Quantum Theatre presents Looking for Violeta | Frick Park Lawn Bowling Greens | Theater, World | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Quantum Theatre presents Looking for Violeta

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The life and work of Chilean artist Violeta Parra are criminally under-appreciated in most parts of the world, but her influence as a reinventor and reviver of her native music looms large, whether you know it or not. Parra’s work got a boost from artists like poet Pablo Neruda and a cover by Joan Baez, since her death in 1967. But her catalogue and story deserve more than that, and they get it in Quantum Theatre’s world premiere of Looking For Violeta by María José Galleguillos with original music by Emily Pinkerton. The show digs deep and wide into the complexities and misconceptions of Parra’s life, staged in Quantum’s non-traditional style, which recreates the outdoor performance spaces of Parra’s life at Frick Park. Bring a picnic.

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