Quantum Theatre teases new season during private reception
“It's forever changing,” said Philip Ferland. “It's always new, it's never static. You never know what you're going to be shown. Some of the best creative people work on these productions.”
The audible praise floating through the air on June 6 settled like a crown on Quantum Theatre, which took a bow in front of 175 advocates, supporters, and new members to kick off its 27th season and introduce a new face.
“This is the type of theater I'm really passionate about,” said managing director Stewart Urist, CMU and Ford's Theatre alum. “It's a fresh way to reach new audiences, a whole level beyond what a proscenium theater production is.”
Embracing the theme “pushing buttons,” the 2017-2018 season will include “Red Hills” by Sean Lewis (also Quantum's first collab with a New York Company), “The Hard Problem” by Tom Stoppard, and “Inside Passage” by Pittsburgh playwright Gab Cody and “Chatterton,” a one-night, subscriber-only event on the docket for January 2018, which is being dubbed as Quantum's “opus-in-the-making for 2018-19.”
“Pittsburgh has so much going on,” said George Walczak. “Quantum has that special niche. It's innovative and mysterious.”
But proving even more alluring was the theatre's founder and artistic director.
“Karla (Boos) is a force of nature,” said Mark Flaherty.
The event was held at the Union Project.
On the list: Jack Brice, Bruce Crocker, board president Mary Murrin, Duane Seppi, Waverly Duck, Erica and Jason Snyder, Tracy Mahood, Phil and Susan Smith, Bill Wood and Teresa DallaPiccola-Wood, Patricia Graw, Rob Long, Caryn Rubinoff.