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Scenes from an Execution

Sly Howard Barker offers 16th century Venice as the setting to provoke 21st century audiences. Rebel female painter Galactia is commissioned by the Doge to paint a vast canvas celebrating a triumphant battle. Yes, there are tensions between personal ambition and moral responsibility seen through the lens of sexual politics. But this play defies expectation (you’ll laugh quite a bit) and how you feel at the end is anyone’s guess.

Note: Oxford Dictionary’s first definition of the word ‘execution’: the act or process of executing; carrying out something in full.

SHOWTIMES

April 5 – 27, 2024  |  7:30pm
Curtain is 7:30pm sharp. There is no late seating. Doors open at 6:30pm. The show will run for two hours, with a 15-minute intermission.

LOCATION

Staged at Abiding Missions in the neighborhood of Allentown. Download a map to help you find all of the events and parking in Allentown.

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ACCESSIBILITY

If you require accessible parking or have other accessibility needs, please call us at 412.362.1713 or email quantum@quantumtheatre.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Assistive listening devices will be available at all performances, thanks to support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Special Events

Pay What You Can Night
Wednesday, April 3

Join us for a special preview before the official opening of Scenes from an Execution, at a price that fits your budget.

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Community Night
Thursday, April 4

Community members are invited to a preview of Scenes from an Execution before it officially opens the following night!

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Opening Night
Friday, April 5

Be the first to see Scenes from an Execution! After the show, enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to socialize with the actors and creative team.

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Sunday Q&A
Sunday, April 7

Attend the first Sunday performance and stay afterwards for a discussion with the cast, crew, and creative team. Learn about the artistic inspirations and production challenges involved with each show.

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Social Q
Tuesday, April 9 | 6pm

Enjoy a special pre-show reception at Inner Groove Brewing with food and drink while you mingle with Quantum friends old and new.

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Quantum Quaff
Thursday, April 11 | 6pm

Enjoy a special pre-show reception at Inspired By Spirits at Dr. Tumblety’s with thoughtfully curated wines and food pairings.

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Ladies Night
Thursday, April 18 | 6pm

Quantum is bringing back Ladies Night, and we hope you’ll join us in a toast to our leading lady, Galactia. Her strong character stands at odds with the male centers of power. She makes a painting that is a protest of war, in its depiction of reality. But that’s just the beginning, the play sparks all kinds of ideas about art, commerce, and gender, which are especially relevant right now, and it surprises with its humor, upending expectations. Enjoy a complimentary pre-show cocktail and card reading with Rosebush Tarot at The Storyville Lounge at Dr. Tumblety’s.

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Ladies Night is sponsored by:

Hunter Associates
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Quantum on the Couch
Saturday, April 20

Join Quantum thought leaders for a post-show discussion of the play and its characters.

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Scenes from an Execution is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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