Quantum looks to have an 'Affair' in Polish Hill

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Quantum Theatre has found a home in Polish Hill for its world-premiere adaptation of Graham Greene's 1951 novel, "The End of the Affair."

The former Emma Kaufmann Clinic at 3028 Brereton St. is the latest stop for the found-space company that used the courtyard of a former West Penn research facility for the season-opening "Twelfth Night."

Quantum chief Karla Boos, who directed "Twelfth Night," points out that the courtyard was the company's "10th outdoor venue and the only one in which we never had to cancel once for rain; it usually averages about two. So 19 performances all in!"

For "The Affair," Quantum moves indoors, with Martin Giles directing Karla Boos' script that focuses on World War II lovers Maurice and Sarah. The just-announced cast is Tony Bingham and new-to-Pittsburgh Claire Syler as the couple. James Fitzgerald fills out the cast by playing five roles.

The love story will unfold in a room that was once a Polish Falcons gathering spot, restored by building owner Stephen Mesich "in a minimal way that we like," Ms. Boos said. She described a vaulted wooden ceiling and wooden floors that make for "exquisite acoustics" and high windows that "cast shadows of crucifixes into the space -- appropriate."

"The End of the Affair" runs Oct. 6-30, Wednesday through Sunday. More info: www.quantumtheatre.com.

Return engagement

Composer Stephen Schwartz will be in Pittsburgh during the run of "Wicked" that opens at the Benedum Center Sept. 7, in part to see the current touring company and in part for workshops with students at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.

He has been seeing the world as "Wicked" opens productions from Finland to Japan, and he likes to keep up with North American companies as well. As for returning to CMU, "I try to get back once a year. I feel I have to give back because they did so much for me."

Kelly Strayhorn presents ...

There's dance, theater and film on the fall schedule for the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, including two local premieres of one-man shows:

• "Poet in New York" is a 1927 slice of the life of Spanish poet, playwright and director Federico Garcia Lorca, as told through spoken word and dance by Dito Van Reigersberg of Pig Iron Theatre Company. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, with the second show in Spanish.

• "Silver-tongued, jive-talking ... spiritual alchemist" Brian Osborne performs the high-energy monologue in "The WORD: A House Party for Jesus." Oct. 14-15; more info: kelly-strayhorn.org.

City's Frankel Awards

City Theatre bestows the 18th Frankel Awards Sept. 21 to Douglas Levine and David L. Porges. City's annual ceremony commemorates outstanding artistic and philanthropic contributions to Pittsburgh's theater community.

Mr. Levine is a familiar presence on the Pittsburgh theater scene and in classrooms and conservatory programs as a pianist, composer, arranger, music director and teacher.

David L. Porges is a member of the board of directors at City Theatre and other local arts groups. He serves as EQT Corp.'s chairman of the board, president and CEO.

Tickets are $75; for more info, contact Dianne Duursma at 412-431-4400, ext. 278, or dduursma@citytheatrecompany.org.


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