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The River

Tony-winner Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) has delivered a poetic and haunting next play. The River is 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 the metaphors stack up, revealing what’s hidden there beside the real people in front of us and that real trout they’re going to have for supper.


October 7 – 30, 2016
Aspinwall Riverfront Park

This performance has passed.

I was completely enthralled--this show is a real pulse-quickener.

Jim Froehlich

What a night of theatre! Choosing Aspinwall Riverfront Park was genius. I left this beautiful setting deep in thought.

Beth Ivins

Cast Members



Daina Michelle


Andrew William


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Quantum’s Surreal “The River” Transfixes

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Pittsburgh Quarterly - In Richard Brautigan’s classic surrealist novel, Trout Fishing In America, the narrator visits a store selling trout streams by the foot. They are stacked in piles like pieces of…
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Stage review: ‘The River’ casts a curious net exploring love

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - On its base level, “The River” is about a sports fanatic — in this case, fly fishing — whose passions don’t translate well with women. In Quantum…
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‘The River’ actor is an angler

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Theater crowds of the past marveled at the sensation of reality when a chandelier or helicopter dropped from the ceiling. Andrew William Smith says he’s not sure…
Actors by the river

The River at Quantum Theatre

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Pittsburgh City Paper - There are so many layers and word plays in this fish tale. Quantum Theatre’s production of Jez Butterworth’s The River is funny, romantic, poetic — and almost entirely…
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Quantum Theatre brings the mystery of ‘The River’ to Aspinwall

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - All the human necessities are gathered under one roof in “The River,” an hourlong mystery about love, life and trout. An outdoorsman has taken his new girlfriend…
Actor fishing in the river at dusk

Location is everything for Quantum’s ‘The River’

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Tribune-Review - Quantum Theatre's next play is a mystery and a drama with a tinge of magical realism, says its director Adil Mansoor. “The world you are staring at is…
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Short List: Oct. 7-13

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Pittsburgh City Paper - The River is about a man, two women and fishing. Or is it? Part of the lure of this 2014 work by acclaimed British playwright Jez Butterworth…
What did you think?

What did you think of The River?

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We hope you enjoyed your Quantum experience, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on The River. Leave a comment below and tell us what you liked, disliked, or anything…