June 6 - July 23, 2017
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Nick Payne
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Featuring Ginnifer Goodwin & Allen Leech
Los Angeles Premiere

Nick Payne's enchanting play... compresses a lifetime of joy, anguish and alternate paths into a fleet, satisfying 80 minutes.  – The Hollywood Reporter
Goodwin is so natural and convincing in this role, we see only Marianne, whose steely scientist crumbles as life bears down.  – The Hollywood Reporter
Leech is particularly endearing when his character is most anguished, heart dangling from his sleeve as crisis mounts. He's a mensch and a hound, lovable at every turn.  – The Hollywood Reporter
Goodwin and Leech have a lively, recognizable rapport.   – Los Angeles Times
Constellations is a small, unorthodox play zeroing in on those mainstream emotions provoked by love and loss. What sets the work apart is its emotional accessibility.  – Los Angeles Times
Goodwin's intellectual dexterity and nerdy goofiness paired with Leech's grounded simplicity and genuine caring is a contrast in personalities that has us instantly rooting for their happily ever after.  –
Fanciful yet profound, and exhilarating in the most hopeful of ways. Constellations is a sophisticated and poetic departure into the boundless reaches of love's universe.  –
Goodwin and Leech deliver dazzling, quicksilver performances.  –
CRITICS' PICK! “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating?” – The New York Times
“Short and sweet and strangely haunting.” – Variety
“A singular astonishment, at once eloquent and mysterious.” – The New Yorker

Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s Olivier and Drama League nominated hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “what if” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is.”

In The News

Listen: Host John Horn talks to Constellations stars Ginnifer Goodwin on the Geffen Playhouse Unscripted podcast

Listen: What are the chances of finding love? Constellations explores the infinite possibilities

Interview: Allen Leech and Ginnifer Goodwin on shifting to the stage, and the mind-bend that is Constellations

Review: "What if we had the chance to do it all again?"

Review: The astrophysicist's rom-com: Constellations at the Geffen

Review: "The mind-blowing piece is explored with so much humor and heart-stirring intimacy that its 80+ minutes fly by."

Review: "If you're a nerdy thinker who's also a romantic, this might be the perfect multi-verse for you"

Review: "Goodwin and Leech bring Nick Payne’s one-of-a-kind play to poignant, powerful life on the Geffen Playhouse stage!"

Review: "Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech connect emotionally with the audience... providing an evening of difficult but engaging theater."

Review: "The stellar 2017 rendition of Nick Payne’s Constellations... uncovers the deeper meanings of life, love and loss."

Feature: Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech Talk Parallel Universes and the Question "What If?"

Interview: Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech’s Cosmic Pairing in Constellations

Interview: After Once Upon a Time and Downton Abbey, Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech Star on Stage

Interview: Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech Travel the Multiverse in Constellations

Interview: Constellations' Ginnifer Goodwin & Allen Leech — Shining Stars Converging To Be Terrified — Live!

Geffen Playhouse Blog: When the Stars Align — An Interview with Actors Ginnifer Goodwin & Allen Leech

Quantum Physics and Love are Super Weird and Confusing, but This Play Makes Sense of Them Both

Nick Payne's Constellations: A Singular Astonishment

Review: "This baby bombshell by hot Brit scribe Nick Payne overflows with emotional highs and lows."

Review: CRITICS' PICK! Nerds in Love, Rewriting Destinies




Meet The Artists

NICK PAYNE (Playwright)
Theater: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company, New York), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre), Sophocles’ Electra (Gate Theatre), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre), Constellations (Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s and U.K. tour), The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse, nominated for 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), Blurred Lines (The Shed, National Theatre), Incognito (Nabokov/Live Theatre, Newcastle), The Art of Dying (Royal Court Theatre), Elegy (Donmar Warehouse). Film: The Sense of an Ending (adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel for BBC Films/Origin Pictures). Television: The Secrets (Working Title TV for BBC One), Wanderlust (Drama Republic for BBC One), Us (adaptation of David Nicholls’ novel for BBC One). Awards: 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award, 2012 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play for Constellations.

Giovanna Sardelli returns to the Geffen Playhouse, having most recently directed Guards at the Taj (Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play). She is an award-winning director who has worked on world premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph (including the recent production of Archduke at Mark Taper Forum), Matthew Lopez, Theresa Rebeck, Lynn Rosen, Joe Gilford, Jeff Augustin, Lauren Yee and Zoe Kazan among others. She has worked Off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Women’s Project Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company. She has directed numerous productions for Dorset Theatre Festival, where she is the Resident Director, Barrington Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage Company, Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hudson Stage Company, San Francisco Playhouse and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, among others. She received her M.F.A. in acting from NYU and is also a graduate of their Directors Lab. Though based in New York, she is the Director of New Works for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

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Performance Info

80 minutes, no intermission.

Attend an ASL-interpreted or audio-described performance for this production. Click for dates and showtimes, or call 310.208.2028 for details.