Quantum Theatre leads off its four-play 2013-14 season in July with the time-bending "Mnemonic," a play about memory and its role in how history is written, plus a 5,200-year-old character.
The play by the innovative British company Theatre de Complicite will be directed by Quantum founder and artistic director Karla Boos in the same East Liberty area where the company produced "John Gabriel Borkman" earlier this year. Other sites, as is usual for the found-space company this time of year, are TBA. Malcolm Tulip, who had his first role for Quantum as Borkman, returns to lead the cast of "Mnemonic."
All of the plays include some aspect of how memory and recognition can be tricky to pin down, even for those having a shared experience.
Here's what's coming in Quantum's 23rd season:
• July 5-28, 2013: "Mnemonic," by Theatre de Complicite; directed by Karla Boos. At the Kirkwood Building, 215 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. The play examines our understanding of time, our capacity to interpret history, and our attempts to retell the past. In addition to Mr. Tulip, the cast includes Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Andrew Nagraj, Ken Bolden, Patrick Jordan, Katya Stepanov and Antonio Marziale.
• Nov. 1-24, 2013: "Parlour Song" by Jez Butterworth; directed by Martin Giles. Playwright Butterworth, whose "Jerusalem" was a best play Tony nominee in 2011, earned praise for "Parlour Song" from The New York Times' Ben Brantley, who described it as "smart, rueful ... and filled with steamy encounters." The play grows evermore ominous as two outwardly friendly suburban couples reveal their illicit desires and painful memories.
• Jan. 31-Feb. 16, 2014: "Madagascar" by J.T. Rogers; directed by Sheila McKenna. At different times, three Americans find themselves alone in the same hotel room overlooking Rome's Spanish Steps. Their interlocking monologues tell the haunting story of a young American's mysterious disappearance and how their lives are changed forever.
• April 11-27, 2014: "Pantagleize (A Farce to Make You Sad)" by Michel de Ghelderode; directed by Jed Allen Harris. First produced in 1931 Belgium, the play takes its title from the central character, a philosopher-clown unwittingly involved with revolutionaries who take him for their leader. He robs a bank, falls in love and becomes entangled with forces beyond his understanding.
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First Published May 22, 2013 4:00 AM