Constellation Theatre, which has built its reputation on authentic stagings of classical plays, announced that its three-play 2014-2015 season will consist of two relatively modern plays and a play drawn from one of the great myths of India.
The Constellation season will begin with a production of Luigi Pirandello’s Absolutely! (perhaps), a venture into the shaky evidence upon which we base our moral certainties. Signor Ponza has moved into town, next door to Signora Frola, with his invisible wife. Signora Frola claims that the wife is her daughter; Ponza claims that her daughter is dead and that this is his second wife. The town gossip mill is aflame. The Guardian called it “like a thriller with the boring bits left out.” Absolutely! (perhaps) will run from October 9 to November 9 of this year. Allison Arkell Stockman directs.
On February 5, 2015, Constellation begins its run of Martin McDonough’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, the story of Padraic, a homicidal I.R.A. freak, who has lost his kitty-cat due to the negligence of the local he had appointed to keep an eye over the animal. Ben Brantley called Inishmore a “gleeful, gruesome play.” Matt Wilson, Artistic Director of Faction of Fools, will direct Inishmore, which will run until March 8.
Constellation returns to its roots in deep history with The Fire and the Rain, a modern enactment of The Mahabharata. Arvasu longs to marry Nittali and become an actor; his brother seeks to relieve a draught while a rival seduces his wife. This is the translation by Girish Kanard; Stockman directs. From April 23 to May 24, 2015.