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Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
# of Pages: 48
Pub. Date: 2016
About the Play:
Constellations is a full-length drama by Nick Payne.
Theoretical physicist meets
beekeeper, but the story branches off from there. An intimate and
imaginative romance written by one of Britain's most innovative
plays with choice and chance, and charts the limitless possibilities
of a single relationship.
Constellations is a play
about free will and friendship; it's about quantum multiverse theory,
love and honey. This
spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between
a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the
world we think we know. On
paper, the romance between Marianne and Roland seems improbable, if
not impossible: she's a theoretical physicist; he's a beekeeper. If
there were only one universe, they might not be together. But in a
quantum multiverse, unlimited versions of their relationship can
unfold, raising questions
about the difference between choice and destiny.
Constellations premiered in 2012 at the Theatre Upstairs at
the Royal Court Theatre, London. It transferred to the Duke Of York's
Theatre in the West End, and Nick Payne was awarded the
Evening Standard award for Best New Play 2012 (of which he was
the youngest ever recipient) and was nominated for the Laurence
Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2015 the play opened on Broadway
at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York, starring Jake
Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson.
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man
What people say:
"Who knew that higher physics
could be so sexy, so accessible—and so emotionally devastating?
Constellations, Nick Payne's
gorgeous two-character drama…may be the most sophisticated date
play Broadway has seen. [Payne is] a wise and compassionate young
playwright … And though Constellations is a
supremely articulate play, it knows that words inevitably fail, that
they are never enough to bind two people together forever. Time, it
turns out, is a more effective breaker of hearts than human beings,
with all their conflicted intentions, can ever be. This story of
parallel universes is universal in every sense of the word."
— The New York Times
"Nick Payne's smart, slushy
and pretty superb Constellations [is] about the
progress of any ordinary life, which begins with seemingly endless
possibilities and then dwindles until death forecloses further
choice…I wasn't alone in sniffling into my Playbill." —
"Short and sweet and strangely
haunting…The devilishly clever scribe is not playing games with
either his characters or his audience, because with each iteration
Roland and Marianne grow closer to one another—and become more
important to us. And by the end of the play (has it really been only
an hour?), we're fully invested in their lives. All of them."
"…a singular astonishment,
at once eloquent and mysterious but which nonetheless articulates
within its own idiosyncratic idiom something that touches an audience
as real…a wholly satisfying and complete emotional journey…The
well-judged dialogue, at once terse and trenchant, finds its own
characteristic poetry." — The New Yorker
About the Playwright:
Nick Payne is a British playwright. After graduating from
the University of York in 2006, he obtained an MA from London's
Central School of Speech and Drama. As a young playwright he took
jobs ancillary to the theatre to make ends meet, such as being an
usher at the Old Vic, and working at the National Theatre bookshop,
which he credits with giving him the time and resources to
study numerous plays. He continued to hone his craft as a
participant in the Royal Court Young Writers Program. Constellations,
which had been commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, is his most
celebrated work to date.