The Present

THE PRESENT played at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre through March 19, 2017.

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THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company Australian cast including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail). Additional casting included 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 was directed by John Crowley. Set and costume design was by Alice Babidge with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory was Sound Designer and Composer.

THE PRESENT was 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 was 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 was the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may have appeared comfortable, but boiling away inside was a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.