Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chamber Opera Now Getting a Staging by Quantum Theatre

Kevin Glavin, Katy Williams, Ian McEuen In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Credit: Heather Mull

Known for its cutting edge plays, Quantum Theatreis currently staging an opera based on the book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat!

“I feel...that I am equally, if inadequately, a theorist and dramatist.” So Oliver Sacks states in the preface to his 1985 work. We see just how correct he was when Michael Nyman dramatized that very text four years later.

Oliver Sacks’ compelling case history of a man experiencing the loss of his sight... a victim of “visual agnosia”, deals with his inability to form a whole percept of visual information. In layman’s terms, the Man could look at, say, his wife’s head, see abstract shapes as opposed to her identifying features, and confuse those shapes for a hat.

The opera features sweeping, emotional music by Nyman, composer of The Piano, and an orchestra of seven. Leading the singers is basso buffo Kevin Glavin in the titular role of Dr. P. , Ian McEuen in the tenor role of Oliver Sacks (known as Dr. S.), and soprano Katy Williams as Mrs. P., the patient’s very patient wife. Quantum adds its special twists: a quirky, accessible site, chosen to facilitate visuals by media designer Joe Seamans, who helps us to empathize with Dr. P., to ‘see what he sees’.
A Scene from the Play Credit: Heather Mull

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat By Michael Nyman
Libretto by Christopher Rawlence, Michael Morris and Oliver Sacks, based on his book
Music Direction by Andres Cladera
Stage Direction by Karla Boos

For tickets, phone call 412-362-1713.Performance Location: 200 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, in the heart of East Liberty at the corner of N. Highland Avenue and Broad Street

Where to Park?
Parking lot in the block of the site, at the corner of Centre Avenue and Broad Street. And as always, follow the Q!

No Late Seating. Please be prompt (thank you!).

The show runs 70 minutes with no intermission. If you exit early, you won't be able to be re-seated. Please visit the restrooms before the show starts (very clean Porta-johns. Or be forewarned and make that pit stop at your pre-theatre dining spot!)

Boxed Dinners
If you purchased dinners, your dinner will be waiting for pick up as early as 5:30 for 7 pm shows (Sundays), and 6:30 for 8 pm shows (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays). You’ll eat your boxed dinners comfortably seated in a convivial spot a couple doors down – the former Pig & Chicken Restaurant at 220 N. Highland Avenue (with restrooms!). Please go straight there to begin your evening.
Katy Williams and Kevin Gavin Credit: Heather Mull

Learn More
Visit website www.quantumtheatre.com for more information, photos, and videos.

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