Centenary student directs "Constellations" at Central Art Station April 21-23

Director Aiden Poling looks on as Caroline Dopson and Christian Roberson rehearse a scene from "Constellations."


SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary senior Aiden Poling will cap off his collegiate theater career with a new challenge: sitting in the director’s chair. Poling tackles Nick Payne’s Constellations with a Centenary cast and crew at the Central Art Station in downtown Shreveport at the end of April. The show opens April 21 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional evening performance on April 22 and a 2:00 p.m. matinee to close the run on April 23.

In Constellations, playwright Nick Payne puts a wild spin on the typical dramatic structure to which audiences have become accustomed. Payne’s story follows the relationship of two characters, Marianne, a quantum physicist, and Roland, a humble beekeeper. The show opens with the two meeting each other by chance at a mutual friend’s barbeque, but what is quickly apparent is that the characters will be meeting each other again and again at different stages of their lives throughout the rest of the play.

“I think that Constellations is such an enjoyable play because of how relatable it is,” says Poling. “It seems to be ingrained in human nature for us to analyze and replay moments in our own lives, wondering how they might have been altered if we made different choices – if we had rolled out of bed on the left side instead of the right, if we were driving to work five minutes late instead of five minutes early, or if we had said how we truly felt instead of staying silent.”

Centenary’s production of Constellations stars sophomore Caroline Dopson as Marianne and senior Christian Roberson as Roland. Freshman Sarah Cook serves as stage manager.

Tickets for Constellations are available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2912612. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts for senior citizens and military personnel ($10), students from other colleges and universities ($5), and Centenary students (free).

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