About The Master Builder

April 8–May 1, 2016

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Martin Giles

Quantum’s affinity for Ibsen continues in collaboration with the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Art. Directed by Martin Giles, The Master Builder will take audiences inside an iconic Modernist structure of some controversy: the soon-to-be-reimagined Nova Place, and into the mind of architect Halvard Solness, whose principles drive him past conventional morality and threaten to destroy him.
Many performances includes further discussion on Modernism and architecture in Pittsburgh. Please see a complete list of special events and discussions here.


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


Nova Place (former Allegheny Center), North Side

A superb, haunting performance by each of the actors.


The play was incredible. John Shephard, the main actor was marvelous. He stole the show!


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Location & Directions

Quantum heads to the North Side! The Master Builder is staged at the former Allegheny Center complex, now Nova Place: 100 S. Commons Street, 15212.

We recommend parking in the garage under Two Allegheny Center. Enter the parking garage from East Commons Street via Gate 6 (This garage requires payment). Or, you may opt for street parking, which is free after 6pm. Take elevator up to the 9th floor… and as always, follow the Q!



Cast Members

John Shepard

Halvard Solness

Catherine Moore

Aline Solness

Thomas Constantine Moore

Ragnar Brovik

Hayley Nielsen

Hilda Wangel

John Reilly

Knut Brovik

Kelly Trumbull

Kaja Fosli

Philip J. Winters

Dr. Herdal

Special Performances

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 50

Post-show receptionFriday, April 8


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Quantum on the Couch

$ 46

Post-show analysisSaturday, April 9


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Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & directorSunday, April 10


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Ladies Night

$ 44

Pre-show ladies happy hourWednesday, April 13


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Quantum Quaff

$ 51

Pre-show wine tastingThursday, April 14


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April 17, 6pm: Pre-show discussion about Modernist Architecture in Pittsburgh (with architect Art Lubetz)

April 20, 7pm: Pre-show discussion about Modernist Architecture in Pittsburgh and specifically Frank Lloyd Wright (with architect Tasso Katselas)

April 27, 7pm: Pre-show tour of Nova Place with developers Faros Company
April 29, 7pm: Pre-show discussion about Modernist Architecture in Pittsburgh (with Heinz Architectural Center’s Raymund Ryan and Principals of Over,Under)

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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