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
Funder: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
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
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.
Entered by Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders