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August 2 – 25, 2019

A World Premiere by María José Galleguillos
Original Music by Emily Pinkerton

Starring Carolina Loyola-Garcia

Music Direction by Daniel Nesta Curtis
Stage Direction by Karla Boos

Quantum makes a world premiere based on the life, music, and multi-dimensional art of Violeta Parra. Pablo Neruda introduced her authentic interpretation of Chilean folk music to the world. Joan Baez sang her songs and emulated her activism. The Louvre exhibited her embroideries. And yet she eludes easy understanding, so we take the attitude of her brother, poet Nicanor Parra, and seek her essence in hauntingly beautiful music. Parra elevated all South American people, her music synonymous with protest movements that resisted dictatorships and improved the lives of thousands.

Learn more about her life here

About the experience:

We’ve erected a tent – a Quantum first – in Frick Park, representative of Violeta’s peñas – where music and dancing, food and drink provided cover for activism. Make an evening of your experience by dining pre-show at our restaurant partner, Larder, or picnic in beautiful Frick park. Food Trucks will be on-site during select performances starting 2 hours before performance time.

August 1, 4 – La Palapa
August 8, 14, and 21 – Taquitos

After you eat,  join us under the tent (in our comfortable chairs and glass of complimentary sangria in-hand) to celebrate Violeta’s inspiration, in six-part harmony with a live four-piece band.


Frick Park Lawn Bowling Greens – 7300 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.



Assistive listening devices will be available at all performances of Looking for Violeta thanks to the support of the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Marked parking spots are available for patrons with accessibility needs on the Homewood Trail, parallel to Reynolds.  If you anticipate needing any sort of accommodation, or just have questions, please call 412-362-1713 or email

The performance runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Performance Calendar

Special Performances

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 55

Post-show receptionSaturday, August 3

Sunday Q&A

$ 38

With the cast & directorSunday, August 4

Social Q - Sponsored by Reed Smith

$ 44

Explore the neighborhoodWednesday, August 7

Quantum Quaff

$ 58

Pre-show wine tastingThursday, August 8

Quantum on the Couch

$ 50

Post-show analysisSaturday, August 17
Logo for The Larder restaurant in East End Brewery

Larder is Quantum Theatre’s restaurant partner for Looking for Violeta. Larder is chef Justin Severino and Hilary Prescott Severino’s casual, counter-service restaurant inside East End Brewing’s tasting room in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. The menu features barbecue, rustic sandwiches and European pub fare that perfectly complements brewer Scott Smith’s award-winning beers.

Let your server know that you are dining before attending a performance of Looking for Violeta and a portion of your check will be donated back to support our work!

Location & Directions

Frick Park Lawn Bowling Greens – 7300 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Ample street parking is available in the neighborhood on Reynolds, S. Lexington Avenue, Carnegie Place, and others.

We ask that you do not park on Dunfermline St. adjacent to the greens or its two offshoots: Richland Manor Drive and Ben Hur St. Residents have expressed their need for all of the limited parking spaces on these narrow dead-end streets. We appreciate your help in our efforts to be good neighbors during our time in Point Breeze.


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Join Quantum and The Incline at Social Q at East End Brewing – have a beer before the show on us with live music. Get your ticket here and select Social Q -Reception and Performance.