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Spotlight: The Love of the Nightingale at Constellation

Love of the Nightengale - Constellation

Love of the Nightengale at Constellation

The ever-ambitious and ever-adept Constellation Theatre Company once again dares to stage a large-scale classic tale in the intimate Source Theater space. This time around the company’s Allison Arkell Stockman corrals a typically large ensemble and her trusty veteran designers to bring to life Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, a theatrical piece originally commissioned by the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company and inspired by a tale from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Constellation staple Megan Dominy stars as Philomele, who struggles mightily in a dangerous seafaring quest to reunite with her younger sister Procne (Dorea Schmidt) in this Greek tragedy about family loyalty and gender roles. The production includes puppetry by Don Becker and Erick Brooks and original music performed live by percussionist Tom Teasley. Through May 25. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 202-204-7741 or visit

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