Quantum Theatre Staging ‘Red Hills’; Pirates vs. Dodgers (Thurs., 8/24/17)

1) Quantum Theatre opens its 2017-18 season with the world premiere of a noteworthy play. Red Hills is a fictional story grounded in a tragic true event, the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Within a few months an estimated half-million to one million people, mostly of the Tutsi ethnic minority, were killed—some by government troops but many by their own neighbors. The play, set years later, imagines a confrontational reunion of two men: an American who was in Rwanda at the time and wrote a book about what he saw, and a Rwandan he’d met who was fleeing the massacre. Red Hills has them differing as to exactly how things happened and what it all meant. New York-based playwright Sean Christopher Lewis has examined issues of violent societies in his previous one-man shows Killadelphia: Mixtape of a City, and Dogs of Rwanda, a precursor of Red Hills. Quantum is co-producing Red Hills with the New York company En Garde Arts. 8:30 p.m. Performances continue through September 10. In the Recycling Building at 32nd and Smallman Streets, Strip District. (MV)

2) Our battlin’ Bucs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers today in a 4:05 p.m. game. Also, first 20,000 fans receive a Pirates’ reusable tote bag. The Pirates then go downriver to Cincy for a three-game series against the Reds. PNC Park, 115 Federal St.,  North Shore.