Kansas City Repertory Theatre Continues 2016-2017 Season with CONSTELLATIONS

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Constellations, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Rosen. When it comes to this multi-dimensional love story, just how much is written in the stars? Marianne and Roland's relationship unfolds across time and space in this spellbinding, heartbreaking look at life and love at the intersection of choice and destiny, written by Nick Payne.

Constellations begins March 3 at KC Rep's downtown Copaken Stage in the Power & Light District, (located at 14th & Main in the H&R Block Building)

"I am so thrilled to be able to share this heartbreakingly romantic story with Kansas City," says Rosen. "Our audience will love it. It ignites your spirit in ways you did not see coming. Just when you think you know where the story is going, you don't. You will leave the performance just stunned."

The cast is comprised of Bree Elrod and Tuc Watkins. Bree has appeared in several Off-Broadway and regional productions and in film, including a role in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio, Dark Feed and more. She also has local ties. Bree was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, and has a brother, Carson Elrod, who is also an actor and lives in New York City. Tuc was born and spent his youth in Kansas City. He has extensive acting credits in theatre, TV and on the Silver Screen, including a four year turn on TV's Desperate Housewives, and recurring roles on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks & Rec and more, as well a role in The Mummy with Brenden Fraser. He was also a regular on the popular soap opera One Life to Live for four-plus seasons, playing the villainous David Vickers.

Constellations is made possible with the generous support of H&R Block and other donors.

Performances begin Friday, March 3 and run through Sunday, April 2 at Copaken Stage. Tickets may be purchased at http://kcrep.org/show/constellations by calling 816-235-2700. For group ticket sales, please call 816-235-6122. Press night is scheduled for Opening Night, Friday, March 10. Constellations is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

About the Artists

Bree Elrod (Marianne) KCRep: A Christmas Carol, Fire in Dreamland, Roof of the World (World Premieres). Local: A Streetcar Named Desire (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). Off Broadway: My Name is Rachel Corrie (directed by Alan Rickman, Minetta Lane Theatre); Jump! Realism (The Kirk Theatre). Regional: The School For Wives (Two River Theatre); Rock 'n Roll (Huntington Theatre, Boston/A.C.T, San Francisco); Angels in America (Boston TheatreWorks); Candida (Malibu Theatre); The Two Noble Kinsmen, Antony and Cleopatra (Old Globe Theatre); Our Town, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Southwest Shakespeare); The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Lie of the Mind, Measure for Measure, Ah Wilderness! (NYU). Awards: Eliott Norton Award Nominee; IRNE Award Nominee; San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award Winner for Best Actress. Film: Shutter Island (dir. Martin Scorsese). Ms. Elrod has appeared in several productions with New York City's 52nd Street Project. Education: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting. AEA Member

Tuc Watkins (Roland) KCRep: debut. New York: White's Lies (with Betty Buckley, New World Stage); Fortune's Fools (Cherry Lane Theatre). Film: Retake, The Mummy, The Good Shepherd, Infested, I Think I Do. TV, regular/recurring roles: "Desperate Housewives", "One Life To Live", "Major Crimes", "Parks and Recreation", "Beggars and Choosers", "Awkward". TV, recent: "Ballers", "Castle", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Bob's Burgers", "Anger Management", "Maron", "Baby Daddy", "Franklin and Bash", "Warehouse 13". Mr. Watkins was a Founding Member of "The All-U-Can-Eat Players" performing European political satire in Los Angeles; producing/directing/acting in productions such as Jarry's Ubu in Chains, Brecht's The Balcony, Frisch's The Firebugs, Mrozek's The Prophets. Education: B.A. Telecommunications with minors in Theatre, Psychology, French from Indiana University. AEA Member

Eric Rosen (Director) was the founding Artistic Director of Chicago's About Face Theatre (AFT) from 1995 to 2008, and is a writer, director and producer. Original projects include Venice (KCRep, Center Theatre Group-LA, Public Theater-NYC, "Best Musical of 2010"-TIME Magazine); Wedding Play (Steppenwolf/AFT, Jefferson nomination); Winesburg, Ohio (Steppenwolf/AFT-Jeff Award, Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company-Barrymore Award, KCRep); Clay (AFT, Lookingglass Theatre-Chicago, Center Theatre Group, KCRep, Lincoln Center/CT3-Drama Desk Nomination, Jeff Award); and Undone, Whitman and Dream Boy (Jeff Award, several productions across the country). In addition to Venice, other KCRep directing credits include: Clay; Winesburg, Ohio; world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical! (a hit musical on Broadway-three Tony nominations, including Best Musical); Cabaret; August: Osage County; The Whipping Man; Pippin; Death of a Salesman; Romeo and Juliet; and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Additional directing credits include productions at Lincoln Center, Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Alliance, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, 5th Avenue, Prince, Cincinnati, Melbourne (Australia) and workshops at Sundance, O'Neill, Playwrights Horizons, and The Public Theater. He has developed and produced over 40 world premieres, including Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning I am My Own Wife and work by Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty, Moisés Kaufman, David Cale and The Civilians, among others. He holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University, has twice served as an NEA panelist, and serves on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of non-profit theatres.

Nick Payne (Playwright) Works include If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Bush Theatre, London, and Roundabout Theatre Company, New York; winner of the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright); Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre, London); Sophocles' Electra (Gate Theatre, London); Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London; Constellations (Royal Court Theatre, London, and Duke of York's, London; winner of the 2012 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, nominated for 2013 Olivier Award Best New Play; The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse, London; nominated for 2014 Olivier Award Best New Comedy); Blurred Lines (the Shed, National Theatre, London); Incognito (Bush Theatre, London) and The Art of Dying (Royal Court Theatre, London).

The design and production team includes: April Elizabeth Brewer (Production Stage Manager), Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design), Allison Heryer (Costume Design), Grant Wilcoxen (Lighting Design), Andre Pluess (Sound Design), and Jason Chanos (Dialect Coach.)

Performances run March 3, through April 2, 2017 at Copaken Stage. For tickets and information contact the KCRep Box Office at 816.235.2700 or http://kcrep.org/show/constellations.

About Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the nation's oldest and most respected regional theaters, is the center of a great theatre town. KCRep produces theatrical excellence, creating and sharing stories at the center of our nation's creative crossroads. KCRep's mission is to advance the art form while cultivating passionate audiences, artists, and advocates to invest in our region's creative future. We build community by connecting people through productions and outreach that educate, entertain, challenge and inspire. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, Variety and The Toronto Sun, KCRep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre, where it serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and Copaken Stage located in downtown Kansas City. KCRep employs more than 250 professional artists, technicians and administrators, and serves more than 100,000 patrons and 12,000 school children annually. Kansas City Repertory Theatre is led by Artistic Director Eric Rosen and Executive Director Angela Lee Gieras.

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