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Jake Gyllenhaal To Star in Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS, Directed by Michael Longhurst at MTC



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By special arrangement with
Ambassador Theatre Group and Dodger Properties






 Constellations is a superb new play
that gets into your head and under your skin
with an immediacy that sometimes tickles and often hurts.”
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times 

“A singular astonishment.
At once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant.”
- John Lahr, The New Yorker

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) and the Royal Court Theatre, by special arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group andDodger Properties, will produce the American premiere of CONSTELLATIONS, the acclaimed new play by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, starring Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, on Broadway.

The limited engagement of CONSTELLATIONS will begin previews Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for a Tuesday, January 13, 2015 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

One relationship. Infinite possibilities. An explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.

When Nick Payne’s CONSTELLATIONS opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January 2012 under the direction of Michael Longhurst, it was hailed by London and New York critics. The Daily Telegraph called it “playful, intelligent, and bursting with ideas with a powerful undertow of emotion” and The Independent declared it “dazzling, exhilarating, and extraordinary.” The New York Times said “This superb play gets into your head and under your skin,” and The New Yorker said “Constellations is at once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant.” The play subsequently transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play.

CONSTELLATIONS reunites Nick PayneMichael Longhurst, and Jake Gyllenhaal who previously collaborated on the American premiere of IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET. This new production will mark the Broadway debuts of all three artists.

Additional casting for the role of Marianne, creative team, other ticketing and listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.

CONSTELLATIONS is presented as part of MTC’s 2014-2015 season, joining the previously announced world premiere productions of THE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Margulies, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring Blythe DannerLOST LAKE by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms; and THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Eric Ting.  Additional productions for the 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions for MTC’s 2014-2015 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 9 PMSaturday 10 AM – 2 PMor online at Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Casa ValentinaOutside MullingarThe Assembled PartiesVenus in FurMaster ClassGood People;The Whipping ManTime Stands StillThe Royal FamilyRuinedCome Back, Little ShebaBlackbirdShining CityRabbit HoleDoubtProofThe Tale of the Allergist’s WifeLove! Valour! Compassion!A Small Family BusinessSylviaPutting It TogetherFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneCrimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’ For more information on MTC, please visit

The Royal Court is the writers’ theatre. It is a leading force in world theatre, finding writers and producing new plays that are original and contemporary. The Royal Court strives to be at the centre of civic, political, domestic and international life, giving writers a home to tackle big ideas and world events and tell great stories. The Royal Court commissions and develops an extraordinary quantity of new work reading over 3000 scripts a year and annually producing around 14 world or UK premieres in its two auditoria at Sloane Square in London. Over 200,000 people visit the Royal Court each year and many thousands more see our work elsewhere through transfers to the West End and New York, national and international tours, residencies across London and site-specific work. The Royal Court’s extensive development activity encompasses a diverse range of writers and artists and includes an ongoing programme of writers’ attachment, readings, workshops and playwriting groups. Twenty years of pioneering work around the world means the Royal Court has relationships with writers on every continent. The Royal Court opens its doors to radical thinking and provocative discussion, and to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing.


NICK PAYNE (Playwright). If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre, London, and Roundabout Theatre Company, New York; winner of the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright),Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre, London), Sophocles’ Electra (Gate Theatre, London), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London), Constellations (Royal Court Theatre, London, and Duke of York’s, London; winner of the 2012 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, nominated for 2013 Olivier Awards Best New Play), The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse, London; nominated for 2014 Olivier Awards Best New Comedy), Blurred Lines (The Shed, National Theatre, London) and Incognito (Bush Theatre, London).

MICHAEL LONGHURST (Director). Michael directed the world premiere of Nick Payne’s Constellations at London’s Royal Court Theatre starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, which transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving four Olivier nominations. Michael made his American directorial debut with the U.S. premiere of Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet starring Jake Gyllenhaal for Roundabout Theatre’s Off-Broadway space (Laura Pels) the same year. He will direct Payne in his part-autobiographical solo piece The Art of Dying for the Royal Court this summer and the UK premiere of Josh Harmon’s Bad Jews for Theatre Royal Bath. Michael directed the UK premiere of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness for the National Theatre’s The Shed space last year. His site-specific promenade production of Stovepipe transferred to London from Suffolk’s HighTide Festival (also in collaboration with the National Theatre) and featured in the SundayTimes 'Best Theatre of the Decade' list. Other directing includes the world premieres of Cannibals (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Blackest Black (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs), Remembrance Day (Royal Court), On The Beach and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre), On the Record and Gaudeamus (Arcola Theatre), Midnight Your Time (HighTide & Assembly Rooms), Fringe First winner Guardians (Edinburgh Festival & Theatre503), and for the fundraising gala The Celebrity 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic). He has directed acclaimed regional revivals of Patrick Marber's Dealer’s Choice (The Royal, Northampton), Caryl Churchill's A Number (Nuffield, Southampton), and Alan Bennett’s The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible). Michael was the winner of the 2007 Jerwood Directors Award for Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic) and is currently an Associate Director at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. He trained in directing at Mountview and as an assistant director at the RSC, Young Vic, Old Vic and Royal Court after reading Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Roland) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee who has won BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards for his poignant performances. Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in 2012 starring in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, for the Roundabout Theatre Company, which earned him nominations from the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards. It was his first stage performance since 2002, when he starred in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth on London's West End, for which he won an Evening Standard Theater Award for Outstanding Newcomer. On the big screen, Gyllenhaal was last seen in back to back films directed by Dennis Villeneuve: Prisoners, the box office success which won the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble and Enemy, which premiered to acclaim and success in the spring of 2014. Gyllenhaal will next be seen in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which he also produced. The film was recently acquired by Open Road and is scheduled for release in October 2014. He will also be seen in Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest scheduled for a 2015 release from Universal. Gyllenhaal is currently in production on Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw. Additional film credits include Ang Lee’s classic Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Academy Award nomination; David Ayer’s End of Watch, which placed in several critics’ Top 10 Films of 2012 including the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Independent Films; Richard Kelly’s cult hit Donnie Darko, Duncan Jones' critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Source Code, as well as Ed Zwick's Love and Other Drugs, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

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