ECTC takes Broadway to Grand Boulevard

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Kristin Devine and Broadway’s Kevin DeJesus-Jones appear in the upcoming show Constellations. SPECIAL TO THE LOG

Emerald Coast Theatre Company launches its 2016/17 season with an intriguing look into the multi-universe theory.

Author Nick Payne’s romantic journey "Constellations" is a two-character drama recently performed on Broadway by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. "Constellations" will keep your wheels turning as the boundaries of our world are questioned. Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that has delighted audiences in New York and London.

The excitement continues as Emerald Coast Theatre Company announces Kristin Devine and Broadway’s Kevin DeJesus-Jones as the cast of the upcoming fall show "Constellations." DeJesus-Jones made his Broadway debut in 2013 as The Hero Flyer in "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark." He graduated in 2011 from the University of Miami with a BA in theatre arts and a minor in dance. Other credits include "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" (Andrew Jackson), "Gypsy" (Tulsa), and "The Drowsy Chaperone" (Robert Martin). He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a special appearance contract.

Devine is a graduate of University of Miami's BFA Musical Theater program and brings a multitude of experience with her to ECTC. She recently closed "Passing Fancies" (Liana) at Slope Arts Festival in Brooklyn, New York, and a few of her credits include "Doubt" (Sister James), "Pippin" (Catherine), and "A Chorus Line" (Val). You can catch her this holiday season in "A Christmas Carol" at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre.

“This mix of relationship and science is a beautiful challenge to our definition of time and space,” said Nathanael Fisher, ECTC’s producing artistic director and director of the show. “The playwright, Nick Payne, takes us on a journey to consider our use of time and how our choices affect our universe."

The show will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinée at 2 p.m. through Nov. 6. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students, and $40 for the VIP preview that includes a post-show reception with ECTC’s board and the cast of the show. Performances will take place in the new venue in the upstairs portion of 560 Grand Boulevard. The entrance is on the U.S. Hwy. 98 side of the building and there is elevator access. For more information and ticket sales, go to www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 850-684-0323.

A pop up art gallery called “Beyond Boundaries” will be presented along with "Constellations." Lori Drew and Sherry Londe are curating the gallery with local artists' work on display. This will be the third time ECTC has collaborated with local artists to add a visual art element to the theater experience.