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The Love of the Nightingale closed on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Editors' Pick in The Washington Post

The Love of the Nightingale
is Helen Hayes Awards Recommended©

Critics are raving about The Love of the Nightingale!

"Sumptuous Theatrical Sensibility" - The Washington Post

"Highly Recommended!" - DC Theatre Scene

"Has all the disturbing elements of a juicy Greek tragedy" - The Washingtonian

"Teasley's rhythms touch the heart and soul" - DC Theatre Scene

"A curious mix of the gruesome and the hilarious" -Theater Mania


April 24- May 25

110 minutes
No Intermission
Recommended for Ages 16+


Constellation Theatre Company performs at Source, 1835 14th Street NW.

In a world of passion and violence, two sisters are driven to do the unimaginable.


Against a backdrop of war, two sisters are separated by a marriage and a vast ocean. Ever curious about the world, the young Philomele bravely takes a voyage on the high seas in hopes of a reunion. While the stars may guide the ship’s course, danger is in the air and our heroine must harness her inner creativity to survive.



 

 


Photos by Stan Barouh.












Audiences Are Enjoying The Love of the Nightingale!

"What an incredible retelling of a classic Greek myth!" - Amanda

"Awesome plot, acting, set design, and outstanding background music. So good, I might see it a 2nd time." — Juanita Newell

"A mesmerizing production. The music, costumes, act, and the atmosphere worked really well... It was fantastic.” - Misa

"...The story is a classic one and cast was phenomenal - they nailed it. Great date night…Buy now!” - Jay

The Critics Love the Show!

The Love of the Nightingale is Helen Hayes Awards Recommended©

Editors' Pick in The Washington Post

"Highly Recommended!" - DC Theatre Scene

""Incredibly smart and often funny" - DCMTA

"Teasley's rhythms touch the heart and soul" - DC Theatre Scene

"Bold and Courageous Storytelling" - DC Theatre Scene


See What Else Patrons Are Saying About the Show

 

"I have seen the play twice now... Tom Teasley's terrific, haunting music adds magic to the mix. Great work from a fine little theater company.” - Kathryn Burton

"Wonderful play based on Ovid, a Roman writer of "myths." Constellation Theater's director is able to pull out performances from the actors that delve into the theater goer's psyche. The story becomes "alive" within us, informing us of our own possibilities for action, reflection, revenge, and resolution."


Editors' Pick in The Washington Post

The Love of the Nightingale is Helen Hayes Awards Recommended©

"Constellation Theatre Company has developed one of the most distinctive house styles in town, especially when they light into classic myths and exotic design"

- The Washington Post


“Through Stockman’s bold and courageous storytelling, Constellation has yet again, tackled ancient difficult tales that resonate with modern complexity, aching to be retold.” - DC Theatre Scene


The Love of the Nightingale is Helen Hayes Awards Recommended©

“Constellation is at its best when the material is most challenging, and The Love of the Nightingale is the best kind of challenging
. – DC Metro Theater Arts


"Stockman’s production artfully weaves song, puppetry, and dance throughout the proceedings." -The Washingtonian

"The quality of the acting is extraordinary throughout." -ShowBizRadio

"The Love of the Nightingale is not a play for the timid, but it is a play for people who expect and enjoy excellent acting and production elements in theatre. Constellation Theatre Company delivers these in abundance."
-MD Theatre Guide


"Tom Teasley has a unique talent for creating music that is at once ancient and modern. Taking inspiration from Greek, Balan and Thracian music –particularly well suited for for his original music for this production, Teasley also adds another layer to the eternal discussion of communication with music, so fitting for a play which ends when humans transformed into birds communicate in what we hear as music." -Sharpencity


CONSTELLATION

THEATRE COMPANY

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

Publicist: Emily Morrison                                                                                                

emilylovemorrison@me.com

mobile: 323-363-4404

 

Constellation Theatre Company

presents

The Love of the Nightingale

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

                                                           

In a world of passion and violence, two sisters are driven to do the unimaginable.

 

With Live Music by Helen Hayes Award Winner Tom Teasley

 

Against a backdrop of war, two loving sisters are separated by a royal marriage and a vast ocean.  Ever curious about the world, young Philomele bravely takes a voyage on the high seas in hopes of a reunion. While the stars may guide the ship’s course, danger is in the air.  Our heroine must use her creativity to reveal the truth.Olivier Award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker adapts Ovid’s mythical tale about family loyalty, desire and betrayal. 

 

Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988, The Love of the Nightingale is inspired by the tale of Philomele, Procne and Tereus found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses written in 8 CE.  Timberlake Wertenbaker has taken this tale of romantic desire and brutal violence and illuminated the female voices.  While Procne is scared of marriage and travel, her younger sister Procne is burning for adventure; she tells us, “Sometimes I feel the whole world beating inside of me.”  The expansive quality of this statement reflects the breadth and depth of themes in this play.  It explores culture shock and gender roles; the evolution of a woman’s desires and her place in society from adolescence to old age; and the tension between the ferocity society wants in its warriors and its expectations that they will be able to return to staid, restrained civilization after combat.

 

Similar to Wertenbaker’s most famous play, Our Country’s Good, The Love of the Nightingale also celebrates the power of the performing arts to transform lives. Within the play, the dramatic genres range from a masked, ceremonial court drama – a retelling of Phaedra – to a bawdy puppet show within the wild, acrobatics of a Bacchanalian frenzy.  The combination of visual spectacle, live music, and movement expresses more than words alone can say, which is apt for a story in which the heroine finds herself silenced halfway through. 

 

Constellation has brought many epic adventures to the stage, from Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses to The Arabian Nights, from The Ramayana to Gilgamesh.  Artistic Director Allison Arkell Stockman explains, “These timeless stories from around the world touch us powerfully today; they connect us to the ancients and the core of humanity.  In this play, myth is a vehicle for us to express and process the darkest desires of the human heart.”  The script, both witty and lyrical, allows this classical tale to resonate sharply today.

 

Constellation’s amazing design team re-unites A.J. Guban (Helen Hayes Award Nominee for both Scenic & Lighting Design for this past fall’s 36 Views) with Costume Designer Kendra Rai and Composer and Master Percussionist Tom Teasley.  This will be the sixth show on which this trio has collaborated with director Allison Stockman.  Joseph R. Walls is making his Constellation debut as Lighting Designer.  Don Becker and Eric Brooks are collaborating on puppet design and puppet movement coaching.  Matthew R. Wilson is the fight director and Kelly King returns to choreograph.

 

Leading the stellar acting ensemble is Constellation favorite Megan Dominy, as Philomele.  She has previously been seen in Scapin, 36 Views, Metamorphoses and The Ramayana in 2011.  Matthew Schleigh and Dorea Schmidt join her in lead roles.  Both Schleigh and Schmidt have been regulars at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre.  The large cast includes many performers making their Constellation debut, including multiple Helen Hayes Award Winner Rena Cherry Brown.  Constellation veterans Ashley Ivey and Vanessa Bradchulis are joined by Bru Ajueyitsi, Edward Christian, Daniel Corey, Jennifer J. Hopkins, Emma Jackson, Neelam Patel, and thirteen-year old rising star, Henry Niepoetter.

 

 

Musician Tom Teasley will be releasing a CD entitled The Love of the Nightingale during the run of the show.  The music draws on inspiration from around the world, Greek, Balkan and Thracian music in particular.  For the first time in his history of 11 theatrical collaborations with Constellation, Teasley will be playing live with his own pre-recorded and mastered soundtracks, offering an especially exhilarating acoustic experience.

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WHO: Constellation Theatre Company

WHAT: The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

 

WHERE: Source Theatre 1835 14th St. NW

WHEN: April 24 – May 25, 2014. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm.  Sundays at 2 pm.

Additional Shows: Saturdays May 10, 17, 24 at 2:00 pm, Monday, May 12 at 8 pm, and Sundays, May 18, 25 at 7:30 pm.

 

PRESS OPENING: Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm.  Invitation Only.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews: April 24 & 25 at 8:30 pm.  April 26 at 8 pm.

 

Post Show Talkbacks (2): Sunday, May 4 & Saturday, May 17 after 2 pm performance.

OTHER: Audiences aged 16 and up. We ask that a parent or guardian accompany any child under 16.

CONTACT: 202-204-7741 or marketing@ConstellationTheatre.org

 

WEBSITE: www.ConstellationTheatre.org                                  

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Text Box: Press Contact: Emily Morrison 323-363-4404 Marketing@ConstellationTheatre.org THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE: FACT SHEET                                                                

 

Play: The Love of the Nightingale                                                                                                                             

Playwright: Timberlake Wertenbaker

 

Director  Allison Arkell Stockman

 

Blurb: In a world of passion and violence, two sisters are driven to do the unimaginable.

 

Ensemble: Bru Ajueyitsi, Vanessa Bradchulis, Rena Cherry Brown, Edward Christian, Daniel Corey, Megan Dominy, Jennifer J. Hopkins, Ashley Ivey, Emma Jackson*, Henry Niepoetter, Neelam Patel, Dorea Schmidt, Matthew Schleigh*

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

 

Design and Production: A.J. Guban (Scenic Designer), Kendrai Rai (Costume Designer), Joseph R. Walls (Lighting Designer), Tom Teasley (Composer/ Musician), Matthew R. Wilson (Fight Director), Kelly King (Choreographer), Don Becker (Puppet Designer), Eric Brooks (Puppet Choreographer), Cheryl Ann Gnerlich (Production Stage Manager), Angela Plante (Props Designer), Gwen Grastorf (Assistant Director), Adam W. Johnson (Associate Sound Designer).

 

Pay-What-You-Can Previews (2): April 24 & 25 at 8:30 pm, April 26 at 8 pm

 

Post Show Talkbacks (2): Sunday, May 4 & Saturday, May 17 after 2 pm performance.

 

Press Night: Sunday, April 27 at 7 pm – Invitation Only

 

Performance Schedule: May 2 – June 2 with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

 

Additional Shows:  Saturdays May 10, 17, 24 at 2:00 pm, Monday, May 12 at 8 pm, and Sundays, May 18, 25 at 7:30 pm. 

 

Constellation Theatre Company Mission:

Constellation Theatre Company’s mission is to spark the curiosity and imagination of the people of Greater Washington, DC by bringing stories to life from all over the world. Visual spectacle, music and movement unite with an exuberant acting ensemble to create an exhilarating entertainment experience. 

 

For Tickets or Information: www.ConstellationTheatre.org or Call 202-204-7741

 

Ticket Prices: $35 - $45

 

Location: Source Theatre at 1835 14th St. NW on the corner of T St.

                Two blocks from the U St./ Cardozo Metro.  On-street parking.

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ENSEMBLE

Philomele ………..........................…….. Megan Dominy
Procne ……..............................………. Dorea Schmidt
Tereus .........................……………… Matthew Schleigh*
Niobe ……………........................… Rena Cherry Brown
Itys …………………........................... Henry Niepoetter
Hippolytus, Chorus ……............……...…. Bru Ajueyitsi
Queen, June ……............………..... Vanessa Bradchulis
King, Chorus ……............…………..... Edward Christian
Theseus, Chorus …………...................... Daniel Corey
Aphrodite, Hero …............…………. Jennifer J. Hopkins
Captain, Chorus …............………............. Ashley Ivey
Nurse, Iris ………….........................… Emma Jackson*
Phaedra, Helen …………......................... Neelam Patel

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director ……………................ Allison Arkell Stockman
Live Musician & Composer …...........….. Tom Teasley
Scenic Designer ……………...................... A.J. Guban^
Costume Designer …………..................... Kendra Rai^
Lighting Designer ……….................. Joseph R. Walls
Fight Choreographer……............. Matthew R. Wilson#
Dance & Movement Choreographer ………… Kelly King
Props Designer ………......................… Angela Plante
Dramaturg …..............................………. Maddie Gaw
Puppet Designer …….......................…… Don Becker
Puppet Choreographer ….................….. Eric Brooks
Stage Manager …..............……… Cheryl Ann Gnerlich
Technical Director ……….................. Jason Krznarich

 

PRODUCTION STAFF

Assistant Director ……………….............….. Gwen Grastorf
Assistant Stage Manager ……………..........….. Daniel Mori
Assistant Stage Manager ………........…….. Brett Abelman
Production Assistant …................…………. James Brown
Scenic Artist ………..............................……… Pallas Bane
Master Electrician ……………......................……. Alex Keen
Assistant Costume Designer ……..………. Courtney Wood
Associate Sound Designer …….……….. Adam W. Johnson
Associate Lighting Designer …….……….. Lesley Boeckman
Sound Engineer …...........................………. Jim Robeson  
Sound Board Operator …........…………. Alec Henneberger

 

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors & stage managers
^ Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE
# Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society



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