The Present

Following a sold-out, critically acclaimed engagement in Sydney, Australia last August, THE PRESENT, Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, is now being presented on Broadway for a limited engagement through March 19, 2017 at the Barrymore Theatre.

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THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company Australian cast including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail) and is directed by John Crowley. Additional casting includes Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirrill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).  THE PRESENT will be directed by John Crowley. Set and costume design is by Alice Babidge with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is Sound Designer and Composer.

THE PRESENT will be produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and Sydney Theatre Company.

Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, Anton Chekhov’s untitled first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright’s death.

Andrew Upton’s adaptation is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett).  At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners.  They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.