In the Spotlife: Kelsey Didion of 'Constellations'

by John Moore | Mar 15, 2017
Kelsey Didion and Brett Aune in Curious Theatre's 'Constellations.' Photo by Michael Ensminger.
Brett Aune and Kelsey Didion in Curious Theatre's 'Constellations.' Photo by Michael Ensminger.


('In the Spotlife' is a regular feature of the DCPA NewsCenter calling attention to performers in theatre productions throughout the state of Colorado.)

MEET KELSEY DIDION

Kelsey Didion plays a scientist named Marianne in Curious Theatre's 'Constellations.'  Marianne meets beekeeper Roland at a party. They hit it off ... or maybe they don’t. Maybe they fall madly in love and get married. Or don't. Inspired by string theory, 'Constellations' is a multi-dimensional love story that asks just how much of love is written in the stars.

  • Kelsey Didion QuoteHometown: Urbana, Ill. (But Wisconsin is home. Go Pack!)
  • Home now: Boulder
  • High School: Washington High School
  • College: Bachelor of Science from the University of Evansville, MFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • What have you done for us lately? I played Antiphola of Ephesus in Colorado Shakespeare Festival's The Comedy of Errors
  • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Mrs. Givings in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, N.C. I was directed by the inimitable Vivienne Benesch (the woman I want to be when I grow up), and the process was revelatory for me. It was my first professional experience playing a character with that kind of a journey over the course of a play. It’s where I fell in love with being in the rehearsal room. I was lucky enough to have that magical combination of a sensitive director, an entirely trusting ensemble, and gorgeous text full of warmth and heart. 
  • Ideal scene partner: Laura Linney. She’d school me in presence, grace and transparency. The woman just disappears into her characters. Or, for something completely different, some wonderful clown like Rowan Atkinson or Christopher Guest.
  • What is Constellations all about? It’s a play about choice. Fate vs. free will. It’s structured in a beautiful way: We witness two characters live through different variations of the same life event over and over, affected by the different choices they’ve made. It’s also one big romance, a boy-meets-girl love story seen through the frame of parallel universes.
  • Tell us about the challenge of playing Marianne: I’ve never dealt with a play like this before. There are many challenges, which is both a joy and hell! This play asks a lot of its actors. There’s no opportunity to shift into a lower gear or recover, really. You just have to get on the train and go. So in that, there’s been a lot of trust and vulnerability required. Technically, it’s been a real bear to get the transitions between scenes (which turn on a hairpin!) into my bones.
  • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing this play? I hope they walk away from this play reflecting on the beauty, complexity, and chaos of our existence. As one of the characters says, “If only we could understand why it is that we’re here and what it is that we’re meant to spend our lives doing.” But really – we’re all doing our best, and we really have no way of knowing what the outcome of our choices will be. All we can really do is keep moving through this chaotic, messy, beautiful life with as much grace as we can.
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  • What's one thing most people don't know about you? In another universe I’d be pursuing a career in music or sound engineering. I lack any real training, but I dabble in arranging and composition and do live foley. I also have a secret fantasy of being a DJ, but there is an inherent coolness that I’m lacking by about 85 percent.
  • What’s one thing you want to get off your chest? I’ve recently discovered Australian-style licorice, and the world will never be the same.
  • Instagram handle: @kdidion1


  • Kelsey Didion, second from right, in Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 'The Comedy of Errors'  last summer in Boulder. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.


    Curious Theatre's Constellations: Ticket information

    • Written by Nick Payne
    • Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
    • Through April 15
    • Performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
    • 1180 Acoma St.
    • Tickets $34-$44
    • Info: 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

    Cast list:
    • Kelsey Didion as Marianne
    • Brett Aune as Roland

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    Meet Carley Cornelius of Colorado Springs TheatreWorks' Constellations
    Meet Emily Paton Davies of Miners Alley Playhouse's God of Carnage
    Meet Denise Freestone of OpenStage's August: Osage County
    Meet Sam Gregory of the Arvada Center's Tartuffe
    Meet John Hauser of Curious Theatre's Hand to God
    Meet Jim Hunt of Buntport's The Zeus Probem
    Meet Jeff Jesmer of Spotlight Theatre'sThe Crucible
    Meet Wayne Kennedy of BDT Stage's Mid-Life 2
    Meet Seth Maisel of Town Hall Arts Center's The Firestorm
    Meet Tim McCracken of Local Theatre's The Firestorm
    Meet Angela Mendez of Beauty and the Beast
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    Meet Jane Shirley of Santa's Big Red Sack
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