Run time: 2 hours and twenty five minutes, including intermission.
For ages 10+
If a performance is sold out, you may add you name to the wait list at the theatre box office beginning 1 hour prior to curtain (7 pm for evening performances and 1 pm for matinees). Prior to 1 hour, the wait list line forms on the sidewalk.
Following its critically acclaimed and sold out run in the spring of 2010, Constellation Theatre's production of The Ramayana returns to the Source.
The Ramayana lies at the heart of Hinduism and has been captivating people for centuries with its balance of adventure and spirituality. Rama must conquer the king Ravana to rescue his beautiful wife Sita and to save the world from darkness. This sweeping tale of romance, abduction, friendship and war is told by an ensemble of dazzling goddesses, dangerous demons, playful monkeys and powerful heroes. India’s amazing epic is a timeless testament to the transcendental power of love. Most of the central characters in last year's stellar cast return, including Andreu Honeycutt as Rama, Jim Jorgensen as Ravana and Heather Haney as Sita.Master percussionist Tom Teasley won the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on The Ramayana.
Joining the Original Ensemble are Megan Dominy, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Keith Irby, Drew Kopas and Jon Odom.
Rama must conquer the king Ravana to rescue his beautiful wife Sita and to save the world from darkness. This sweeping tale of romance, abduction, friendship and war is told by an ensemble of goddesses, demons, monkeys and heroes. The Ramayana lies at the heart of Hinduism and has been captivating people for centuries with its balance of adventure and spirituality. India’s dazzling epic is a timeless testament to the transcendental power of love.
Production photographs of The Ramayana are by Daniel Schwartz.
Andreu Honeycutt* pictured in the title bar will be playing Rama in the 2011 Remount.
Run time: 2 hours and twenty five minutes, including intermission.
For ages 10+
If a performance is sold out, you may add you name to the wait list at the theatre box office beginning 1 hour prior to curtain (7 pm for evening performances and 1 pm for matinees). Prior to 1 hour, the wait list line forms on the sidewalk. General Admission Seating $20 - $35There is an additional $1 per ticket and a $1.50 per transaction fee for all tickets.
For Performances on 8/7 @ 8 pm, 8/11 @ 8 pm, 8/12 @ 8 pm,
8/13 @ 2 pm, 8/14 @ 8 pm, 8/15 @ 8 pm, 8/17 @ 8 pm
Regular Price: $30; Students $25; Groups 10+: $23
All Performances At Source
1835 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009 *2 Blocks from the U St/Cardozo Metro Stop Patrons are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to curtain. There is not a late seating break for this performance.
Patrons arriving after the curtain has gone up will be seated at intermission. No Refunds or Exchanges.
Purchase Tickets In Person Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office 1 Hour Prior to Curtain.
Tickets purchased at the Theatre Box Office are subject to availability.
Tickets are non refundable.
All Seating is General Admission. (Seats are Reserved for Patrons who have Purchased a Season Subscription)
House Opens 15 Minutes Prior to Curtain
Show Begins Promptly at the Advertised Curtain Time.
There is not a late seating break for this performance.
Katie Atkinson (Nila / Maricha) is an Associate Artist with Constellation Theatre Company, previously seen in The Green Bird, The Ramayana, A Flea in her Ear, Crazyface, Temptation, The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Arabian Nights. Other credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company: Cymbeline, Lady Windermere’s Fan; Washington Shakespeare Company: The Miser; Rorschach Theatre: Living Dead in Denmark, A Bright Room Called Day; ForumTheatre: Antigone, The Skriker; Spooky Action Theater Company: The Marriage of Bette and Boo. She has worked as an actor and teaching artist at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Katie has a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University.
Misty Demory* (Mandodari / Bear) is an Associate Artist with Constellation Theatre Company and this is her 10th show with Allison Stockman. Other Constellation credits include The Green Bird, The Ramayana, Crazyface, The Marriage of Figaro, The Oresteia, The Arabian Nights, and A Dream Play. Other DC credits include Imagination Stage: Lyle The Crocodile (Helen Hayes Nominated), Playing From The Heart, Lost and Foundling. Studio Theatre 2ndStage: tempOdyssey. Phoenix Theatre DC: Silent Heroes and The Kathy and Mo Show. Most recently Misty can be seen in Commercials for Luray Caverns and on America's Most Wanted. Misty thanks Barry for looking back at her at BWI.
Megan Dominy (Soorpanaka/ Monkey) is thrilled to be making her first appearance with Constellation Theatre Company as a seductive, evil demon/ dancing primate! Megan has worked at theaters around the DC area, including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, VSA Arts, Madcap Players, Maryland Shakespeare Company, and Bay Theatre Company. She is currently pursuing her MFA in acting from the Catholic University of America.
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Vibishana / Monkey) is delighted to be working with Constellation Theatre Company for the first time. Ebrahimzadeh was last seen at Forum Theatre in BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, and Scorched. Other credits include The Inkwell: Monkey Adored; Theatre J: The Hour of Feeling, The Urge for Going; Arena Stage: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Rorschach Theatre: Klecksography: Home for the Holidays.
Heather Haney (Sita) is delighted to return to The Ramayana! A proud Artistic Associate, she was previously seen in On the Razzle, The Ramayana, A Flea in Her Ear and Temptation. Elsewhere in town, she was most recently seen in The Moscows of Nantucket with Theater J. Heather is also a company member of Longacre Lea and Washington Shakespeare Company; and has also had the pleasure to work with Rorschach Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre and The Inkwell. She received her BA in Drama and Dance from Ithaca College and will next appear as Jane Bennett in Pride and Prejudice with Round House Theatre.
Andreu Honeycutt* (Rama) is glad to be back. Local credits include Fringe Festival: Titus X, The Punk Rock Musical; Woolly Mammoth: Measure For Pleasure; Studio Theatre: The History Boys; Atlas Theatre: SPunk. Regional credits include The People's Light Theatre Co: Twelfth Night. Film credits include At the Top of the Pyramid (w/ Steve Guttenberg and Dean Cain) and Prince Among Slaves (narrated by Mos Def). He recently directed Shawn Northrip's PAUL BUNYAN vs. The Tree Conservation Coalition for The 2011 Mad Cap Winter Carnival. Andreu just completed a six month guest-artist position serving as director of plays at Landon School in Bethesda, MD.
Keith E. Irby (Jambavan / Mahaparshwa) is pleased to be working with Constellation. A native Washingtonian, Keith is a founding member and Associate Artist with Constellation who works regionally on film, theatre and voice projects . Local credits include Creative Cauldron: Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black & White; African Continuum Theatre Company: Blues For An Alabama Sky; Constellation Theatre Company: Women Beware Women, A Flea In Her Ear, Crazyface, The Oresteia, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Arabian Nights, A Dream Play; Imagination Stage: Mulan; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: The Country Wife; Folger Theatre: Henry IV Part I; The Shakespeare Theatre Company: Richard III; Winterslane Productions: Dreamgirls.
Ashley Ivey (Indrajit / Bharatha / Monkey) is an Associate Artist with Constellation, previously seen in The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women, The Ramayana, Three Sisters, A Flea In Her Ear, Crazyface, The Marriage of Figaro, Temptation, The Oresteia, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and A Dream Play. Credits include Source Festival: Volcanic In Origin; In Series: Berliner Kabarett, Petpourri; Catalyst Theater: 1984, The Trial; Forum Theatre: Marat/Sade; Open Circle Theatre: Songs for a New World; Actors Theater of Washington: Never the Sinner, The Ruffian on the Stair, The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, SEXE! The Floorshow!; Contemporary American Theatre Festival: Wilder, The Late Henry Moss, Thief River.
Jim Jorgensen (Ravana) last seen in On the Razzle and Ramayana at Constellation. Other credits include: Washington Shakespeare Company: Night and Day, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Keegan Theatre: Golden Boy, Buried Child; Forum Theatre: Angels in America I and II, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Folger Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing; Theatre J: The Last Seder, Born Guilty; Journeyman Theatre: Life as a Dream, Spinning into Butter; Scena Theatre: Writer’s Cramp. Catalyst Theater: Flu Season, The Trial: Theatre Alliance: Boy Gets Girl; Fountainhead Theatre: Fit to be Tied, Betrayal. Training: Southern Methodist University’s MFA Acting.
Drew Kopas (Lakshman) is pleased to return to Constellation Theatre where he was previously seen as Melchior in On the Razzle. Regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company: Twelfth Night - Free for All (Curio); Everyman Theatre: Pygmalion (Freddy/Nepommuck), All My Sons (Frank); Olney Theatre Center: Da (Young Charlie), Misalliance (Gunner); Keegan Theatre: There Are Little Kingdoms (Jamesie), Of Mice and Men - Ireland/DC tour (Whit); National Players: As You Like It (Orlando), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), 1984 (Big Brother); Capital Fringe Festival: Tales of Courage and Poultry, The Playwright Zone; Shawnee Theatre; Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. Education: MFA Western Illinois University.
Matt McGloin* (Hanuman) is honored and inspired to share in telling this story. Previous Constellation shows include On the Razzle and A Flea in Her Ear. Favorite local credits include Olney Theatre: Misalliance, Cinderella; Signature Theatre: The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Kennedy Center: An American Scrapbook, The Teddy Roosevelt Plays; Folger Theatre: As You Like It; Ford’s Theatre: History on Foot (Tour); Synetic Theatre: Faust; Imagination Stage: Peter and the Wolf, Lyle the Crocodile; Adventure Theatre: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Other regional stages include Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Maryland Stage Company. B.F.A. Theatre, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Summa cum Laude.
Jon Odom (Sugriva / Jatayu / Demon) is thrilled to be working with Constellation Theatre for the first time. He recently finished a tour of the children's show Peril on the Red Planet. Other credits include Spooky Action Theatre: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much; Capitol Fringe Festival 2011: Who Killed Captain Kirk; Theatre Alliance Winston-Salem: Take Me Out; Ravinia Festival: West Side Story (50th Anniversary); Roanoke Festival: Two Gentleman of Verona, School House Rock. Jon is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Amy Quiggins (Golden Deer / Tara / Sampati / Varuna / Demon / Mountain) is a proud Associate Artist and excited to return to Constellation after The Ramayana (2010), Three Sisters, Crazyface and The Oresteia. Other credits include: The American Century Theater: Beyond the Horizon, USA, The Second Man, The Seven Year Itch; Arts Alive Theatre at Montgomery College and Happenstance Theatre: Three Fantasies; Rorschach Theatre: Living Dead In Denmark; Shakespeare Theatre Company (u/s): Argonautika, Don Juan; Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Austin Free Shakespeare Society: The Honest Whore, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Education: MFA, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University: The Maid’s Tragedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Tom Teasley (Composer/Performer) is a proud Associate Artist with Constellation and is delighted to return to Constellation after composing original scores for The Arabian Nights, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Oresteia, Temptation, Crazyface,The Ramayana, and The Green Bird. He was an Artist-In-Residence at The Kennedy Center and a soloist/composer/collaborator with The National Symphony Orchestra. He received the 2010 & 2011 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Sound Design for Constellation’s Productions of Crazyface and The Ramayana. Tom is a three-time recipient of the Fulbright-Hayes Grant for historic performances in Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He just returned from a tour in Iraq as a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department.
Allison Arkell Stockman(Director) has directed Constellation’s productions of A Dream Play, The Arabian Nights, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Oresteia, Temptation, The Marriage of Figaro, Crazyface, A Flea In Her Ear, Three Sisters, The Ramayana, Women Beware Women. Locally, Allison has directed productions for the In Series, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, The Hatchery, Phoenix Theatre DC and Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also served as an Assistant Director at Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Folger Theatre and has directed workshops or staged readings for The Kennedy Center and Theater J. Allison is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She earned her BA in Comparative Religion from Princeton and an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She would like to thank the designers, the cast and crew for their creativity and her family and friends for their ongoing support.
A.J. Guban(Lighting & Scenic Designer) has been part of Constellation from the beginning. Scenic/Lighting Designer credits at Constellation include: The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women, The Ramayana, Three Sisters, A Flea In Her Ear, Crazyface, The Marriage of Figaro, Temptation, The Oresteia, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Arabian Nights, A Dream Play. A freelance designer, he has designed for such companies as Opera Cleveland, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera Vivente, The Maryland Opera Studio, The Kennedy Center, The Washington Ballet, Imagination Stage, Catholic University of America, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Huron Playhouse, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Postal Museum, among others. He has assisted on projects with the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera and Kentucky Opera. A.J. earned his MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kendra Rai (Costume Designer) is an MFA graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Her designs have been seen on both coasts, including Constellation Theatre Company (Associate Artist), Adventure Theatre (Resident Artist), Imagination Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ACA, University of Maryland School of Music, Pennsylvania State Theatre, Taproot Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Company, among others. Bring on the blue body paint!
Cheryl Ann Gnerlich (Production Manager / Stage Manager) is in her second season with Constellation Theatre.Stage Management credits include Constellation: The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women, The Ramayana, Three Sisters, A Flea in Her Ear,Crazyface; Studio Theatre 2ndStage: F***ing A, The Receptionist, A Beautiful View, All That I Will Ever Be; Virginia Shakespeare Festival: Three Tall Women. She has been an Assistant Stage Manager for Constellation, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Light Opera Oklahoma. Cheryl has a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary.
Amber Jackson (MFA Directing, Baylor University) is excited to back as the AD and choreographer for this magical play. This time she joins the Constellation team as a proud Associate Artist, having also collaborated with the company in Women Beware Women (AD) and On the Razzle (choreography). Still a newbie in town, Amber is so grateful for the opportunities Allison has offered her with Constellation, as well her other local directing opportunities with The SourceFest, Inkwell, Active Cultures, and Rorschach. She would like to thank her husband, pit bull, red cowboy boots and sweet tea for their support. www.amber-jackson.com
Matthew R. Wilson* (Fight Director) is currently directing Machiavelli’s The Mandrake with Faction of Fools—DC’s Commedia dell’Arte theatre company. Delighted to return to Constellation, Matt has previously choreographed fights for Women Beware Women and The Green Bird (in which he also played the bouncy sausage-maker Truffaldino.) Other Fight Direction & Movement includes Off-Broadway: A Touch of the Poet (starring Daniel J. Travanti), The Bilbao Effect. DC: Folger Theatre: Comedy of Errors; Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: Scapin, Comedy of Errors; Capital Fringe: Macbeth, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Fifth Musketeer, Hamlet. Matt and his partner Casey Kaleba recently founded Tooth & Claw Combat Arts: www.toothandclawcombat.com.
*Member of Actor's Equity Association
Here's a sneak peak from last season's original production of The Ramayana. (Please note that some of the original ensemble members in this video will not be performing in the remount).
India’s Epic Tale of Passion and Adventure is Back Due to Popular Demand
With LIVE MUSIC by Tom Teasley, 2011 Helen Hayes Award Recipient for Outstanding Sound Design for his performance in The Ramayana.
Constellation Theatre Company remounts The Ramayana (Rah MY un)by Peter Oswald after selling out almost every performance of the original run in May and June 2010. Last year’s production enjoyed critical acclaim as well as popular success. Celia Wren of The Washington Post called the production, “an entertaining, pocket-size extravaganza: mysterious, energetic, funny and bedecked with enough eye-catching pageantry to stretch up and down a minor Himalayan peak”. Trey Graham from Washington City Paper described it as, “richly metaphorical under the surface” and noted the show’s “vivid sense of spectacle.” Sriram Gopal of DCist declared it, “a respectful and creative interpretation of the ancient epic.” In the final week of the 2010 show, Constellation was turning away as many people as they could seat in Source.
Most of the central characters in last year’s stellar cast return, including Andreu Honeycutt as Rama, Jim Jorgensen as Ravana and Heather Haney as Sita, yet half of the cast is new to the production. Matthew McGloin will play Hanuman the monkey god. McGloin has been seen in Constellation’s On The Razzle and A Flea In Her Ear. He has also graced the stages of many DC theatres including The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Folger Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre and Imagination Stage. Drew Kopas will be playing Rama’s brother Lakshman. Kopas was also in On The Razzle and spent last season working for The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Olney Theatre. Constellation favorites Katie Atkinson, Misty Demory, Ashley Ivey and Amy Quiggins return to the show and are joined by company member Keith Irby. Megan Dominy, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, and Jon Odom will be making their Constellation debuts. Matthew R. Wilson is integrating new, dynamic choreography as Fight Director.
Master percussionist Tom Teasley won the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on The Ramayana, after having also won the award in 2010 for his performance in Crazyface. Teasley performs original music live at every show and greatly enhances the theatrical experience. Combining modern percussion with ancient traditions, Teasley interweaves instruments, techniques and rhythms from cultures around the globe. Teasley explains, “The use of drumming to induce a tangible change of human perception has been used for thousands of years. These changes have often been in collaboration with religious or healing ceremonies.” Teasley’s live percussion provides the perfect theatrical soundscape for a sacred story that is told to inspire a greater understanding of both humanity and the divine.
In this ancient tale, Rama, a God come down to earth in human form, must save his soul mate, the Goddess Sita, from the ten-headed demon Ravana. During Rama’s journey he becomes allies with monkeys, bears, eagles and the ocean as he prepares for the ultimate battle against the powers of darkness. This sweeping tale of romance, abduction, friendship and war lives in the heart of Hinduism and has been captivating people for centuries with its balance of adventure and spirituality. India’s dazzling epic is a timeless testament to the transcendental power of love.
The Ramayana sparkles as one of the two great Sanskrit epics along with The Mahabharata. The original epic poem is traditionally credited to India’s first poet, Valmiki, and dated to the 4th century BCE. Other scholars believe the story began as an oral composition around 500 BCE and reflects the changing cultural attitudes that accompanied the urbanization of Northern India at that time. This incredible, enduring story is told all over the world. The complex layers, themes and metaphors found in The Ramayana allow for a vast array of interpretations. In addition to providing great entertainment, this classic tale illustrates lessons of devotion, loyalty, service, leadership and courage.
Constellation’s original production was the North American premier of Peter Oswald’s script. It debuted at the Birmingham Rep Theatre in England in 2000 and went on to be performed at The National Theatre in London in 2001. City Limits described the play as “Beautiful poetry, fearlessly experimental, endlessly inventive and frequently inspired.”
The Ramayana presents many unique design opportunities. Rama is traditionally blue, as an incarnation of Vishnu. The monkey god Hanuman jumps over the ocean to the island of Lanka. The imposing Ravana has multiple heads. Birds lose and gain their feathers; an illusive golden deer frolics; a mountain moves and the ocean speaks. Constellation pulled together an innovative design team to tackle these challenges. Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer A.J. Guban and Costume Designer Kendra Rai have collaborated previously on many Constellation shows: The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women and A Flea In Her Ear. With a passion for Indian culture and an exceptional imagination, Rai recruited a team of artists to build costumes, create jewelry, and craft twenty original masks that allow an acting ensemble of thirteen to transform from a playful family of monkeys and bears to a violent army of demons.
WHO: Constellation Theatre Company
WHAT: The Ramayana by Peter Oswald
WHERE: Source Theatre 1835 14th St. NW
WHEN: August 4 - 21, 2011. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2 pm.
PRESS OPENING: Saturday, August 6 at 8 pm.
ADDITIONAL SHOWS: Sat, Aug. 13 at 2 pm; Sun, Aug.14 at 8 pm. Mon, Aug. 15 at 8 pm;
Wed, Aug. 17 at 8 pm; Sat, Aug. 20 at 2 pm; Sun, Aug. 21 at 8 pm.
THE RAMAYANA 2011: FACT SHEET Press Contact: Allison Stockman
Play: The Ramayana 202-204-7741
Playwright: Peter Oswald
Director: Allison Arkell Stockman
Blurb: The Ramayana lives in the heart of Hinduism and has been captivating people for centuries with its balance of adventure and spirituality. This sweeping tale of romance, abduction, devotion, friendship and war is told by an ensemble of goddesses, demons, monkeys and heroes. India’s dazzling epic is a timeless testament to the transcendental power of love.
Cast: Katie Atkinson, Misty Demory*, Megan Dominy, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Heather Haney, Andreu Honeycutt*, Keith Irby, Ashley Ivey, Jim Jorgensen, Drew Kopas, Matthew McGloin*, Jon Odom, Amy Quiggins. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association
Live Music Composed and Performed by Tom Teasley
Design and Production: A.J. Guban (Set and Lights), Kendrai Rai (Costumes), Anna St. Germain (Masks), Cheryl Gnerlich (Stage Manager), Samina Veith (Props Design), Daniel Flint (Technical Director), Jeny Hall (Master Electrician), Matthew R. Wilson (Fight Director), Amber Jackson (Choreographer & Assistant Director), Audience Relations Coordinator (Lindsey Ruehl).
Pay-What-You-Can Previews (2): Thursday, August 4 & Friday, August 5 at 8 pm
Press Night: Saturday, August 6 at 8 pm
Performance Schedule: August 4 - 21 with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
Additional Shows: Sat, Aug. 13 at 2 pm; Sun, Aug.14 at 8 pm. Mon, Aug. 15 at 8 pm;
Wed, Aug. 17 at 8 pm; Sat, Aug. 20 at 2 pm; Sun, Aug. 21 at 8 pm.