Quantum Theatre: TAMARA

BY JOHN KRIZANC; CONCEIVED BY RICHARD ROSE & JOHN KRIZANC DIRECTED BY JOHN SHEPARD

You’re in the great home of Gabriele d’Annunzio, the Italian poet responsible for the Nationalist movement which Mussolini – Il Duce – turned into his brand of Fascism.  It’s 1927.  There is great anticipation because Tamara de Lempicka is due to arrive, the iconic Polish artist.  You’re offered a glass of champagne.  And it begins: you meet 10 characters, each fascinating, each with secrets.

The barrier between spectator and actor is dissolved.  The audience has choices to make, journeying from room to room in Rodef Shalom Congregation, a magnificent stand-in for Il Vittoriale degli Italiani.  As characters leave a room, which will you follow?  Or will you wait and see who shows up?  As in life, each is the star of his own story.  Though you’re quite free, we recommend you stay with one...  and patrons who come together to the show will benefit from splitting up. 

Performing time runs about two hours, but the evening is a bit longer because when the characters roar off for a hotel lunch in town, the audience shares a wonderful Intermezzo dinner outside on the terrace.  Quantum will partner with six restaurateur/caterers, one for each of the six weeks of the run.  It’s another reason to come back: come back to see a completely different play as you follow a different character, and have a completely different dinner for good measure.