The American premiere of Nick Payne's new play Constellations will begin previews Dec. 16, prior to an official opening Jan. 13, 2015, at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The production will star Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. Michael Longhurst will direct.
Here's how the production is billed: "This mind-bending, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny."
Constellations reunites Gyllenhaal with Payne and Longhurst, who are also making their Broadway debuts with the production. The three previously collaborated on the American premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet.
Additional cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Airline Highway, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour, will be presented on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre beginning April 1, prior to an official opening April 23. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Take Me Out) will direct. "In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather," press notes state. "A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers, and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting."
Prior to coming to MTC, Airline Highway will receive its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Downstairs Theatre. Performances will begin Dec. 4 and continue through Feb. 8.
Ticket prices are $67–$140. Tickets will be available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online by visiting Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office.
The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street. For more information on MTC, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.