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About Tamara

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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.

Setting the Scene

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.

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.

The evening

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.

Besides being a tremendous challenge, Tamara is also a lot of fun: puzzles and marathon combined.

Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper

Location & Directions

The Original Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny is located adjacent to The New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh Northside. Our entrance faces the Children’s Museum—Look for the Q!

Parking

A $5 lot is available to Quantum patrons at Allegheny Traditional Elementary Academy, a short walk from the venue. The school’s parking lot is located on the bend of N Commons/W Commons, and will be marked with a Quantum Parking sign.

Things to Know

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.

Accessibility

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

Age Appropriateness

This production contains strong, adult language that may not be appropriate for young ears.

Cast Members

John Smith

John Smith

Sam

Theatre: Yale Rep (Rice Boy), Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre (Indian Ink), Missouri Rep (Indian Ink). NY: The Play Company (Sakharam Binder), The Lark Theatre (Shishir Kurup's Merchant On Venice), The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, The Cherry Lane Theatre (Fuente), and the Hypothetical Theatre Company. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Conviction, Rescue Me. Indie Film: Loins of Punjab Presents, Walkaway. Audiobooks: Confessions of a Thug, Alif the Unseen, The Truth About Me, Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke, Three Bargains.

Jane Doe

Jane Doe

Ella

Theatre: Yale Rep (Rice Boy), Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre (Indian Ink), Missouri Rep (Indian Ink). NY: The Play Company (Sakharam Binder), The Lark Theatre (Shishir Kurup's Merchant On Venice), The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, The Cherry Lane Theatre (Fuente), and the Hypothetical Theatre Company. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Conviction, Rescue Me. Indie Film: Loins of Punjab Presents, Walkaway. Audiobooks: Confessions of a Thug, Alif the Unseen, The Truth About Me, Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke, Three Bargains.

Joe Name

Joe Name

Ben

Theatre: Yale Rep (Rice Boy), Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre (Indian Ink), Missouri Rep (Indian Ink). NY: The Play Company (Sakharam Binder), The Lark Theatre (Shishir Kurup's Merchant On Venice), The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, The Cherry Lane Theatre (Fuente), and the Hypothetical Theatre Company. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Conviction, Rescue Me. Indie Film: Loins of Punjab Presents, Walkaway. Audiobooks: Confessions of a Thug, Alif the Unseen, The Truth About Me, Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke, Three Bargains.

75
Costumes
50
Evenings
15
Cast members
20
Rooms

Special Performances

Opening Night

$ 44

Post-show receptionWednesday, April 15

 

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Ladies Night

$ 51

Pre-show ladies happy hourThursday, April 16

 

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Quantum QuaffWines paired with the play!

$ 46

Pre-show wine tastingSunday, April 18

 

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Quantum on the Couch

$ 38

Post-show analysisSunday, April 12

 

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Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & directorThursday, April 23

 

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Regular-run Schedule

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