The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

November 25- December 11, 2016

Music Direction by Andres Cladera
Stage Direction by Karla Boos


“Compelling…important…NEEDS TO BE SEEN.” – Los Angeles Times

“Sterling.” –  The New York Times

A Chamber Opera by Michael Nyman, with libretto by Christopher Rawlence, Michael Morris, and Oliver Sacks, based on his book.
Music Direction by Andres Cladera; Stage Direction by Karla Boos; projection design by Joe Seamans

When one sense fails us, another takes over—and lets us live with newfound joy.

Based on Oliver Sacks’ cherished book, this story of a musician who loses his sight challenges all we know about how we view the world.  It’s a potent parable is a deeply empathetic, singularly moving event.  This chamber opera features a seven-piece orchestra, three sterling singers, and a vibrant video projection that promise to let us see life more clearly and brightly than ever before.

Expect a multi-sensory experience that sharpens the senses and stirs the soul.

Cladera, Boos, and Seamans hope to again marry sublime music and visuals, as they did for The Winter’s Tale, Ainadamar, and Maria de Buenos Aires


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


200 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  In the heart of East Liberty at the corner of N. Highland Avenue and Broad Street.

REVIEW: Pittsburgh Quarterly, Stuart Sheppard

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“Nietzsche famously castigated Euripides for killing the tradition of the chorus in Greek tragedy, because the audience no longer had music to inform its comprehension. He even felt that Euripides…

Dinner Partner:

Looking for a place to dine before the performance? We recommend The Twisted FrenchmanWhitfield at Ace Hotel, Livermore.  

The Twisted Frenchman– Reservations required.  Enjoy a free exclusive appetizer when you mention you are a Quantum Theatre patron.
128 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Reservations: 412-361-1340, or reserve Online (Fridays and Saturdays often are booked a month in advance).  We recommend making reservations for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays.
Open Tues-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm, and Sun 5pm-9pm.

Whitfield at Ace Hotel–  15% off at Whitfield on the night of the performance with a ticket stub
120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Reservations: (412) 361-3300, or at OpenTable, Reservations not required.
Open for dinner Sun-Thurs 5pm-10pm, and Fri-Sat 5pm-12am

LivermoreReservations not required.  Enjoy a complimentary snack on the night of the performance with confirmation email.
124 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 361-0600
Open Tues-Thurs 5pm-11pm, and Fri-Sat 5pm-12am

Dine in Historic East Liberty

Enjoy a hot boxed dinner from fabulous chef David Bulman of Plated Trade. Dine with your Quantum companions indoors at one of East Liberty’s landmarks.  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 6:30 pm before the show.

Make sure you select “Dinner and Performance” in your ticket selection.

1.Veggie Cassoulet- A Veggie Cassoulet of white beans and local winter vegetables.* (Vegetarian & Gluten Free)

2. Basil Pesto Penne- Basil pesto penne with roasted red peppers, prosciutto, and hazel nuts.*

3. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche- Broccoli cheddar quiche with mixed green salad and balsamic dressing.*

4. Pan Roasted Chicken Breast- Pan roasted chicken breast with glazed Brussels sprouts, and potato purée.* (Gluten Free)

All dinners come with chocolate cheesecake with vanilla bean whipped cream for dessert and a glass of wine or a bottle of water.
Place your order in the comment box on the check our page!

*no substitutions

Everyday’s a Sundae

If you are in the East End for breakfast, lunch, or if you are looking for quality pastries,  check out Everyday’s a Sundae. Located at 6014 Center Avenue. They are also available to cater your next event.

Classic Lines

If you are interested in reading Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, you can find copies at Classic Lines, books and more  located at 5825 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill.

Location & Directions

200 N Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  In the heart of East Liberty at the corner of N. Highland Avenue and Broad Street

Parking lot in the block of the site, at the corner of Centre Avenue and Broad Street. And as always, follow the Q! 

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Cast Members

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Mrs P
Katy Williams

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Doctor S
Ian McEuen

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Kevin Glavin


Johanna Chastek, Violin 1
Zachary Flaus, Cello 2
Bronwyn Hagerty, Cello 1
Nikray Kowsar, Viola

Joey Molinaro, Violin 2
Natalie Stafford, Harp
Nick Stamatakis, Piano

Special Performances

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 50

Post-show reception

Friday, November 25

Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & director

Sunday, November 27

Ladies Night

$ 44

Pre-show ladies happy hour

Wednesday, November 30

Quantum Quaff

$ 51

Pre-show wine tasting

Friday, December 2

Quantum on the Couch

$ 46

Post-show analysis

Saturday, December 3

NEW! Quantum Science

$ $38

Per Month

Sunday, December 11

Performance Calendar

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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