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November 27 – December 19, 2021

By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Karla Boos
Art Direction by Susan Tsu

This award-winning play reminds us of an image that arrested the world: a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Set against the background of the US 2012 election, Chimerica is a political thriller that takes a hard look at the role corruption and censorship play in China and America, and the possibility for connection between peoples even amid the adversarial posturing of governments.

Runtime: Act 1 – 65 minutes; Act 2 – 65 minutes



The Maverick, former East Liberty YMCA.
120 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Parking is available in the East Liberty Carnegie Library parking lot next to The Maverick.


Please call 412.362.1713 for questions about accessibility. Assistive listening devices will be available at all performances thanks to support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Click here to view a digital version of Chimerica’s playbill.


All patrons must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and be masked to attend the performance. Proof of vaccination can be as easy as showing a picture of your card via your phone at the box office. Visit quantumtheatre.com/safety for more information.

Chimerica’s Presenting Partner:


How much are tickets?

Weekday and Sunday tickets through December 7 are $38, and for the rest of the run are $42. Saturday tickets for Chimerica are $50.

$18 student tickets are available by calling 412.362.1713. Student groups at this rate are welcome.

How do I get there and where do I park?

Click here for directions. Parking can be found on the street or behind the Carnegie Library next to The Maverick Hotel (Tamello Beatty and Eva Beatty Parking Lot) on South Beatty Street.

The Maverick Hotel’s address is 120 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206.

Do I need to print my tickets?

Nope! When you arrive, Quantum staff will be there to check you in. Just give the name of the person who purchased the tickets. And do us a favor if that’s not you – give us your name and email address at the check-in table so we can make sure you know about future performances.

Will there be pod seating/assigned seating?

No. All performances are general admission, and there are no requirements for pod seating. Every performance will be sold to full capacity of 150 seats.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination?

Yes. All attendees 12 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination is required at the box office by simply showing a picture of your vaccination card via smartphone or by bringing a physical copy. To read more about our COVID-19 Safety Plan and to find out how subscribers can submit their proof of vaccination in advance, click here.

If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition, a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the performance or a negative antigen test within 24 hours is acceptable.


What is your COVID-19 Safety Plan?

All attendees must be fully vaccinated and masked to attend Chimerica. The company, crew, and staff are fully vaccinated, and the actors and artistic team are tested multiple times per week. Concessions besides water will not be permitted inside the theater. We are committed to the health and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff, and we will continue to monitor latest CDC guidance. Read our COVID-19 Safety Plan.


How do exchanges work?

For the safety of all patrons, if you aren’t feeling well, stay home and let us know. We’ll reschedule you to another performance, pending availability.

Subscribers may exchange with 24 hours of notice for any reason. Single-ticket buyers will incur a $5 exchange fee, except when exchanging due to illness.

Exchanges can be processed by calling 412.362.1713 or emailing boxoffice@quantumtheatre.com.

What if I need to use the restroom?

Restrooms are located within the Maverick Hotel, by stairs or elevator. Chimerica is around 150 minutes long, with one intermission.


What if I get hungry?

Concessions will be available in the hotel’s lobby before the show and during intermission. Most items are $2.


How do I support NearBuy?

Margaux, Quantum’s newest NearBuy partner, is just around the corner from The Maverick where the production of Chimerica is running until December 19. Margaux is a coffee shop and bar inspired by romantic European cafes, and offers specialty coffee, shareable plates, signature desserts, and cocktails. Simply mention that Quantum sent you when making your purchase and every dollar spent will be matched to help fight food insecurity in Pittsburgh.

Margaux’s address: 5947 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 8 AM to 11 PM / Monday & Sunday: 8 AM to 3PM

Performance Calendar

Special Performances

Opening NightMost Popular

$ 55

Post-show reception with the cast and crew

Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & director

Quantum Quaff

$ 58

Pre-show wine tasting in The Maverick's lobby

Social Q

$ 44

Pre-show event, presented by Peoples, at East Liberty's Margaux

Quantum on the Couch

$ 50

Post-show analysis with Dr. Manuel Reich


Kyle Haden*


Jason McCune*


Alison Weisgall*


Hansel Tan*

Zhang Lin

John Michnya

David, Paul, Peter

Tobias C. Wong*

Young Zhang Lin, Guard, Benny

Mei Lu Barnum*

Mary Chang, Pengsi’s Daughter, Deng, Nurse

Ariel Xiu

Liuli, Jennifer

Elena Alexandratos*

Maria, Barb, Doreen, Judy, Kate

Brian Kim*

Zhang Wei, Wang Pengsi

John Shepard*


Mimi Jong

Feng Meihui, Ming Xiaoli


Scenic Design – Noah Glaister
Lighting Design – Mary Ellen Stebbins
Projection Design – Carolina Loyola-Garcia
Costume Design – Margaret McGrann
Sound Design – Steve Shapiro
Fight Director – Randy Kovitz
Technical Specialist, Audio Engineer – Derek A. Ziarko
A2/Board Operator – Anthony Del Grosso
Production Stage Manager – Cory Goddard*
Assistant Stage Manager, Wardrobe Support, Various Roles – Sophia Grace Marshall
COVID-19 Compliance Officer, Assistant Director, Various Roles – Zev Woskoff
COVID-19 Compliance Officer 2: Joana Tsuhlares

*denotes Actors’ Equity Association member

Prop Fabrication By:


Support NearBuy at:

Quantum is happy to announce a new NearBuy partnership with East Liberty’s Margaux. Located on the corner of Highland and Penn Avenue, Margaux is a coffee shop and bar inspired by romantic European cafes, and offers specialty coffee, shareable plates, signature desserts, and cocktails. It is also just a short walk away from The Maverick, home of Chimerica, making it an easy and accessible stop before or after the show. Simply mention that Quantum sent you when making your purchase and every dollar spent will be matched to help fight food insecurity in Pittsburgh.