The Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present, which is currently running at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater, has announced a digital lottery that will begin today. Interested parties can enter to win on the show's official website. The play will run for a limited engagement through March 19.
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh star in the production alongside members of the original Australian company: 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). Everyone in the cast makes their Broadway debuts.
Inspired by Anton Chekhov's Platonov, Andrew Upton's The Present is set in the mid-1990s in an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Anna Petrovna (Blanchett), an independent but compromised widow. At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh), along with his wife, his former students, and their friends and partners. Boiling away inside their comfortable appearances is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fueled by 20 years of denial, regret, and thwarted desire.
The production features scenic and costume design by Alice Babidge, lighting design by Nick Schlieper, and sound design and musical compositions by Stefan Gregory.
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