Constellations

Marianne, a physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, meet at a party and go for a drink, or perhaps they don’t. Having fallen madly in love, they begin a relationship that eventually veers off course.

Play title: Constellations

Author (s) Nick Payne

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2012

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Physics

Secondary Discipline: Cosmology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts (s): From the acknowledgements section of the play text:  On Being by Peter Atkins, The End of Time by Julian Barbour, The Book of the Universes by John D. Barrow, From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll, Beekeeping by Andrew Davies, Sum by David Eagleman, The Immortalization Commission by John Gray, The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene, In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin, The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt, The Oxford Companion to Cosmology by Andrew Liddle and John Loveday, Quantum Theory:  A Very Short Introduction by John Polkinghorne and The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin.  ‘A Memoir of Living with a Brain Tumour’ by Tom Lubbock, originally published in The Observer, November 2010.

Character Breakdown: 1 man, 1 woman

Marianne and Roland

Setting: Various

Time Period: Present day

Synopsis of Play: Marianne, a physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, meet at a party and go for a drink, or perhaps they don’t.  Having fallen madly in love, they begin a relationship that eventually veers off course.  A chance encounter brings them back together, or maybe it reveals that Marianne is now engaged to someone else and that’s that.  Or it might be Roland who’s engaged.  Maybe Marianne and Roland will be together forever, or maybe their time will be tragically short.  (Play text cover blurb Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

First Performance Date: January 13, 2011

First Producer: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Performance History: Constellations by Nick Payne had its world premiere at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Sloane Square, London, on January 13, 2011, starring Sally Hawkins as Marianne and Rafe Spall as Roland. Directed by Michael Longhurst. Designed by Tom Scutt. Lighting Design by Lee Curran. Composed by Simon Slater. Sound Design by David McSeveney. The American premiere was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) and the Royal Court Theatre, by special arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group and the Dodgers, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The first performance was on December 16, 2014, starring Ruth Wilson as Marianne and Jake Gyllenhaal as Roland. Directed by Michael Longhurst. Scenic and Costume Design by Tom Scutt. Lighting Design by Lee Curran. Sound Design by David McSeveney. Movement Direction by Lucy Cullingford. Original Music by Simon Slater. Stage Manager was Peter Wolf.

Links:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/9027655/Constellations-at-the-Royal-Court-review.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/constellations-royal-court-upstairs-review-7439611.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/jan/20/constellations-review

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/theater/constellations-with-jake-gyllenhaal-and-ruth-wilson-opens-on-broadway.html?_r=0

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/theater/2015/01/13/broadway-review-constellations/21683273/

http://nypost.com/2015/01/13/jake-gyllenhaal-and-ruth-wilson-transcend-conceptual-stunt-in-constellations/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/jake-gyllenhaal-ruth-wilson-constellations-763378

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/constellations

http://variety.com/2015/legit/reviews/broadway-review-constellations-starring-jake-gyllenhaal-ruth-wilson-1201403797/

http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/theater-review-constellations.html

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/constellations-review-stunning-jake-gyllenhaal-and-ruth-wilson-on-broadway-1.9799690

http://ew.com/article/2015/01/13/constellations-ew-review/

http://www.amny.com/entertainment/theater-review-constellations-1.9803535

Entered by Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders

 

       

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, January 2012 staring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. Photography: Johan Persson

 

 

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, January 2012 staring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. Photography: Johan Persson
Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, January 2012 staring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. Photography: Johan Persson
Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, January 2012 staring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. Photography: Johan Persson
Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, January 2012 staring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. Photography: Johan Persson
Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Photographer: Walter McBride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson

 

 

 

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, January 2012 staring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. Photography: Johan Persson

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson

 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson
Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson

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