The King of Carrie Furnace

By: Amanda Narcisi

Photo by: Jeffrey Carpenter

Photo by: Jeffrey Carpenter

If you think of theater in Pittsburgh, the last place you think of for a stage is the Carrie Furnace, but Quantum Theater is breaking that mold.

The King

The classic Shakespeare play, King Lear, is the tragedy of a king descending into madness. He gets rid of his kingdom after his daughter egged him on. The English Restoration brought a happy ending to this tragedy.

King Lear tells the story of King Lear and his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. All three daughters had to declare there love for the King as he started to divide the kingdom. As each daughter spoke he gave them a piece of the domain, however, Cordelia went last and refused to say anything based on watching her father hand out the kingdom right after the declarations. In the end, her third got divided into two and then given to Goneril and Regan.

The Earl of Gloucester and the Earl of Kent then realized that the kingdom was really divided to the husbands, Duke of Albany (Goneril's husband) and the Duke of Cornwall (Regan's husband). As a result, Kent protests and King Lear banishes him from the kingdom.

The play continues on with cases of mistaken identity, marriages, and war.

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The Unique Stage

What a more exciting stage for King Lear than Carrie Furnace. Each Act will take place in a different part of Carrie Furnace. This includes the Carrie Dear and the Iron Garden. The following are special evenings:

  • Pay What You Can Night on Wednesday, May 8th

  • Community Night on Thursday, May 9th, complimentary underwritten tickets for residents of Swissvale, Rankin, Braddock, Munhall, Homestead, and West Homestead.

  • Opening/Press Night on Friday, May 10th, with a post-show champagne reception.

  • Post-Show Q&A on Sunday, May 12th, Q&A session with the cast and team.

  • Social Q sponsored by Reed Smith LLP on Wednesday, May 15th, a reception and look at Pittsburgh through Quantum's eyes.

  • Quantum Quaff sponsored by Maher Duessel on Thursday, May 16th, a pre-show wine tasting event.

  • Quantum-on-the-Couch on Saturday, May 18th, a post-show discussion of the psychology of the characters led by Dr. Manuel Reich, Psychiatrist and Artistic Director Karla Boos

  • Meet the Editors on Wednesday, May 22nd, a pre-show discussion of King Lear with editors James Kincaid and Julian Markels and the themes they sought to highlight with their new treatment

King Lear begins May 10th and continues through June 2nd. Free parking in lot available on-site. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412-362-1713 or online at www.quantumtheatre.com/king-lear. Prices range from $43-$63. Tours of Carrie Blast Furnaces available pre-show on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

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