Canterbury opens 51st season with 'Constellations'

Submitted photoFrom left, Elise Birmingham and Thomas Hadzeriga in "Constellations" at Canterbury Summer Theatre, playing June 12-15. 

MICHIGAN CITY — Canterbury Summer Theatre opens its 51st season of productions with the time-bending romance, Constellations, performing June 12-15. The theatre is located at 807 Franklin St., Michigan City.

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.

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 we make, and have never made, exists in an unimaginably vast multitude of parallel universes.

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

Constellations stars Canterbury Guest Artist, 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. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $16 to $17, with discounts for seniors and students.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (219) 874-4269 or email

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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