Local Pittsburgh – LOOKING TO WIND DOWN a politically edgy year with a rousing nightcap of insightful, timely and provocative Live Theatre? The new Quantum Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood’s 2013 play Chimerica provides that, along with some intriguing clues concerning the nature of the next flareup of global tensions not related to a virus.
The two-act drama follows a journalist’s obsessive quest to identify the legendary figure at the literal center of a world-famous news photo — the awe-inspiring image of the lone man with two shopping bags confronting four Chinese army tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989.
After the journalist succeeds in traversing the blind alleys and deliberate deceptions spawned by two decades of legend-making and learns what may be the truth, will he accept his discovery as fact?
Or will it be simply another tantalizing myth added to the ever-changing kaleidoscope of history?