November 8 – December 1
By Vern Thiessen
Directed by Melanie Dreyer
Starring Sheila McKenna
Original music performed by Dawn Posey
William Shakespeare remained married until his death to Anne Hathaway, about whom the world knows little and wonders much. This contemporary play imagines a full-throated Anne in every emotional color imaginable, at the center of her own story instead of relegated to a footnote in Will’s; a robust exploration of feminist themes resonant even in the #MeToo present.
Shakespeare’s Will offers a tour de force for an actress, in this case Sheila McKenna, cherished staple of Pittsburgh theatre. It’s scored with original music played live by violinist Dawn Posey. The performance inhabits West Homestead United Methodist Church, a Pittsburgh treasure hiding in plain sight, unveiling the poetic space of her memory enhanced by the mastery of designers Stephanie Mayer-Staley, Joe Seamans, C. Todd Brown, Steve Shapiro, and Bonnie Siefers.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 7 PM. No performance Thanksgiving Nov. 28; there IS a performance Tuesday the 19th and Tuesday the 26th at 8PM.
Pay What You Can Night on Wednesday, November 6th
Community Night on Thursday, November 7th, with free tickets for Homestead residents
Opening/Press Night on Friday, November 8th, with a post-show champagne reception.
Post-Show Q&A on Sunday, November 10th, Q&A session with the cast and team.
Social Q sponsored by Reed Smith LLP on Wednesday, November 13th, a preshow reception and look at Pittsburgh through Quantum’s eyes.
Quantum Quaff on Thursday, November 14th, a pre-show wine tasting event.
Quantum-on-the-Couch on Saturday, November 23rd, a post-show discussion of the psychology of the characters with Dr. Manuel Reich