The Hard Problem

October 27 – November 19, 2017

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Rachel M. Stevens

Master playwright Tom Stoppard’s latest work tells the story of Hilary, a young psychologist who works in an acclaimed brain science institute. Immersed in a world of clinical rationality, she risks both her career and ridicule from her colleagues to confront the titular Hard Problem of her field head on: If we are nothing more than matter and chemical reactions then how can we explain consciousness? Filled to the brim with Stoppard’s trademark wit and intellectual energy, this play asks us to consider our own humanity and whether faith and science can coexist.

Sponsored by Wabtec Corporation

Location

Fifth Floor, Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Accessibility

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

Performance Calendar

Special Performances

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 55

Post-show receptionFriday, October 27

Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & directorSunday, October 29

Ladies Night

$ 44

Pre-show ladies happy hourWednesday, November 1

Quantum Quaff

$ 58

Pre-show wine tastingThursday, November 2

Quantum on the Couch

$ 46

Post-show analysisSaturday, November 11

Location & Directions

Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Parking lot onsite located beside the building.  And as always, follow the Q signs! 

Box Office and Check in will be located inside the Energy Innovation Center.  Take the parking lot elevator inside the building to the first floor.

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Energy Innovation Center

Formerly the Connolly Trade School, this once shuttered 200,000 square foot historic building reopened in 2014 as the Energy Innovation Center thanks to the hard work of a number of stakeholders, most notably the Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation. Even as renovations continue, the facility is humming with activity. Trade apprenticeship programs, laboratories for five different universities, and co-working spaces all call the EIC home. Furthermore, the building recently achieved LEED Platinum Certification, marking the EIC as a cutting edge example of work in energy-efficiency and sustainability. With a mission to, “engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets” the EIC shares a spirit of innovation with Quantum which has made for a very rewarding partnership.

The Hard Problem will transform the expansive fifth floor of this vibrant center for science and trade education into a immersive artistic home for our story of science and faith. Stay tuned to our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for a behind the scenes look at this metamorphosis.

Feed your Belly before your Brain

Don’t solve The Hard Problem on an empty stomach. Enjoy a gourmet boxed dinner from Chef David Bulman of Plated Trade for just $18. All dinners include a glass of wine or beverage of your choice. Just select “Dinner and Performance” in your ticket selection and note your menu selection in the comment section. We’ll have your dinner waiting for you at the box office as early as an hour before show time.

1. Memory Meal: Roast beef sandwich with horseradish aioli, arugula, tomato, herb-beef jus, on house-made ciabatta bread, and dirty potato chips

2. Cognitive Crusher: Vegan chili with mushrooms, carrots, onions, peppers, tomato, and quinoa. (Gluten free and vegan)

3. Life Extender: Butternut squash risotto with sage, parmesan, cranberry, and roasted squash. (Gluten free)

Dessert – Neurological Stimulator: Apple pie with whipped cream. (Gluten free upon request, please specify in order notes)

Cast Members

Vinny Anand

Amal

Fredi Bernstein

Julia

Ken Bolden

Leo

Daina Michelle Griffith

Ursula

Claire Hsu

Bo

Randy Kovitz

Jerry

Andrew William Smith

Spike

Alex Spieth

Hilary

Grace Vensel

Cathy

Creative Team

Rachel M. Stevens

Director

Stephanie Mayer-Staley

Scenic Design

Angela Vesco

Costume Design

Joe Spinogatti

Projection Design

Andrew David Ostrowski

Lighting Design

Steve Shapiro

Sound Design

Michelle K. Engleman

Stage Manager

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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