Following the Zany Umbrella Circus performances, audiences are invited to unite at SteelStacks in an effort reach out to the galaxies during Squonk Opera's Astro-rama.
Astro-rama is a large-scale outdoor event that joins the audience in a festive attempt to contact far-flung galaxies. A UFO is “discovered” and the next day a four-story radio telescope dish is erected to mount a planetary response. Squonk musicians rise in scissor lifts and cranes, squabble with a giant supercomputer and finally transmit their message - a self-portrait as a species. This communal revelry is a witty and timely exploration of science and belief, made accessible with pop sci-fi references. It’s “an American terrestrial and perhaps galaxy original unique mix of geek and polish, eccentric design and mocking wit,” says The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Since its first major commission, 1995's Night of the Living Dead: The Opera, the Pittsburgh-based Squonk Opera has created more than 10 original productions and performed to more than 300,000 people at 250 venues throughout the United States and abroad. The troupe is the recipient of five National Endowment for the Arts grants and has taught workshops, directed collaborative creations and done residencies at more than 60 universities, schools and museums throughout the country.
All Squonk Opera performances will take place on the Air Products Town Square and are free to the public. Performance dates and times are April 26, 27, 28 at 8pm and April 29 at 9pm.
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Popcorn - Small $3.00; Large $5.00
Chips & Salsa - $3.00*
Hot Dog - $3.00*
*add chili or cheese - $0.50 or both $1.00
Bavarian Pretzels - $3.00
Assorted Mike & Ike Candies - $3.00
Steel Stack Kettle Chips - $2.50
Hummus & Pita Crisps - $4.00
Wraps (served with choice of Pasta Salad or Steel Stack Kettle Chips)
Turkey Club Wrap - $7.00
Roast Beef Wrap - $7.00
Chicken Caesar Wrap - $7.00
Veggie Wrap with Crisp Tofu - $7.00
Hot Items (served with choice of Pasta Salad or Steel Stack Kettle Chips)
Mild Italian Sausage Sandwich w/peppers & onions - $8.50
Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich - $8.00