By John Krizanc;
Conceived by Richard Rose & John Krizanc
Directed by John Shepard
August 5–September 14, 2014
Rodef Shalom Congregation
The barrier between spectator and actor is dissolved. TAMARA has been described like an elaborate movie set, with each audience member poised as a camera. The audience certainly has choices to make, journeying from room to room in Rodef Shalom Congregation, a magnificent stand-in for Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. As characters leave a room, which will you follow? Or will you wait and see who shows up? As in life, each is the star of his own story and the stories intersect (think Downton Abbey) with the audience free to drop in on their most dramatic moments.
Performing in about two hours, the evening is a bit longer because the audience shares a wonderful Intermezzo dinner outside on the terrace. Quantum will partner with six restaurateur/caterers, one for each of the six weeks of the run, as well as with Pittsburgh’s greatest decorators and antiques dealers to dress the Henry Hornbostle-designed facility.
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By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Shishir Kurup
January 30–February 22, 2015
Punchlines Off Penn
Q's pop-up comedy club
In this charming play set as a stand-up comedy routine, a hijra (the Hindi word for an intersex person) explores history, mythology, gender roles... and high school. Brahman/i - funny, cynical, inventive and intensely charismatic - takes on more than a dozen unforgettable characters in a fascinating life story that reveals observations of the world from adolescence to adulthood, and takes the audience on a voyage to answer the universal question, "Where do I fit in?" Brahman/i is a compelling and hilarious 90-minutes examining identity, curiosity, courage, and the assigned roles in which we often find ourselves trapped.
Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil was drawn to Brahma, the great cosmic spirit in the Hindi pantheon who is genderless, liberated, and true. Her writing in this play describes someone who will never fit into any single category, yet owns the power of that space. Kapil writes, "The play is by/about/for people who never fit in, who no longer care, and the power that comes with the moment of self-creation."
Brahman/i is Part 1 of Kapil's trilogy, Displaced Hindu Gods, which consists of three plays riffing on the three deities of the Hindu Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Kapil conceived the trilogy as a way to explore the Indian part of her heritage, "as a woman, as a person of mixed race, as an immigrant twice over, as a person who lives amidst an amazing diaspora that flies in the face of any attempt at stereotyping. We need stories to understand ourselves, both individually and in the contaext of society." In an unprecedented circumstance, two parts of the trilogy, Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki, were both short-listed for the prestigious British drama award for English-language plays, the James Tait Black Prize. Ms. Kapil is Playwright in Residence at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.
Adaptation based on José Saramago's book, translated by Margaret Jull Costa
Devised by Barbara Luderowski, Karla Boos, Narelle Sissons, Sarah Pickett, Joe Seamans, Megan Rivas, and Cindy Limauro
April 10–May 3, 2015
World premiere adaptation based on José Saramago's Nobel Prize winning book, translated by Margaret Jull Costa
A team of collaborators and a fascinating premise: make José Saramago’s Nobel Prize-winning novel a three-dimensional, theatrical experience. Karla Boos and the Mattress Factory's Barbara Luderowski lead a group of artists that also includes Joe Seamans, Narelle Sissons, Sarah Pickett, Megan Rivas, and Cindy Limauro. What results might look like theatre from one perspective, but installation art from another, allowing Luderowski’s love of architecture, sculpture, and assemblage to contribute in a fundamental way, and asking patrons to forget everything they know about the traditional theater experience and become completely immersed in José Saramago's beautiful story, about Senhor José, a lowly clerk in the Central Registry of an unnamed city, obsessed with collecting and on a journey to find a mysterious woman who has slipped through the cracks of Kafka-esque categorization.
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