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Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Broadway Debut in American Premiere of Nick Payne's Constellations

Michael Longhurst will direct Manhattan Theatre Club's production of the multiverse-theory drama. logo
Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut in Constellations, a new play by Nick Payne, at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
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Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut later this year in the American premiere of Nick Payne's Constellations, a coproduction of Manhattan Theatre Club and London's Royal Court Theatre, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The drama, to be directed by Michael Longhurst, is presented by special arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group and Dodger Properties.

Constellations reunites playwright Payne, director Longhurst, and cast member Gyllenhaal, who previously collaborated on the American premiere of Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. The limited engagement will begin December 16, with opening night set for January 13.

In the two-character play, Gyllenhaal plays Roland, a beekeeper who engages in a relationship with Marianne, a quantum physicist. Payne then explores their relationship through the concept of the multiverse theory, where several scenarios coexist at the same time.

Casting for the role of Marianne, as well as the full creative team, will be announced in the coming months. Constellations premiered in 2012 at the Royal Court Theatre in a production starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins under Longhurst's direction. It subsequently transferred to London's Duke of York's Theatre.

Gyllenhaal's Broadway appearance comes during the same season that his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, will make her own Broadway debut, in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.