Denver Premiere

Constellations
By Nick Payne
Directed by Christy Montour-Larson

March 11-April 15, 2017
Previews March 9-10

In Constellations, scientist Marianne meets beekeeper Roland at a party. They hit it off and go out for a drink, or maybe they don’t. Maybe they fall madly in love and get married. Or maybe they end up engaged to other people. Maybe they live happily ever after, or maybe they end up as total strangers. Inspired by string theory, Constellations is a multi-dimensional love story that asks when it comes to relationships just how much is written in the stars?

CAST
Marianne: Kelsey Didion
Roland: Brett Aune

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Christy Montour-Larson
Lighting Designer: Shannon McKinney
Sound & Projections Designer: Anson Nicholson
Costume Designer: Ann Piano
Dialect Coach: Jeffery Parker
Stage Manager: A. Phoebe Saks
Assistant Stage Manager: Fallon Dakota
Scenic Construction: Guy Wright

SPONSORS

Season Sponsors:
Shamos Family Foundation
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

Season Patrons:
Diana & Mike Kinsey
Elizabeth Steele
Carol E. Wolf

Serial Storytelling Sponsor:
Laura Cowperthwaite & LiveWork Denver

Platinum Show Sponsors:
Isabelle Clark
Kirsten & Tim Collins

Gold Show Sponsors:
Margot & Rick Acosta
Les Crispelle & Glenn Tiedt

Silver Show Sponsors:
Carla & Carl Hartman
Lori Pidick & Mark Niles
Michael Potts

Talkbacks
Want to talk with others about the show? Want to hear from the actors about the process behind the play? Talkbacks with artistic staff and cast members follow each performance, starting the Thursday after opening and continuing until Friday of closing weekend. A Curious favorite!

 

FROM THE CURIOUS TEAM 

Dialect Coaching 101: A video about the process of Dialect Coach Jeffrey Parker.

Death with Dignity: A statistical portrait.

Hanging by a Thread: An article by Kevin Smith and Jeannene Bragg from the Curious Content Team about the science behind Constellations.

How To Start a Beehive: Playwright and past Curious playwright in residence Emily Dendinger explains how to start your very own beehive.

 

RESOURCES AND READINGS 

Denver Public Library Recommendations: Check out the book and media recommendations from our friends at the DPL based on Constellations.

Beginning Beekeeping: Learn more about how to become a beekeeper with resources from the American Beekeeping Federation.

Constellations Presents the Possibilities of Love in the Multiverse
by Lindsay Vandewart, 303 Magazine
The artistry of the entire production is presented with a refined complexity in its simplicity that is truly unique. If you’ve ever been in love and wondered where you might be if it weren’t for that single moment in time, that smile, that clever bit of intriguing and flirtatious conversation, you must explore the possibilities presented in Constellations.

Constellations: A fine space-time romance at Curious
by Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
The play is also swift, as if its ideas and possibilities have been placed in a particle accelerator.  A lot takes place (and doesn’t) in the one act’s 70 minutes.

Review of Constellations
by Bob Bows, ColoradoDrama
The work between these two fine actors and the nuanced choices that they make—given, we are sure, a thorough exploration of the possibilities, under the direction of Christy Montour-Larson—during each series of reiterations is fascinating, while we are tossed serially in disparate emotional directions.

Constellations Takes a Step Out of Time at Curious Theatre Company
by Juliet Wittman, Westword
The dialogue is vibrating and complex, and you’d really like to take the sentences into your hands for a closer look, to try to plumb the silences between the words. Curious is known for challenging and out-of-the-ordinary work — and all of this is challenging for the audience — but there’s also a kind of simplicity and sweetness to Constellations.

In the Spotlife: Kelsey Didion of ‘Constellations’
by John Moore, DCPA In her current acting universe, Curious Theatre’s Kelsey Didion plays a scientist who meets the man of her dreams … or maybe not. Nick Payne’s Constellations is a multi-dimensional, fate vs. free will love story that asks just how much of our relationships is written in the stars. “There’s no opportunity to shift into a lower gear,” she says. “You just have to get on the train and go.” Meet the actor who is a fan of Laura Linney, Australian licorice and the Green Bay Packers.