PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh theater company is bringing Shakespeare to the site of a once mighty steel company’s blast furnace.
Quantum Theatre is using the backdrop of the Carrie Furnace for its production of “King Lear,” the bard’s darkest tragedy. It tells of grief and madness, family values gone wrong and a powerful king brought low.READ MORE: Sheetz Say No Store Is Coming To Oakland Despite Sign Posted To Social Media
The theater company’s artistic director and founder says being at the site gives a sense of the enormity of the steel industry and the enormity of its collapse. Karla Boos says those are wonderful metaphors for “King Lear.”READ MORE: New Trial Ordered For Pennsylvania Man Accused Of Killing Wife And Faking ATV Crash To Cover Up
The Carrie Furnaces are the last remaining structures of what was once the thrumming heart of the Homestead Steel Works. The company produced steel used in the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic structures.
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