Constellation Theatre Company and the power of myth

With The Love of the Nightingale, Constellation will have five epic mythical tales in their production history: The Ramayana, The Arabian Nights, Metamorphoses and Gilgamesh.
The Love of the Nightingale, 2014

The Love of the Nightingale, 2014

Founding Artistic Director and Nightingale Director Allison Arkell Stockman, wrote: “As an undergrad comparative religion major I was very drawn to Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey, all of those ideas of myths and milestones that are seen repeated between cultures and throughout time.
Myths are larger than life and often incorporate call to adventure, initiation, ordeals, trials, sacrifice, resurrection.  This is a world of symbols, dreams, otherworldly mentors and guides.  They are imaginative and spectacular, and they reflect on a grand scale the core milestones that ordinary humans go through over the course of their life.  They connect the past to the present.  They allow us to understand ourselves and the world around us on a deeper level.”
“I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman or child.” 
― Joseph CampbellThe Power of Myth

Metamorphoses, 2012

About The Love of the Nightingale, Allison wrote: “This myth is a vehicle for us to express and process the darkest desires of the human heart.  It is a complex world in which both love and violence are beautiful and terrifying.  Tereus, the King of Thrace, is a war hero who has liberated Athens by conquering the invading army.  His physical prowess and steely courage are celebrated, but when violent tendencies emerge later we find ourselves condemning the warrior we once adored.  Wertenbaker gives us glimmering moments of love, both familial and romantic.  The strength of the sisters’ bond drives the play.  The romance between Philomele and the Captain allows them to feel “the gods within us.”  Yet, the god of love can also be cruel, even merciless, fueling a fiery passion that can be all consuming. The script, both witty and lyrical, allows this classical tale to resonate sharply today.”
Please join us for this powerful story!
The Love of the Nightingale runs April 24 – May 25.Pay-What-You-Can Previews: April 24 & 25 at 8:30 pm and April 26 at 8 pm.Post Show Talkbacks on Sunday, May 4 & Saturday, May 17 after 2 pm performance

Join us for Post Show Talkbacks on Sunday, May 4 & Saturday, May 17 after 2 pm performance.

Andreu Honeycutt as Enkidu with Gilgamesh

Andreu Honeycutt as Enkidu with Gilgamesh


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