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2016-2017 Season

Press Release: 2016-17 Season Announcement

By May 4, 2016August 14th, 2023No Comments
Quantum Theater

Time to begin our next 25 years.  2016-17 is filled with new collaborators and old friends tackling new challenges.  We’ll reflect the widest dimensions of the Spanish-speaking world; poetic interpretations of nature worthy of Blake and Yeats; the mysteries of the human brain; and political cycles all too familiar… in a season that explores, excavates, and offers up the truths we find.
Artistic Director Karla Boos

For release Wednesday, May 11 | contact:  Stevie Sheridan 412-362-1713 |

Who:   Quantum Theatre
What: 26th Season Announcement – 2016-2017
When: Press/Patron Cocktail Event and Film Screening Wednesday May 11, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: 11 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Subscriptions are available by calling 412-362-1713, 10 am-5 pm or online at
Prices for the 4-show subscription season: $115 – $165, up to 30% off the single ticket price.

The Season Announcement party will feature a special short film made by Janet Smith and Mark Knobil over the past year that celebrates the company’s 25-year history. Two screenings of the 15-minute film will occur at 6:30pm and 7:30pm

Peribañez  |  August 5 – 28, 2016 | Rose Garden at Mellon Park

By Lope de Vega; contemporary adaptation by Tanya Ronder
Directed by Megan Monaghan Rivas and Tlaloc Rivas
Starring Gerri Kay New Voices Program Fellows Siddiq Saunderson , Isabel Pask, and Freddy Miyares

A wedding in a working-class farm community is upended by an aristocrat’s vision of the bride in this play that subversively explores class and gender roles.  The Commander’s obsession with the blameless and beautiful Casilda sets the stage for ripe irony, as he ‘raises’ Peribanez to knighthood and attempts to deflect his defenses from the enemy at home to the enemies of State.

A rare event: Quantum returns to a beloved outdoor site, the urban oasis of the walled Jennie King Rose Garden in the heart of Mellon Park, for a sublime summer offering featuring live music and the spectacle of the Spanish Golden Age in this exquisite re-imagining of a lesser-known classic play.


The River  |  October 7 – 30, 2016

By Jez Butterworth
Directed by Adil Mansoor

Jez Butterworth followed his smash Tony-winner Jerusalem with this poetic and haunting play: part mystery, part gothic thriller, and 100% homage to the art of trout fishing.  A man has brought a new girlfriend to a remote cabin in the woods, by a river.  So far, so straightforward, but a journey into metaphors and hidden meanings follows, as sure as they’re going to gut and cook that fish in front of us. Quantum produced Butterworth’s acclaimed Parlour Song in 2012.

Adil Mansoor (member of the Hatch Arts Collective) made his directorial debut with Chicken in the Yard and Quantum eagerly looks forward to his return as he lays a sensitive hand on this great material about past, present, and nature, recently lauded on Broadway where it starred Hugh Jackman.


The Man Who Mistook His Wife  |  November 25 – December 11, 2016

A Chamber Opera by Michael Nyman, with libretto by Christopher Rawlence and Michael Morris
After Oliver Sacks’ book by the same title based on his case study
Music Direction by Andres Cladera; Stage Direction by Karla Boos; projection design by Joe Seamans

Neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote movingly about a case in which a great musician is struck with ‘visual blindness.’  The opera explores his musical substitution for the familiar sights of the things he held dear, including the face of his wife, with the Schumann he played masterfully.  True story; apt subject for an opera; the work for 3 singers, a string quartet and piano marries empathy for those under the blanket term ‘disability’ with a gorgeous score by the composer of the film The Piano.

Cladera, Boos, and Seamans hope to again marry sublime music and visuals, as they did for The Winter’s Tale, Ainadamar, and Maria de Buenos Aires


Collaborators  |  April 7 – 30, 2017

by John Hodge
Directed by Jed Allen Harris

Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humor; even more so a sense of freedom. Dissident playwright Mikhail Bulgakov has both, despite being stalked by the secret police.  Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer after he’s offered a poisoned chalice in exchange for freedom: write a play glorifying Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Jed Allen Harris reassembles his amazing design team from an acclaimed Quantum work circa 2010: The Task’s Narelle Sissons, Susan Tsu, C. Todd Brown, and Joe Pino


Subscriptions are available by calling 412-362-1713, 10 am-5 pm or online at

Prices for the 4-show subscription season: $115 – $165, up to 30% off the single ticket price. Subscribers are a part of the Q-mmunity, an intimate group of Pittsburgh’s most adventurous theatre crowd (prices go up June 1st) and receive the following…

Subscriber Benefits:

Save now
Season subscribers save 30% compared to the price of a single ticket at the door.

Backstage Tour
Instead let’s call this an intimate trip through the place we’re currently calling home; a guided tour through our site-specific shows; a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration and crazy challenges.

Ticket exchange
Babysitter bail on you?  Quantum makes it easy to reschedule, a benefit only for subscribers.  Just contact us before your previously-selected show date (difference charged with an upgrade).

 One Free Drink at Each Show
Everyone got a free drink last year, but this year, we’re limiting this to a subscriber-only perk!


Special Subscriptions:

Opening Night
Opening night subscribers receive all subscriber benefits, plus a post-show reception with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to socialize with the actors and creative team.

Post-Show Discussion Sundays
First Sunday performance of each run includes a post-show discussion with the artists.

Ladies Night
Grab your girlfriend, sister, mother, or daughter and join a group of fabulous women on Ladies Night –the first Wednesday performance of each run. A fun, casual networking and socializing happy hour precedes the performance. Share your Quantum experience with a ladies-only audience!

Quantum Quaff
Join us for a special pre-show tasting. Quantum board member/wine connoisseur, Jack Brice, will thoughtfully urate a evening of tastings, pairing wine or spirits with the themes of each play.

Quantum on the Couch
Join Karla Boos and Dr. David Orbison, Ph.D., of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center in a discussion focusing on the psychology of each play. Bring your wisdom, your interpretations, and your personal experiences. Quantum on the Couch provides the opportunity to interact with the audience in ways that can deepen and enlarge our enjoyment of the plays.

New This Year…
Drinks with the Director!
Sit down over cocktails with the Director of each production and dive deeper into Quantum’s creative process. Learn what inspires them and what they’ve discovered along the way. Planning a weekend in New York? Pick their brains for what to see while you’re there! For an additional $50, you’ll have a chance to connect in a meaningful way with Quantum’s amazing artists.

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