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The Winter’s Tale

World Premiere

The mode: Baroque assemblage, the best music of Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, and others set with Shakespeare’s text, in English.

Artistic Director Karla Boos and Music Director Andres Cladera collaborate with Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson, and Scott Pauley of Chatham Baroque, with additional musical contributions by Justin Wallace. Attack Theatre provides choreography, and its four dancers join a cast of eleven singers and an all-period orchestra.

The world-class musicians include Baroque flutist Stephen Schultz, oboist Geoffrey Burgess, and Baritone David Newman in the role of Leontes.  Designers Joe Seamans, Susan Tsu, Tony Ferrieri,  and Todd Brown will go to town in a magnificent location: the 19th Century-style music hall at the top of the jewel in Downtown’s crown, the Union Trust Building.


September 16 – October 3, 2015
Union Trust Building

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About the Experience

Once again Quantum Theatre is attracted to the late plays in Shakespeare’s canon, full of fantasy, paradox, the elegiac sense of life passing, and ultimately the redemptive power of love. A moment of jealousy and an act of anger lead to a lifetime of regret for Leontes, the rash king who destroys his family on a whim. But as time goes on, fate, love, and a few true friends are ready to work wonders to restore happiness to his world. In this late fairytale of Shakespeare, nothing is truly lost—certainly not love—if only we know where to seek it. The Winter’s Tale sweeps breathtakingly from tragedy to comedy and along the way visits kings and queens, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue, and one notoriously hungry bear, before it reaches its stunning, magical conclusion.

Cast Members

Rebecca Belczyk

Rebecca Belczyk


Cosmo Clemens

Cosmo Clemens


Shannon Dooley

Shannon Kessler Dooley


Robert Frankenberry


Dan Kempson

Dan Kempson


Gail Novak Mosites


Andrey Nemzer

Andrey Nemzer


David Newman


Eugene Perry

Eugene Perry


Katy Shackleton Williams

Katy Williams


Raquel Winnica Young

Raquel Winnica Young



Geoffrey Burgess, Oboe I
Andrew Fouts, Violin I
Patricia Halverson, Gamba
Matthew Hettinga, Viola
Sarah Huebsch, Oboe II
Scott Pauley, Theorbo
Dawn Posey, Violin II
Stephen Schultz, Flute
Justin Wallace, Harpsichord
Sue Yelanjian, Double Bass


Kaitlin Dann
Dane Toney
Ashley Williams
Anthony Williams

Saw incredible Winter’s Tale last night, and all I can say is: I’ll be going again. And hopefully again.

David Sogg

This was a spectacular production. The music, singing, dancing and staging were superb. This production deserves a national audience.

Jack Ochs

We thought the opera was magical. Beautifully sung and gorgeously executed, and the orchestra was phenomenal. We both had very colorful dreams the night after seeing the show!

Daina Griffith

I LOVED the performance. It was a great operatic interpretation, had great richness and layering in the costumes, music and staging, and was a wonderful creative collaboration of theater, dance and music. Amazing and wonderful!

Hal Hayes

This was a superb production, one that made me Pittsburgh proud. If the Pirates don’t make the World Series this year, we have “The Winter’s Tale” to cheer for. Rah, rah, rah!

David Zuchowski

Absolutely wonderful experience! The acting, the costumes, the music and orchestra, the words of shakespeare perfectly tuned into songs, the visuals and lighting. We felt we experienced the quality of Shakespeare as well as the music of great composers. Original, Creative, and outstanding! Could go on and on! Have recommended to friends relatives…this is a Don’t Miss event!


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