CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne
One relationship. Infinite possibilities.
Have you ever wondered what would’ve happened if you’d said yes instead of no? Would your life be better? worse? the same? In the quantum multiverse, every choice, every decision you’ve ever and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes. This romantic rollercoaster of a journey is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It begins when Marianne, a quantum physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, meet at a rainy barbecue and hit it off. Or do they? Nick Payne’s Constellations is more than a play about fate and soggy sausages; it’s about quantum multiverse theory, love and honey.
Constellations had its world premiere in London in 2011. The American premiere was in December 2014. Both productions were directed by Michael Longhurst. Constellations has since been performed in various other countries, including a German-language version performed in Hamburg in 2014 and Berlin in 2015. The London West End revival in summer 2021 featured four different casts including a same-sex male couple.
Thu, 12 May—Sat, 14 May 2022 / 20:15
Sun, 15 May 2022 / 17:00
Thu, 19 May—Sat, 21 May 2022 / 20:15
Pepper Theater, Thomas-Dehler-Str 12, 81737 Munich (MVG U5 Neuperlach-Zentrum)
Running time: 75 minutes (no intermission)
Directed by Makrand Mujumdar, produced by Katrin Fegert.
Cast and creative team
Yasemin Abra (Rachel)
Yasemin’s introduction to musicals and English drama was at high school where she played roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. At university she joined the METU Players, where she discovered the collectivist, social and political aspects of theatre. Yasemin performed in plays by Ende, Brecht and Dürrenmatt, and was also involved in choreography, music, and stage lighting. Currently studying neurocognitive psychology, Yasemin aims to bring together social cognition and play behaviour, thus bridging arts and science.
Hannah Davis (Marianne)
A teacher by day, Hannah has been involved both on and off stage in productions ranging from Shakespeare to commedia dell’arte to improvised immersive theatre. Most recently, she played the female lead in a short film for Bangkok Community Theatre. Hannah has also played Viola in Twelfth Night, co-directed and almost performed in a COVID-halted production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and run theatre workshops. Having recently moved to Munich, Hannah is enjoying the challenge of learning German and looking forward to getting involved in theatre once again!
Antoine Pelletier (Roland)
Antoine first discovered his love of theatre in his native Paris, where he played the roles of Victor and Antoine in Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir by Roger Vitrac. His most recent role was Dorn in Entity’s production of The Seagull. Antoine also has a real passion for French improv.
Hannah France (Marianne)
Hannah is a 24-year-old born and bred Birmingham (UK) girl, but you can now find her here in Munich. She particularly loves storytelling, character work and finding the truth behind a role. Having graduated in Drama and Theatre Studies in 2019 she decided to move to Munich and teach babies the Brummie accent. She is looking forward to finally becoming a part of the theatre community in Germany – due to ‘C’ who-must-not-be-named it has taken a while to make that happen.
Makrand Mujumdar (Director)
Mak joined Entity in 2015, when he took to the stage in Murders in the Heir. His most recent role was Trigorin in Entity’s production of The Seagull. Constellations marks Mak’s directorial debut. He is very excited to get this opportunity to present a very unusual Story in a the most unique way and hopes the audience will go home with a smile on their face and a warmth of love in their hearts.
Maddox Pratt (Assistant Director, set designer)
This is Maddox’ second production with Entity though the first to make it to the stage thanks to COVID disruptions. Prior to moving to Germany, Maddox acted and directed on the West Coast of the United States and taught Shakespeare performance workshops at the Evergreen State College. Favourite roles include Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Animal Fire Theatre in Olympia, Washington), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Woman’s Will in San Francisco and Fern Shakespeare in Seattle), and Emma in The Language Archive (Pulp Productions in Olympia).
Producer: Katrin Fegert
Social media: Jennifer Blastorah
Costumes and programme design: Kate Scholes
Lighting design: Daniel Plappert
Sound design: Tom Hafner
Stage Manager: Julie Spanswick
Tech booth: Qassim Akhtar, Julia Odegova, Alex Houston, Andrea von Eichhorn
American Sign Language coach: Julie Nietzel
Photo credit: K. Fegert
This performance is by special agreement with Concord Theatricals GmbH on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. (Die Aufführung erfolgt durch besondere Vereinbarung mit Concord Theatricals GmbH im Auftrag von Samuel French Ltd.)
The production team would like to thank
Denise Orita for the workshop and guidance
Michael Lermer for rehearsal space
Christian Lehmler (Bavaria Musikstudios) for rehearsal space
Kulturbunt Neuperlach and Bahar Auer
Pepper Theater and Marc Haas