Experience the Wilbury Group’s Drive-In Theatrical Performance, Constellations

The play is performed outdoors, under the stars and viewable from the warmth and safety of your car at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence.
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Rachel Dulude, Josh Short, Aubrey Snowden and Annalee Cavallaro rehearse at the Wilbury Group’s outdoor theater for Constellations. Photo by Erin X. Smithers.

Drive-in movie theaters are still a popular way for people to enjoy a movie while socially distancing, so why not use that same concept to watch a theatrical performance? 

Join the Wilbury Theatre Group and WaterFire Providence in supporting the production of Constellations, a show performed outdoors, under the stars at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. Audience members will sit warm and safely in their cars, just like a drive-in theater, and tune into an FM radio station to listen to the play. The show runs December 3-19 and will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here. On December 11 and 18 there will be a Spanish language performance where patrons can tune into a separate FM station to hear the play in Spanish.

This show, by Nick Payne, and directed by Aubrey Snowden, follows the adventures and romance of quantum cosmologist, Marianne (Rachel Dulude), and artisan beekeeper, Roland (Josh Short). The couple must go through the trials of a relationship while exploring the Quantum Multiverse. 

Audience members are required to socially distance at the venue and follow all COVID guidelines. The Wilbury Group has been careful about all precautions. “Over the last few months, we’ve been working very hard with our partners at WaterFire, at the Brown University School of Public Health and at Actors’ Equity Association to ensure that we are providing this experience as safely as possible,” says the Wilbury Group’s Artistic Director, and star of the show, Josh Short. 

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Rachel Dulude. Photo by Erin X. Smithers.

“I couldn’t be more proud to see our team of collaborators reunite and embrace these changes and precautions in order to bring audiences this beautiful story of hope, change and optimism,” he says. 

WaterFire’s new COVID-safe outdoor theater venue was conceived and designed by WaterFire Artistic Director Barnaby Evans, who says, “Art is an essential part of our lives and one of the many tragedies of COVID is its cessation of art enriching our lives, not to mention the devastation it has caused to the entire arts sector, with most theaters dark. In experimenting with this new theatrical venue, safety was the first priority.”

Due to constantly changing COVID-19 conditions, guidelines and restrictions, this performance is subject to change. For up-to-date information, and to purchase tickets, visit thewilburygroup.org.



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