Photo by Heather Mull

Javo Studios

November 20 – December 6
8 p.m., 7 p.m., 3 p.m.

A Baroque twist on Shakespeare set amidst a Gilded Age landmark. A 1920s Italian dinner party roaming throughout the historic Rodef Shalom Congregation.  A pop-up comedy club animating the Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center.

Photo by Heather Mull
Photo by Heather Mull

These kinds of creative endeavors continue to inform and define Pittsburgh-based Quantum Theatre—whose founder and artistic director Karla Boos just won a Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award. This fall will be no less ambitious for the innovative homegrown company, as the Quantum team asks: what would the story of one family look like through the eyes of their four chickens?

Written, produced and set in Pittsburgh, Chickens in the Yard is being staged inside the ground floor of Lawrenceville-based Javo Studios. A chicken coop, a family drama, gay identity and a photography studio all come together in Quantum’s latest site-specific production.

The creative process finds Quantum embracing new collaborators and looking to uncharted territory to produce the contemporary new work. Written by Paul Kruse and directed by Adil Mansoor—both from the Pittsburgh-based multidisciplinary theater organization Hatch Arts CollectiveChickens in the Yard explores the experiences of one couple as they “journey from the families that raised them to the family they choose to create together,” as well as issues surrounding partnerships, individuality, familial bonds and a sense of belonging.

Photo by Heather Mull
Photo by Heather Mull

The first production of Hatch Arts, the play stars Laurie Klatscher (Lucille Two, Joyce), Siovhan Christensen (Anne Hutchinson, Abby), Joseph McGranaghan (Bruce Lee, John) and Alec Silberblatt (Eleanor Roosevelt, Tom). Original live music will be performed by Morgan Erina and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

The play marks another milestone for Quantum as it’s the company’s inaugural production in the recently established Gerri Kay New Voices Program. Named for the late friend and mentor of Boos—an advocate for civil rights, social justice and the arts who passed away in 2014—the new program allows Quantum to support and mentor developing artists.

Additional local artists working on the production’s design team are Britton Mauk (scenic), Patrick Hayes (lighting), Jenn Gooch (costume) and David Bielewicz (sound).

Community programs running in conjunction with the play include a Q&A with the cast and director on November 22nd; a Ladies Night pre-show happy hour on November 25th; a
Quantum Quaff pre-show wine tasting on December 3rd; and a Quantum on the Couch post-show analysis program on December 5th.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.