Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce


Contrary to its title, this bubbly and whimsical comedy from the acclaimed playwright of The Clean House  and Dead Man’s Cell Phone  will make you fall in love with love. Tilly, a bank teller, is consumed by a melancholy so exquisite that everyone she meets becomes infatuated with her. But when Tilly inexplicably discovers happiness, her joy wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

"A delightfully poetic, whimsical tale that’s full of humor and emotion"  - CityBeat

Presented by Constellation Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
100 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$19 - $45

Discount Tickets Available PWYC and Discount Previews, Industry Night, Military, Group (6+)

Visit Show Website

Box Office Phone: 202-204-7741

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 08/10/2018 - 09/02/2018
Sunday 2:00pm7:30pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday ---
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 2:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 08/10/2018 - 8:00pm PWYC Preview
  • 08/11/2018 - 8:00pm $15 Preview
  • 08/12/2018 - 7:30pm $25 Preview
  • 08/13/2018 - 7:30pm Press Opening
  • 08/27/2018 - 7:30pm Industry Night

Dark Days

  • 08/12/2018 - 2:00pm
  • 08/16/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 08/17/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 08/18/2018 - 2:00pm
  • 08/18/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 08/19/2018 - 2:00pm
  • 08/19/2018 - 7:30pm

Sold Out Performances

  • 08/13/2018 - 7:30pm
Performer Role
Billie Krishawn Tilly
Mary Myers Frances
John Austin Frank
Lilian Oben Joan
Christian Montgomery Lorenzo
Kate R Burgman Julian, the Cellist
Production Personnel
Sarah Ruhl
Nick Martin
Costume Designer
Kitt Crescenzo
Set Designer
Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Lighting Designer
A.J. Guban
Dialect Consultant: Elizabeth van den Berg
Props Designer: Marie Schneggenburger


Constellation Theatre Company at Source
1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Getting There

  • U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green/Yellow Lines)


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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