TAMPA — Jobsite Theater will present “Constellations” by Nick Payne, running July 10 through Aug. 4, in the Shimberg Playhouse at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.
Tickets start at $29.50. For performance times and tickets, call 813-229-7827 or visit strazcenter.org.
“Constellations” will complete Jobsite’s record-setting 20th season. It seems a fitting conclusion considering the season’s official tagline: ad astra per aspera or “through hardships to the stars.”
Payne’s critically-acclaimed triumph melds science and romance into a play that comes along every so often to disrupt our notion of what can be done in theater and what it means to be alive and in love.
What if every decision we’ve made — and not made — exists simultaneously in infinite parallel universes? So goes this bracing, glorious love story of Marianne and Roland, a physicist and an urban beekeeper, whose myriad possibilities unfold in sumptuous arcs and trajectories that challenge the distinction between choice and destiny.
“Constellations” is directed by Summer Bohnenkamp, who leads the artistic team that includes Brian Smallheer, scenic design; Rebekah Eugenia Lazaradis, scenic artist; Jo Averill-Snell, light design; Katrina Stevenson, costume design; and David M. Jenkins, sound design.
“Constellations” stars two actors that both audiences and critics agree are among the very best in the region. Georgia Mallory Guy, portraying Marianne, has appeared with Jobsite in “The Flick,” “Gloucester Blue,” and “The Maids.” She was last seen this season in Stageworks’ production of “The Revolutionists.” Guy has also delighted regional audiences at American Stage, freeFall, Studio 620, Tampa Rep, Banyan, A Simple Theatre, and The Show Palace.
Giles Davies, portraying Roland, has been working with Jobsite since the 2011 production of “Quills” and has since been seen in shows such as “Othello,” “1984,” “The Tempest,” “Cloud Nine,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “Macbeth” and “Fahrenheit 451.” Davies has been seen regionally with American Stage, freeFall, and A Simple Theatre and has been a company member with Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival for 19 seasons.