• Written by

    Nick Payne

  • Directed by

    Giovanna Sardelli

  • Scenic Designer

    Takeshi Kata

  • Costume Designer

    Denitsa Bliznakova

  • Lighting Designer

    Lap Chi Chu

  • Sound Designer

    Lindsay Jones

  • Dramaturg

    Rachel Wiegardt-Egel

  • Production Stage Manager

    Julie Haber

  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Daniel Trostler

  • Casting Director

    Phyllis Schuringa, CSA


June 6 - July 16, 2017
Gil Cates Theater

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

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.”



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, 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. Currently running: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley (TheatreWorks through February 5, 2017), Archduke by Rajiv Joseph (World Premiere at the Mark Taper Forum).

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Performance Info

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