Red Hills

August 18-September 10, 2017

By Sean Christopher Lewis
Directed by Katie Pearl
Co-Production with En Garde Arts

World Premiere

“I wrote a book about Rwanda when I was in my twenties and a month ago I got a note saying what I wrote was a lie. It doesn’t matter. Or…Is it an opportunity? Are things like this note what propels humans to understanding?”

20 years after the genocide they witnessed first-hand as teenagers, two men a world apart reunite to face their memories, confront a ghost, and desperately seek forgiveness.

Sponsored by Uber Advanced Technologies Group

Location

The Recycling Building on the corner of 32nd Street and Smallman Street.

Accessibility

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

Approximate run time: 90 minutes

 

 

Review: Pittsburgh in the Round, Eva Phillips

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“Multidimensional, quasi-interactive plays are gradually becoming a phenomenon in theatre, in which evocative themes and transgressive or incredibly sensitive subject matter can be portrayed and explored with more efficacy, vitriol,…

Review: Pittsburgh Owl Scribe, David Zuchowski

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” Red, the color or rust and iron ore, is also the color of blood. All three elements are part of the thematic palette that form the skeleton of Sean…

Review: Entertainment Central, Mike Vargo

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“Quantum Theatre is a company that goes for the knockout punch every time. You won’t find any “safe” plays on the Quantum schedule, no tried-and-true crowd pleasers, because the goal…

Performance Calendar

Location & Directions

The Recycling Building on 32nd Street and Smallman Street in the Strip District

Parking lot on 31st Street (under the bridge) and Smallman Street will be available, as well as street parking.  And as always, follow the Q! 

Box Office and Check in will be located on 32nd Street between Smallman Street and Spruce Way.

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Dine at the Strip

Quantum has teamed up with feast on brilliant once again to provide gourmet dinner options before the play. For $18 you and your friends can pre-order boxed dinners with your tickets, and it’ll be waiting for you to pick it up at 7 pm before the show.  Please place your order no later than noon the day before you plan to attend. *Make sure you select “Dinner and Performance” in your ticket selection and write in your selection in the comment section.*

1. Quinoa Salad- quinoa salad with fresh corn, black beans and chipotle lime dressing on a bed of spring mix.  (Vegetarian)
2. Chicken Club Specialty Sandwich oven roasted chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, tomato with  house chipotle mayo on the side and a bag of kettle cooked chips
3. Asian Chicken Salad chicken, cabbage, Asian vegetables in light sesame ginger Asian dressing on a bed of brown rice (Gluten Free)

Dessert: Grey Ghost cookies.  *Gluten Free dessert: Coconut Macaroon

All meals are served with dessert, and a choice of water or wine.  Place your order in the comment box on the check our page!

*no substitutions

Dinner Partners:

Looking for a place to dine or grab drinks before the performance? We recommend Bar Marco, Maggie’s Farm Rum, or DiAnoia’s Eatery.

Bar Marco
2216 Penn Avenue, 15222
Reservations: (412) 471-1900, or info@barmarcopgh.com, Resevations not required.
Open: Wed-Sat 5 pm – 11 pm; Sat & Sun 10 am – 3 pm

Maggie’s Farm Rum
3212A Smallman Street, 15222 (Big blue building w/ the tiny sign.)
(412) 709-6480.  Reservations not required.
Open:  Wed 11 am – 7 pm; Thurs-Sat 11 am – 10 pm; Sun 12 pm – 6 pm.

DiAnoia’s Eatery
2549 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 918-1875. Reservations not required.
Open:  Wed-Thurs 8 am – 9 pm; Fri-Sat 8 am – 10 pm; Sun 10 pm – 2:30 pm.

Special Performances

Cast Members

Scott Parkinson

David

Scott Parkinson is an award-winning New York-based actor, writer, acting teacher, and audition coach. Broadway: The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center); National Tour: 39 Steps; Off-Broadway: the Stage Manager in David Cromer’s Our TownOrson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre), EST, CSC, and MCC. Regional: An IliadCock (Studio Theatre), Shakespeare Theatre, the Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, and La Jolla Playhouse. Chicago credits include the title role in HamletArcadiaHedda GablerCrime and Punishment (also at 59e59, NYC), The Glass Menagerie, and Cassius in an adaptation of Julius Caesar which he also co-directed and adapted (Writers Theatre), sixteen productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (including Rose Rage, also at the Duke Theatre, NYC), the Court Theatre, Northlight, and the Goodman. Other roles include Angelo, Mercutio, Treplev, Richard II, Richard III, the Fool, Puck, Iago, and Prior Walter. Featured interview: North American Players of Shakespeare.

Patrick J. Ssenjovu

God's Blessing

Patrick J. Ssenjovu was born and raised in Uganda. He joined Impact International, a repertoire company, at the early age of seventeen and toured Europe and America.  Shortly after moving to the United States, he was asked by Ellen Stewart of La MaMa to join Great Jones Repetory Company–he is still a member of the East Village company.  He has worked with various artists including Alex Mukulu, Meredith Monk, Ping Chong, Carl Hancock-Rux, Adong Judith, Michael Greif, and Seth Barrish.  Patrick has performed at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, The Ohio Theatre and St. Anne’s Warehouse, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  On film, he has worked with the late Sydney Pollack (The Interpreter) and Michael Hoffman (Game 6). He currently resides in New York City.

Ava Kepple

Mary

Ava Kepple (Mary) is thrilled to be a part of her first professional show with Quantum Theatre. Ava has been studying dance, acting and voice for 8 years.  Locally she studies at the Dance Company for the Performing Arts under the direction of Pat McKeown, where she has performed in The Nutcracker, Marguerite and the Firebird (Marguerite), Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella (Fairy), Peter and the Wolf, (Hunter).  She has also studied at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and has had the privilege to study at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and most recently at the University of North Carolina School of Performing Arts Summer Program under Kirtan Coan and Dale Girard.

Creative Team

Anne Hamburger

Executive Producer, En Garde Arts

Anne Hamburger is the Founder of En Garde Arts, the company that pioneered the development of site-specific theatre in NY from 1985 through 1999, featuring nationally known artists including Anne Bogart, Chuck Mee and Tina Landau. She was Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse in 1999 before serving as Executive Vice President at Disney and leading the creative development and production of all the major stage shows for the parks worldwide featuring renowned artists including Diane Paulus and Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.  She re-launched En Garde in 2014 with Basetrack Live, a multimedia, documentary theatre piece about the impact of war on the military and their families.  Named Top Ten of 2014 by The NY Times, Basetrack Live premiered at the Next Wave Festival and traveled to 40 cities throughout the country.  En Garde’s most recent production Wilderness, about the struggle for connection between parents and their teenage children was a NY Times Critics Pick and is going on tour this spring and next fall.

Sean Christopher Lewis

Playwright

Sean Christopher Lewis is the co-creator and writer of the comic books Saints and The Few, both published by Image Comics, with Saints recently optioned for television by Grandview/Automatik. He can be heard as a commentator on NPR’S This American Life and he serves simultaneously as the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre and Riverside Theatre.  His work as a playwright, solo performer, director, sound designer and actor have won the NEFA National Theatre Project Award, the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, the NEA Voices in Community Award, and a Puffin Foundation Artists Award.His plays and solo pieces have been performed at theatres such as Baltimore Centerstage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, and the Institut Del Teatra in Barcelona, Spain and include: Dogs of Rwanda, Killadelphia, Just Kids, The Gone Chair, I Will Make You Orphans, Black and Blue,  Militant Language, The Aperture, The Homeschooling of Jonathan Anderson, and Manning UP. Recently, with Jennifer Fawcett, he developed the one man performance installation Ghost Story (Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Englert Theatre).

Katie Pearl

Director

Katie Pearl has a twenty-year history of creating and directing site-specific and interactive shows in collaboration with designers and artists from all disciplines. Her performance work has been commissioned by the American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Theater, the Kitchen, PS 122, Arts > Brookfield Properties/WFC, and the Whitney Museum Performance on 42nd St series among others.  Katie is co-Artistic Director of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary company she shares with playwright Lisa D’Amour.  PearlDamour’s work has been honored with an OBIE Award, a Creative Capital Award, four Multi-Arts Production Fund grants, and two NEA Our Town grants.  Off Broadway, regional and experimental theater notable projects include Why We Have a Body by Clare Chaffee (Magic Theater, San Francisco); Panic! Euphoria! Blackout!  by Ellen Maddow of the Talking Band (HERE Theater, NYC); The Wrestling Patient, developed with playwright Kirk Lynn – finalist for NEA Outstanding New American Play (Speakeasy Theater, Boston);  and Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Kristina Wong (National Tour).  Katie is the current Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, where her work focuses on the concept of the Artist-Citizen.  She will hold the Quinn Martin Directing Chair at the University of California San Diego in the fall of 2017.

Deb O

Scenic Design and Costume Design

Selected set and costume designs: Ready Set Go: Race (Falconworks, NY), Airness (Humana Fest, KY), Selkie (Z Space, CA), Thieves (El Portal Theater, LA), Sweeney Todd (Perseverance Theater, Alaska), Christmas Carol and Middletown (Trinity Rep, RI), Light: A Dark Comedy (New Victory, NY), Rite Of Spring (Kimmel Center, PA), The Seagull, Ivanov, Platonov, Uncle Vanya (Lake Lucille, NY), The Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines, PS 122), Salsalandia (La Jolla Playhouse, CA), Savannah Disputation (The Old Globe, CA), The Lacy Project (Premiere Yale), Jihad the Musical (Edinburgh Festival), The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Rep). She received her MFA from Yale and teaches design at NYU/PHTS. See more of her work at http://www.debo.nyc

Joe Seamans

Projection Design

This is Joe’s eighth Quantum production serving as Projection Designer. Previous productions include Maria de Buenos AiresAinadamarMnemonicAll the NamesThe Winter’s Tale, Ciara, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

C. Todd Brown

Lighting Design

Todd Brown has designed the lighting for many Quantum Theatre productions, includingPeribañez, Ciara,The Winter’s Tale, Brahman/iTAMARA, Pantagleize, Mnemonic, The Golden DragonThe Electric BabyMaria de Buenos Aires, Indian Ink, Kafka’s Chimp, Dog Face, The Voluptuous Tango, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and The Task. His lighting has also been seen locally at The Pittsburgh Playhouse, City Theatre and West Virginia Public Theatre. Other design work includes productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Contemporary American Theatre Company, Lamb’s Players Theatre, and Virginia Ballet Theatre. Todd is an Associate Professor of Lighting in the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Steve Shapiro

Sound Design

Steve Shapiro has spent 30 years as a professional sound designer around the country and the world. He is pleased to be returning to Quantum after a successful run last year with The River. He has spent the last eight years as Resident Sound Designer for The Pittsburgh Playhouse, where he has designed everything from Pinkalicious to The Scottsboro Boys. Steve spent 20 years in South Florida, where he won 4 Carbonell Awards for Best Sound Design, and spent 16 years as Resident Sound Designer of Miami’s famous Coconut Grove Playhouse.  He continues to design for theaters around the country and the world.

Felipe Garcia-Huidobro

Media Design Assistant

Felipe Garcia-Huidobro is a Chilean artist and architect. As an interdisciplinary artist, Huidobro works to create a personal view of our surroundings, questioning the everyday world, focused on the tension between natural and artificial states. Working in different medias, he tries to understand how we perceive and remember through the senses. Huidobro has won awards by the Chilean Government Institution FONDART several times and holds an MA in Art and Ephemeral Space at Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. He received his BA in Architecture from Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile.

Cory F. Goddard

Stage Manager

Cory F. Goddard is happy to be back at Quantum Theatre this summer. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, he’s been working in Pittsburgh theatre for 13 years playing with Bricolage, The REP, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Kinetic Theatre, and PICT Classic Theatre.

Connor Griffin

Sound Engineer/ASM

Connor Griffin is a Sound Engineer, Stage Worker and Musician based out of Pittsburgh, PA. He served as the Sound Engineer and Designer for West Virginia Public Theatre’s 2015 Summer Season. Since then, Connor has received his BS in Commercial Music Technology from California University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He also served as Technical Director at Little Lake Theatre for their 2016 production of Fancy Nancy. He is now a Production Assistant and Electrician at Lincoln Park, a Stage Worker for IATSE Local #3, as well as occasionally working as a contract Sound Engineer at The Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre. Additionally, he has been on stage a multitude of times, having been in the Choir for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2017)  at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Billy Boy Bill/Ensemble in Urinetown (2015) at California University of Pennsylvania, and Mark in Rent (2012) at CCAC South Campus. Connor is s trained Vocalist and self-taught Guitarist and Bassist.

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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