Jake Gyllenhaal has booked his Broadway debut in “Constellations,” a project that will reunite him with writer Nick Payne and director Michael Longhurst of “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” the play in which Gyllenhaal starred Off Broadway in 2012.
Payne’s play “Constellations” earned raves when it bowed in 2012 at London’s Royal Court, where the show starred Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins in a premiere also helmed by Longhurst. The title went on to a West End run and has been circling New York ever since, arriving in Gotham in a staging produced by the Manhattan Theater Club and the Royal Court by special agreement with commercial entities Ambassador Theater Group and Dodger Properties.
The two-hander follows a romance between a beekeeper (Gyllenhaal) and a scientist who studies quantum mechanics, taking a fractured, quick-shifting approach to telling their tale as an exploration of the quantum-mechanics theory of coexisting parallel universes.
Gyllenhaal scored largely positive reviews for his Off Broadway stint in “If There Is,” and has appeared on the West End in “This is Our Youth.”
“Constellations” begins previews Dec. 16 ahead of a Jan. 13 opening at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Prior to that, the Gotham nonprofit kicks off its 2014-15 season with “The Country House,” the Donald Margulies play that stars Blythe Danner in a production that opened last night at the Geffen Playhouse.