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“All the world’s a stage” is a line from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, but in Pittsburgh, it applies equally well to Twelfth Night. Quantum Theatre will be staging a production of Twelfth Night — one of Shakespeare’s best-beloved comedies. Founded in 1990, Quantum Theatre is “interested in real life and how it intersects with a theatrical experience.” Their innovative productions are staged in non-theatre locations that have included abandoned industrial sites, a horse barn and a tombstone-covered plot at Allegheny Cemetery. Twelfth Night will be held under Millvale Street in Bloomfield. It features Robin Walsh as the bereaved Lady Olivia. The play is directed by Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre founder and Artistic Director.

Cafe Sam sits on the border between Shadyside and Bloomfield and was opened in 1987 by Andrew Zins. It’s housed in a stately 1911 building that was originally a private residence — and at one point a brothel. Cafe Sam is notable for its reliably great food, extensive menu and reasonable prices. And, it has a connection with Quantum Theatre. Nearly 30 years ago, Cafe Sam co-manager Mary Turyan and Karla Boos were waitresses together at a small French restaurant in Shadyside. Karla and Mary have remained friends and Quantum Theatre and Cafe Sam have partnered in the past on a theme-based Prix Fixe dinner for theatre goers.

Now, with an assist from Councilman Bill Peduto, Quantum Theatre and Cafe Sam have created an “East End Night” for Quantum Theatre’s Twelfth Night. You can enjoy a Prix Fixe dinner (menu below) at Cafe Sam with Director Karla Boos and Councilman Peduto and then enjoy Quantum Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night all for the special total cost of $50. This event will be held on Sunday, July 31st and the performance is outdoors.

To participate in this special evening:

1) Purchase tickets online for Twelfth Night for the Sunday, 7/31/11, 8:00 PM show here. ($35)

2) Email bill@billpeduto.com to make reservations for the special, reduced-priced Prix Fixe dinner at Cafe Sam. ($15) Please indicate the number of people attending in your email. Reservations must be made by noon on Friday.

3) Pay for dinner (cash/charge) at Cafe Sam.

Tickets will sell out very quickly — make your plans to attend now!

Cafe Sam
Twelfth Night Prix Fixe Dinner with Karla Boos and Bill Peduto
Sunday, 7/31/11, 6:00 PM
5242 Baum Blvd,
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Quantum Theatre’s Twelfth Night
Sunday, 7/31/11, 8:00 PM
West Penn Hospital Foundation Research Facility
720 Gross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224