to cancel and contacct you between 6:30 and 6:45pm on your scheduled night. If the reports are bad, wait for that message before heading out. If you don’t hear from us by 6:45, we’re bullish, come on down. We’ll follow up with you the next day to rebook your tickets for any cancellation.

What if I need to use the restroom?
We have accessible portable restroom facilities available at each performance space.

What if I get thirsty from all this action?
We have concessions for sale preshow and at intermission.

Do I need to print my tickets?
Nope. When you arrive, look for the pop up tent. Quantum staff will be there to check you in. Just give the name of the person who purchased the tickets.

Performance Calendar

Week 1

  • Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Week 2

  • Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Week 3

  • Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Friday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Week 4

  • Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, June 2, 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Special Performances

Pay What You Can Night: Wednesday, May 8 – You choose the price for this preview performance of King LearTickets are officially sold-out. Follow us on Facebook for possible announcements of other discount opportunities throughout our run.

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.

Get Directions

Cast Members

Dana Hardy Bingham

Ken Bolden

Lissa Brennan

Jeffrey Carpenter

Tami Dixon

Monteze Freeland

Jessie Wray Goodman

Catherine Gowl

Connor McCanlus

Joe McGranaghan

Michaelangelo Turner