A performance of the new play Constellations will be followed by a live on-stage discussion between physicist and World Science Festival co-founder Brian Greene and playwright Nick Payne, who’ll discuss the deep questions raised by the play.
The story of Constellations is “boy meets girl” with a scientific twist. A simple encounter between a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a woman (Ruth Wilson) leads to a romantic journey that eventually encompasses one of the most profound theories of physics: the idea that we live in a bundle of universes where all possibilities exist. Greene and Payne will follow the show with a discussion about what we know about the multiverse—and what remains a mystery.
World Science Festival’s “Science and Story” series gathers the world’s foremost writers and thinkers to discuss how they craft stories that bring the vitality and wonder of science to life.
This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative.
Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! Her first book, Approval Junkie, was just published by Crown and chronicles her meaningful/embarrassing lifelong quest for validation. She is a host of the PBS and CUNY.org show, Science Goes to the Movies. Salie is a Rhodes scholar whose classmates went on to become governors and Pulitzer Prize winners, while she landed on a Star Trek collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents.
Nick Payne is a playwright. He is the author of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, for which he won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. He also authored the plays Wanderlust, Sophocles’ Electra, Lay Down Your Cross, Blurred Lines, Incognito, and The Same Deep Water As Me, which was nominated for the Olivier Awards Best New Comedy. Nick Payne’s Constellations is the winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and was nominated for the Olivier Awards Best New Play. Constellations will open on Broadway in 2015 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and two-time Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson. Nick Payne studied at the University of York and subsequently at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He is also a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme.