Quantum Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale. Photo by Heather Mull.

Union Trust Building

September 16 – October 3
7:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

A Baroque opera, a Shakespearean saga and a Gilded Age landmark will converge in Quantum Theatre‘s dramatic world premiere of The Winter’s Tale.

Photo by Heather Mull.
Photo by Heather Mull.

To present the ambitious production—which kicks off a new season of contemporary theater in Pittsburgh and marks Quantum’s 25th anniversary—the company has joined forces with two additional local cultural powerhouses: Chatham Baroque and Attack Theatre. With Quantum’s artistic director and founder Karla Boos at the helm—and her longtime collaborator Andres Cladera serving as music director—the multi-talented team includes Andrew Fouts, Patty Halverson and Scott Pauley of Chatham Baroque along with choreographers and dancers from Attack Theatre.

Photo by Heather Mull.
Photo by Heather Mull.

Starring in the captivating cast of 11 are Argentinean Mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young—who performed in Quantum’s Maria de Buenos Aires and Ainadamar—countertenor Andrey Nemzer, bass-baritone Eugene Perry and early music specialist David Newman. For the collaborative production, Chatham Baroque expands its trio into all-period orchestra featuring world-renowned Baroque flutist Stephen Schultz and oboeist Geoffrey Burgess.

A later work from Shakespeare’s canon dating to 1623, The Winter’s Tale blends fantasy, paradox, lament and jealousy—all while exploring the passage of life and time and the redemptive power of love. Audiences will be drawn into the story via a “Baroque assemblage” featuring iconic music by Handel, Vivaldi and Monteverdi that is interwoven with Shakespeare’s masterful text.

Photo by Heather Mull.
Photo by Heather Mull.

Spanning tragedy, comedy and romance, The Winter’s Tale follows the actions and psychological machinations of the rash king Leontes—who destroys his family on a whim during a heated moment of anger and jealousy. As the fairytale unfolds, the vivid work explores universal themes of fate, love, friendship and happiness. Along the way, theater-goers will meet kings and queens, dancing shepherds, an unusual statue and even one extremely hungry bear.

Scenic designer Tony Ferrieri has transformed the Union Trust’s opulent 19th-century music hall—located at the top of the building—into a space fit for Baroque opera, while Susan Tsu’s larger than life costumes include intricate wigs, fanciful motifs from nature and dresses adorned with gold ornamentation. The design also features video design by Joe Seamans, a variety of props and a newly constructed orchestra pit and passerelle (read: bridge).

Want to go behind-the-scenes with the cast and creative team? Attend one of Quantum’s special events, including: a community night on September 15th, opening and press night with a post-show champagne reception on September 16th, a post-show Q&A on September 20th, a Quantum Quaff wine-tasting on September 24th, a Quantum-on-the-Couch discussion on September 26th and Ladies Night on September 30th.

Purchase tickets now.

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.