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2014-2015 Season



By John Krizanc;
Conceived by Richard Rose & John Krizanc
Directed by John Shepard
August 5–September 14, 2014
Rodef Shalom Congregation

Gabriele d'Annunzio


Bigger than even ambitious Quantum’s usual projects, TAMARA is the granddaddy (grandmother?) of popular trends that have produced immersive theatre like New York’s acclaimed Sleep No More.

You’re in the great home of Gabriele d’Annunzio, the Italian poet responsible for the Nationalist movement which Mussolini – Il Duce – turned into his brand of Fascism.  It’s 1927.  There is great anticipation because Tamara de Lempicka is due to arrive, the iconic Polish artist.  You’re offered a glass of champagne.  And it begins: you meet 10 characters, each fascinating, each with secrets.

Tamara de LempickaThe 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.

  A few things you'll want to know about TAMARA...

  • The experience is unique
    Patrons will follow the character of their choice (among 10) around Rodef Shalom, which has been beautifully dressed top to bottom, transformed into 1927 Italian luxury. Friends should split up to see the story from different perspectives.
  • Dress the part
    We are suggesting Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes. You will be entering the grand home of Gabriele d'Annunzio... dress up a little or make a nod to the period if you wish, who doesn't love 1920s fashion? But be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
  • To move or not to move
    Especially the fascinating servant-class characters move like the dickens and where they'll take you is really fun, skip the gym that day and don't hesitate to join them! However, if you are someone who has trouble with stairs, we'll make sure you are on a special track which will keep you on one level- and don't worry, you will see plenty on that level. Call us for special assistance or to ask more questions.
  • Six weeks. Six chefs.
    Incredible restaurant partners preparing a two-course dinner each night (E2, Above & Beyond Catering, Open Bottle Bistro, All in Good Taste Productions, Casbah, and Stagioni). Choose your night based on the dinner! Vegetarian options available with advance notice. Please call 412-362-1713 to let us know.
  • Outdoor dining
    We want you to enjoy the beautiful summer evening by dining outdoors on the terrace, the Fifth Avenue expanse of verdant green is its own blast from the past. But for those August scorchers or when it's raining, we'll move indoors to the sweet air conditioned ballroom.

STARRING: Fermin Suarez, Megan Lawrence, Robin Abramson, Ken Bolden, Ethan Hova, Rachel McKeon, Rhomas Constantine Moore, Cathryn Dylan, Tammy Tsai, and Robert Turano







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What is it like for the audience? What the video below to find out...   

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By Aditi Brennan Kapil
January 30–February 22, 2015
Location: TBD

Brahman/i is part one of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s famed and award-winning DISPLACED HINDU GODS Trilogy. One might come to see ‘One-Hijra Stand-up Comedy’ (Hijra is Hindi for intersex, possessing both sexes, or in Kapil’s humorous language, ‘all-in-one’) but much more is delivered in the deeply witty routine: an eccentric mom who has intermixed her concepts of England and India’s colonial past; the knuckleheaded reactions of adolescent boys to someone impossible to categorize; a groovy aunt who seems to understand identity issues and suggests ancient temple bas-relief as instructional.  Brahman/i is fascinating company as s/he riffs about Asia (the continent) as a dysfunctional family, the war on science in Galileo's time, the creation of Stonehenge, the naming of Mount Everest and, best of all, a thumbnail "Mahabharata," complete with romantic subplots and action sequences.

And Brahman/i ultimately ISN’T one-hijra stand-up comedy.  It’s a play, with a second character, and dramatic action between them that reaches a touching and unexpected climax, after considerable hilarity.  Obviously about identity, the work is about much more, courage, certainly, and those deities, who peek out here and will appear more overtly in plays II and III of the trilogy.  Aditi would say: Indian deities dwell among us, trying to find their way.  May it always be thus.

All the Names

All the Names

World Premiere

Adaptation based on José Saramago's book, translated by Margaret Jull Costa
Devised by Barbara Luderowski, Karla Boos, Narelle Sissons, Sarah Pickett, and Joe Seamans; Dramaturg: Megan Rivas
April 10–May 3, 2015
Location: TBD

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, and Megan Rivas.  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.

World Premiere


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