Time-bending romance to start Canterbury summer season

Elise Birmingham and Thomas Hadzeriga star in "Constellations" at the Canterbury Summer Theatre. Performances are June 12-15.

MICHIGAN CITY — Get ready for a show about multiple universes and love.

Canterbury Summer Theatre opens its 51st season of productions with the show "Constellations," performing June 12-15.

Written by Nick Payne, the play won Best New Work at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London, and transferred to a Tony-nominated production on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in 2015, the Theatre said.

According to Canterbury Theatre, "Constellations" is a "spellbinding," romantic journey that begins at a backyard barbecue, with a simple encounter between Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a theoretical physicist, who believes that every decision people make, and have never made, exists in an unimaginably vast multitude of parallel universes.

But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world people think they know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship, and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

"Constellations" stars Canterbury guest artists Elise Birmingham and Thomas Hadzeriga.

Birmingham, a veteran actress based in Shreveport, was last seen on the Canterbury stage in "Last Train to Nibroc," and directed last season's production of "End of the Rainbow." Elise most recently performed the role of Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Thomas Hadzeriga is making his Canterbury debut in "Constellations." A recent graduate in theatre from Northwestern State University, his past credits include "Spring Awakening," "Next to Normal" and "Young Frankenstein," among many others.

"Constellations" is directed by Canterbury Associate Artistic Director David Graham, marking his 30th staging for the company.

Leah Mazur also returns to Canterbury as guest artist, to handle scenic and lighting designs for "Constellations." Mazur is assistant professor of Scenography and Resident Designer at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She formerly worked as Scenic Designer and Technical Director at Canterbury for five seasons, while also performing in several shows, including the starring role in "A Closer Walk" with Patsy Cline.

Angela Mix serves as costumer for the production, with Mary DeVillier as stage manager.

Canterbury performances are at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $16-$17, with discounts for seniors and students.

Tickets can be purchased online at tiny.cc/CST2019, by phone at 219-874-4269 or e-mail info@canterburytheatre.org.

The theatre is located at 807 Franklin Street in Michigan City.

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, which also manages the Canterbury Winter Arts Series.

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