"A singular astonishment." --John Lahr, The New Yorker
One relationship. Infinite possibilities.
In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. They go for a drink, or perhaps they don't. They fall madly in love and start dating, but eventually they break up. After a chance encounter in a supermarket they get back together, or maybe they run into each other and Marianne reveals that she's now engaged to someone else and that's that. Or perhaps Roland is engaged. Maybe they get married, or maybe their time together will be tragically short.
Nick Payne's Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's also about quantum multiverse theory, love, and honey.
About the Author
Nick Payne is the author of the plays If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, which won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for best play; Wanderlust; One Day When We Were Young; and Lay Down Your Cross, among others. He is the winner of the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright's Award. He is currently under commission with the Royal Court Theatre, the Donmare Warehouse, and the Manhattan Theatre Club. He was born in 1984 and lives in Norwich, England.
“The nearest I’ve come across in ages to a play that feels heaven-sent.” —Matt Wolf, The New York Times
“Constellations gets into your head and under your skin with an immediacy that sometimes tickles and often hurts.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Spry, funny and ultimately very moving . . . A touchingly original study of a relationship and a meditation on that all too familiar refrain: ‘if only.’” —Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
“Wondrously supple . . . The trick the playwright pulls off is to bring a feather-light touch to weighty themes.” —Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times
“Beautiful and brilliant . . . Seldom has a play felt so exhilarating.” —Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday
“The phrase ‘emotionally satisfying’ is rarely seen alongside that of ‘experimental drama’—which makes Nick Payne’s arresting, intelligent new play Constellations all the more exciting.” —David Benedict, Variety
“I do know the real thing when I see it. And Nick Payne, a playwright previously unknown to me, is at the beginning of a great career.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker
“Payne is undoubtedly one of the brightest sparks in our playwriting landscape.” —Fiona Mountford, London Evening Standard
“I know it’s only January, but if I see a more ingenious, touching and intellectually searching play than Constellations this year, I will count myself very lucky.” —Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
“Not since Mike Bartlett’s Cock, so to speak, have I been so exhilarated by a new play . . . Extraordinary.” —Paul Taylor, The Independent