Starting Thursday, LAB! Theater will begin showing its last play of the year: Nick Payne’s “Constellations.” There will be showings on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The shows will be in Linda’s Downbar on Franklin Street, and admission is free.
"'Constellations’ first and foremost is a love story between Roland, who’s a beekeeper, and Marianne, who’s an astrophysicist," director Leigha Vilen said. “The show is about the progress of their relationship — so you see eight different moments from the moment they meet, to getting together, to breaking up over a cheating scandal, getting back together, and then dealing with her having a serious illness.”
Samantha Yancey, the producer of “Constellations,” said the play is written so that each moment of Roland and Marianne’s relationship is played out multiple times across various "alternate universes."
“What’s unique about ‘Constellations’ is that you see each of those moments played out five to 10 different ways, depending on differences in what they say," Vilen said. "It could be the tiniest differences — sometimes it’s like a one word difference that can change everything. It’s really about how life can hinge on the tiniest moments.”
Mastering the minute details of the script and portraying the impact of each word have been the most challenging aspects of this play for both Vilen, the director, and Kate Jones, the actress who plays Marianne.