Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – #IPutASpellOnYou: Romance was in the air for Quantum Theatre on Saturday night as more than 300 guests celebrated the thread that connects us all: Love. This annual event is always an enchanting evening, and as partygoers made their way to HIP at the Flashlight Factory, it was clear that love was in the air for this beloved organization that celebrates the human experience in exciting ways through its unique theatrical experiences.
Whether you let loose with friends or found your lover on the dance floor, everyone basked in the soulful sounds of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, indulged in savory bites from Black Radish Kitchen, and got lost in the magic of Quantum’s pop-up performances inspired by love through the ages. Tammy Tsai read love fortunes, Abigail Lis-Perlis performed predictive text love poetry created by guests, and a magician roamed the party, performing love-themed sleight of hand. The four lovers from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” made a bit of a scene with their quarrel before reconciling in the venue’s courtyard hot tub.
A surprise gospel performance led by the Rev. Deryck Tines kicked off the dance party as guests partied on to the sounds of DJ Big Phill. “The Q Ball is always a special time for us,” said founder and artistic director Karla Boos. “We love gathering with the artists and supporters who make our theater possible. This year, it felt especially meaningful to spend the evening celebrating love and togetherness in Pittsburgh. We love our city.” To learn more about Quantum Theatre: quantumtheatre.com.
#SEEN: Event co-chairs Pam and Ken McCrory, Shelly Pagac and Drew Barnes, Erica and Jason Snyder. Board president Carole King, Chip Burke, Bill and Vivian Benter, Tacy Byham, Tracy and Nick Certo, Philip Ferland and Doug Nolder, Mark Flaherty and Mary McKinney Flaherty, Richard Parsakian, Al Philp, Debra and Manuel Reich.