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Constellations

April 9 – May 8, 2016
(Opening Night: Thursday, April 14)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Nick Payne
Directed by Richard Seer
Scenic Design by David Israel Reynoso
Costume Design by Elisa Benzoni
Lighting Design by Bradley King
Sound Design by Fitz Patton
Vocal Coach, David Huber
Casting by Caparelliotis Casting
Production Stage Manager, Annette Elena Nixon

 

Physicist Marianne meets beekeeper Roland at a party. They hit it off … or perhaps they don’t. One of them is married … or maybe they’re both single. Nick Payne’s Constellations takes this chance encounter between two lost souls and opens the door to the infinite possibilities of their relationship. Breathlessly navigating through the spellbinding and romantic journey of being in love, Constellations looks at how the tiniest change in the details of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. The Old Globe favorite Richard Seer returns to direct this exciting new play that The New York Times called “Sexy. Sophisticated. Gorgeous. This story of parallel universes is universal in every sense of the word.”

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Production Photos

Christian Coulson and Victoria Frings
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Christian Coulson and Victoria Frings
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Constellations
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Constellations
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Constellations
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Christian Coulson
Christian Coulson stars as Roland in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Victoria Frings
Victoria Frings stars as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

Publicity Photos

Constellations
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Constellations
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Constellations
Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Victoria Frings and Christian Coulson
Victoria Frings stars as Marianne and Christian Coulson as Roland in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Christian Coulson
Christian Coulson stars as Roland in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Victoria Frings
Victoria Frings stars as Marianne in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Richard Seer, April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Richard Seer, Victoria Frings, and Christian Coulson
Director Richard Seer with Constellations cast members Victoria Frings and Christian Coulson. Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Seer, runs April 9 – May 8, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Nick Payne (Playwright) is the playwright of Constellations (Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre), an adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra (Gate Theatre), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres, Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Downstairs), The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse; 2014 Olivier Award nomination for Best New Comedy), Blurred Lines (The Shed and the National Theatre), Incognito (Bush Theatre), and The Art of Dying (Royal Court Theatre). His film credits include The Sense of an Ending, an adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel (BBC Films/Origin Pictures). His television credits include “The Secrets” (Working Title TV for BBC One). Payne has received the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award, and 2012 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play for Constellations.

Richard Seer (Director) is an award-winning director and actor who has directed and/or performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on film and television, and in over 70 productions at regional theatres in this country and Great Britain, including The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Goodman and Huntington Theatre Companies. He originated the role of Young Charlie in the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hugh Leonard’s Da and received the Theatre World Award for his performance. At The Old Globe, he has directed productions of Quartet, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, Life of Riley, The Last Romance, The Price, Romeo and Juliet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Trying, Fiction, Blue/Orange, All My Sons, Da,and Old Wicked Songs. He received his M.F.A. in directing from Boston University, where he was awarded the prestigious Kahn Directing Award. In 1990, Seer was invited to return to Boston University’s School for the Arts as an Associate Professor of Acting and Directing. He has been Director of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program since 1993 and is the University’s current Chair of Theatre. In 2010, he was awarded the Craig Noel Distinguished Professorship.

David Israel Reynoso (Scenic Design) is a scenic and costume designer who recently designed the Globe’s productions of Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. He also designed As You Like It for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Reynoso is the Obie Award-winning costume designer of the Off Broadway hit Sleep No More (Punchdrunk/Emursive), and he is also a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Healing Wars (Arena Stage). He is also recognized locally for his designs of Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project, Kingdom City,and the DNA New Work Series presentation of Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). His other work includes Futurity, Cabaret, The Snow Queen, Alice vs. Wonderland, Trojan Barbie, Copenhagen, No Man’s Land, Hamletmachine, Ajax in Iraq,and Abigail’s Party (American Repertory Theater), The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage Company), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (The Lyric Stage Company). Reynoso is also the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. davidreynoso.com.

Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design) previously designed Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Her select credits include Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), The Who and The What, Our Town, Tall Girls, Brahaman/i, and Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse), The Fox on the Fairway (Craig Noel Award nomination), Chapatti, and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Sylvia, and Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts), Snakeskin, Lifeblood Harmony, Chagall, and A Man Found Wanting (Malashock Dance), and The Storm, The Threepenny Opera, and A Man, his Wife, and his Hat (UC San Diego). Benzoni’s assistant costume credits include Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy), Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse), and As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe). She holds a M.F.A. in Costume Design from UC San Diego, where she is currently an adjunct lecturer. elisabenzoni.com.

Bradley King (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer based in New York City. His recent work includes The Last Match (The Old Globe), Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (American Repertory Theater, Kazino, Ars Nova), The Way West, Empanada Loca, Sucker Emcee, and Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth Theater Company), Elijah Green (The Kitchen), A Winter’s Tale (The Pearl Theatre Company), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), And I and Silence (Signature Theatre Company), and Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company). His other work has been seen regionally at The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Penobscot Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Virginia Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His opera work includes Bard SummerScape, Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Omaha, Vancouver Opera, and Virginia Opera. bradleykingld.com.

Fitz Patton (Sound Design) previously sound designed the Globe productions of The Winter’s Tale, Good People, and August: Osage County and provided original music for The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He is currently represented on Broadway with The Father, The Humans, and Blackbird. His other Broadway credits include It’s Only a Play, An Act of God, Airline Highway, The Other Place, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina, The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Broadway Bound. Patton’s many Off Broadway credits include this season’s Prodigal Son (New York City Center), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards), and The Other Place (MCC Theater, Lortel nomination). His symphony credits include The Holy Land. Patton is the founder of Chance Magazine, a theatre design magazine.

David Huber (Vocal Coach) previously worked on the Globe productions of Rain, The Last Match, The Metromaniacs, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The Royale, Bright Star, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His previous Old Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale directed by Jack O’Brien, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He has studied voice with Master Linklater Voice teacher David Smukler, Eric Armstrong, and Kate Burke. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REP Theatre, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and is currently teaching at Actors Workshop Studios. He is a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of The Last Match, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter’s Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll’s House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, and three seasons with Williamstown Theatre Festival. Their recent film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, “American Odyssey” (NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC pilot), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

Annette Elena Nixon (Production Stage Manager) served as stage manager for The Old Globe productions of Full Gallop, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, The Royale, Quartet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Few, Pygmalion, God of Carnage, Anna Christie, Groundswell, and the 2010 production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her other Globe credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2011-2014), Boeing-Boeing, The First Wives Club, Opus, Dancing in the Dark, Hay Fever, and the Summer Shakespeare Festivals 2008 and 2010-2013.