Jake Gyllenhaal to Make Broadway Debut in Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS; Opens 1/13 at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) and the Royal Court Theatre, by special arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group and Dodger Properties, will produce the American premiere ofCONSTELLATIONS, the acclaimed new play by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, starring Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, on Broadway.
One relationship. Infinite possibilities. An explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.
When Nick Payne's Constellations opened at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January 2012 under the direction ofMichael Longhurst, it was hailed by London and New York critics. The Daily Telegraph called it "playful, intelligent, and bursting with ideas with a powerful undertow of emotion" and The Independent declared it "dazzling, exhilarating, and extraordinary." The New York Times said "This superb play gets into your head and under your skin," and The New Yorker said "Constellations is at once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant." The play subsequently transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play.
CONSTELLATIONS reunites Nick Payne, Michael Longhurst, and Jake Gyllenhaal who previously collaborated on the American premiere of IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET. This new production will mark the Broadway debuts of all three artists.
Additional casting for the role of Marianne, creative team, other ticketing and listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.
CONSTELLATIONS is presented as part of MTC's 2014-2015 season, joining the previously announced world premiere productions ofTHE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Margulies, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring Blythe Danner; LOST LAKE by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms; and THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Eric Ting. Additional productions for the 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly.
Subscriptions for MTC's 2014-2015 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Mondaythrough Friday NOON - 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still;The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune;Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.' For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
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