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Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh succumb to the intoxicating power of lust and obsession in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of THE PRESENT, coming to Broadway for 13 weeks only. A new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play (PLATONOV), THE PRESENT unfolds over the course of a birthday celebration in the post-Perestroika Russian countryside. Old flames ignite in this passionate and bitingly comic play. Performed by 13 of Australia’s finest actors, THE PRESENT is adapted by Andrew Upton and directed by John Crowley (Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn). This strictly limited engagement marks the Broadway debuts of both Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Roxburgh.
  • There will be tears, sex
    and vodka – Lots of vodka.
  • Brilliantly blistering.
  • deep, uninhibited, emotional.
Cate Blanchett
A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and two-time Academy Award winner (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine), Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed actor, director and producer of work in and for the stage and screen.
She served alongside Andrew Upton as Co-Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company between 2008-2013, during which time she directed David Harrower’s Blackbird and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and toured internationally in Sydney Theatre Company productions of A Streetcar Named Desire (BAM, Kennedy Centre), directed by Liv Ulman, Uncle Vanya (Kennedy Centre, Lincoln Centre Festival), directed by Tamás Ascher (winning the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Nonresident Production for both performances), Gross und Klein (London, Paris, Vienna, Recklinghausen) and The Maids (Lincoln Centre Festival), both directed by Benedict Andrews.
Her other stage appearances include Plenty (1999), Hedda Gabler (2006), for which she received the Ibsen Centennial Commemoration Award, and Benedict Andrews’ epic production of The War of the Roses (2009), in which she played the roles of Richard II and Lady Anne. Other notable productions include Top Girls, Hamlet, The Tempest and Oleanna. Her film roles include Carol, Truth, Cinderella, The Monuments Men, Blue Jasmine, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hanna, Robin Hood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I’m Not There, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Good German, Notes on a Scandal, Babel, Little Fish, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Aviator, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Missing, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Veronica Guerin, Heaven, The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray, Bandits, The Gift, The Talented Mr Ripley, Pushing Tin, Elizabeth, Oscar and Lucinda. Additional awards include Four Helpmann Awards for Best Female Actor in a Play (The Maids, Gross und Klein, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler), two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role (Gross und Klein, A Streetcar Named Desire),
Blanchett is a Six-time Academy Award nominee and also has been awarded Three Best Actress BAFTAs (Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth, The Aviator), 3 AFI Awards for (Little Fish, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Oscar and Lucinda), 3 SAG Awards (Blue Jasmine, The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), 3 Golden Globe Awards (Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth, I’m Not There), and the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actress (I’m Not There). She also received a Centenary Medal for her service to Australian society through acting and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR.
Richard Roxburgh
was last seen on the New York stage in Uncle Vanya (New York and Washington, DC). At Sydney Theatre Company he has appeared in The Present (2016 Helpmann Award nomination), Cyrano de Bergerac, Waiting for Godot (London tour), Uncle Vanya, Closer, The Homecoming, Burn This, Once in a Lifetime, Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife and Pericles. Other theatre includes Toy Symphony, The Seagull, Hamlet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Wolf's Banquet (all at the Belvoir St Theatre), Serious Money and The Three Musketeers at the Melbourne Theatre Company, and The Beaux' Stratagem at the Queensland Theatre Company. He has directed productions of Ray's Tempest, Twelfth Night and That Eye The Sky. His films include Looking for Grace, Hacksaw Ridge, The Turning, Sanctum, Ice, Matching Jack, Like Minds, Fragile, The One and Only, Moulin Rouge!, Mission Impossible: II, The Last September, Passion, In the Winter Dark, Oscar & Lucinda, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Children of the Revolution. He directed the film Romulus My Father. Television appearances include "Rake" (also creator and producer), "Hawke," "East of Everything," "False Witness," "The Silence," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," "Blue Murder," "The Road from Coorain," "Blonde," "The Last of the Ryans," "Twisted Tales: One Way Ticket," "The Paperman." His awards include 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Actor (Waiting for Godot), 2014 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor (Cyrano de Bergerac), 2012 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama ("Rake"), 2011 Logie Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama ("Rake"), 2010 AFI Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama ("Hawke"), 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Actor and 2007 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor (Toy Symphony). 2007 AFI Award for Best Film (Romulus My Father). 2006 AFI Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama ("The Silence"). 1997 AFI Award for Best Actor and Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Actor ("Doing Time for Patsy Cline"). 1994 Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle Award and 1995 Green Room Award for Best Actor (Hamlet).
Andrew Buchanan
Andrew has played diverse roles for Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company in classics such as Macbeth (MacDuff), The Crucible (John Procter), No Man's Land (Briggs), The Cherry Orchard (Lopakhin), Hamlet (Hamlet) and The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio). Contemporary productions include God of Carnage, Female of the Species, Cosi, Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Bouncers, Summer of the Aliens, The Sex Diary of an Infidel. Film and television credits include "The Family Law," "Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door," "Wanted," Drive Hard, "Fatal Honeymoon," "Sisters of War," "Slide," "Sea Patrol," The Condemned and "Monarch Cove". 
Anna Bamford
graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2012. Prior to her time at drama school she was a member of the award winning NSW-based Sport For Jove Theatre Company in Sydney.  Anna's television credits include playing one of the leads in the popular Network Ten show "Wonderland" for three successful series and also a prominent guest role on the critically acclaimed ABC series "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries." In 2014 Anna received a TV WEEK Logie nomination for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer. Anna's theatre credits include The Present (STC), Freak Winds (Old Fitz), Romeo & Juliet (Sport For Jove) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sport For Jove).
David Downer
One of Australia's most accomplished actors, David Downer has an impressive list of film, theatre and television credits. David has performed with many major theatre companies including the Melbourne Theatre Company in Ring Around the Moon, The Doll Trilogy, The Rivals and Beaux Stratagem. With Sydney Theatre Company Woman in Mind, The Way of the World, The Normal Heart and The Present. Performances in London include The Importance of Being Earnest at the Old Vic and Spring and Port Wine in the West End. David has also worked extensively in film, radio and television.
Eamon Farren
graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2007 and has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Eamon's film credits include Mohawk, Lion, Girl Asleep, Love is Now, Chained, Careless Love, Red Dog, X, Blessed and Lucky Country. Television credits include the new series of "Twin Peaks," "The Pacific," "The Killing Field," "Carlotta" for which Eamon won the 2015 AACTA Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama. Eamon's theatre credits include The Present (STC), Switzerland (STC), Mojo (STC), Girl Asleep (Windmill), Fugitive (Windmill), Romeo & Juliet (STC), Mrs. Warren's Profession (STC) and Babyteeth (Belvoir).
Martin Jacobs
is an actor with a wealth of theatre, television and feature film credits. In the UK, he has starred in numerous world premiere productions over six years at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as Leeds Playhouse, The Young Vic and London's West End. In Australia, he has played leading roles in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Martin's feature film credits include Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart, Over the Hill with Olympia Dukakis, Joey, What I Have Written and Turtle Beach. Television credits are numerous but include more recently "Secret City," "Deadline Gallipoli" and "Rake," as well as "Jag" for U.S. Television.
Brandon McClelland
graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2012. Brandon's theatre credits include: The Golden Age, The Present, Suddenly Last Summer (STC), M. Rock, The Farm, Loot, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Richard III and Faust (NIDA). His film credits include: James Vanderbilt’s feature film Truth, and D'Arby Deck's short films Walking Moon and Walk Right In.  His television credits include: "Here Come the Habib's," "Love Child," "ANZAC Girls" and "The Devil's Playground." Brandon received a 2015 Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Newcomer, and won The Equity Award for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, both for ANZAC Girls.
Jacqueline McKenzie
Multi-award winning actor Jacqueline McKenzie made her New York Stage debut in The White Devil at BAM, followed by The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui opposite Al Pacino at the Schimmel Center, directed by Simon McBurney. The Present marks her Broadway debut. Other notable credits include Orlando, A Cat on Hot Tin Roof, Saint Joan, and Hamlet. The Australian actress, best known as Diana Skouris in the hit CBS series, The 4400. Her additional screen credits include Deep Blue Sea, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Romper Stomper, Angel Baby, and most recently Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner.
Marshall Napier
Marshall Napier's theatre works include The Present (STC), Freak Winds (Old Fitz), All My Sons (Eternity Playhouse), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Belvoir), The Gift (ATC), In the Next Room (STC), The Power of Yes (Belvoir), The Birthday Party (MTC), Frost/Nixon (MTC), Simpatico (STC), A View from the Bridge (Belvoir), Waiting for Godot (Q. Theatre), Speaking in Tongues (Griffin).  Feature films: Down Under, Griff the Invisible, The Water Horse, Dead Heart, Babe, Lucky Break, Shotgun Wedding, The Big Steal, Flirting, The Navigator.  Television credits: "Love Child," "The Moodys," "Underbelly," "Jack Irish," "City Homicide," "McLeod's Daughters," "Stingers," "Water Rats," "Blue Murder," "Mission Impossible," "Police Rescue."
Susan Prior
graduated from NIDA. Extensive theatre work includes 10 plays for the STC, with highlights Andrew Upton's Riflemind (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sydney and London's West End), Our Town and Suddenly Last SummerKing Lear (Bell Shakespeare). Features: Jasper Jones and the critically acclaimed Animal Kingdom; TV series: "Top of the Lake" (director, Jane Campion) and a series regular on "Puberty Blues" (Southern Star). Susan starred in Peter Templeman's Oscar-nominated short The Saviour and received an AACTA Award (the Australian Oscar equivalent) for David Michod's film The Rover, in which she starred with Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan's theatre works for Sydney Theatre Company include All My SonsThe PresentChildren of the SunCyrano De Bergerac, and Gross Und Klein which performed internationally in 2012. For Malthouse: Meow Meow's Little MermaidLittle Match GirlTis Pity She's a Whore and Elizabeth. For Belvoir: Measure for Measure and The Promise. Chris also co-wrote and appeared in Malthouse / Hayloft Project's Thyestes, which was remounted by Belvoir and Sydney Festival in 2012, and performed internationally in 2014-2015. Chris also co-wrote/adapted The Wild Duck (Belvoir) that toured internationally in 2014. Chris was also an original principle cast member of Global Creatures' King Kong.
Toby Schmitz
is an Australian film, television and theatre actor. His theatre credits include Tom Stoppard's Travesties, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Tim Minchin. Toby also performed in Stone's productions of Strange Interlude, The Wild Duck - in Sydney, Melbourne and Oslo, and in his European touring production of Thyestes. Most recently he performed in Andrew Upton's The Present alongside Cate Blanchett (STC). His television credits include the HBO mini-series "The Pacific," "McLeod's Daughters," "White Collar Blue," "City Homicide," "Water Rats," "Home and Away," "Temptation," "Cleo," "Crownies," and "Underbelly: The Man Who Got Away." Toby's film credits include Griff The Invisible, The Rage in Placid Lake, Emulsion and Somersault.
Andrew Upton
After Anton Chekhov's Platonov

Andrew Upton was most recently represented on the New York Stage with his adaptations of Hedda Gabler (2006), Uncle Vanya (2012) and The Maids (2014).

He recently stepped down as the Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company after an 8-year tenure. As writer, his first adaptation for STC was Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, which debuted in 1999 and was reprised in 2014 under Andrew's own direction. His adaptation of Molière's Don Juan was produced by STC in 2001. A third adaptation, Hedda Gabler, was staged by STC in 2004. His adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard was presented by STC in 2005. His adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (2010) went on to play the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Andrew co-adapted Jean Genet's The Maids with Benedict Andrews, presented as part of STC's 2013 season and most recently, his adaptation of Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky ran in 2014.

Other works for STC include his play Riflemind, staged as part of the 2007 STC main stage season and in London in 2008.

Andrew's adaptation of Maxim Gorky's Philistines was presented at the National Theatre of Great Britain in 2007 and his adaptation of Bulgakov's The White Guard was commissioned and presented by the National in 2010. Other work with the National includes his adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in 2011, which was subsequently broadcast by NT Live, and his adaptation of Children of the Sun in 2013.

John Crowley
John has directed Martin McDonagh's A Behanding in Spokane (2010), and A Steady Rain (2009) on Broadway, and Juno & The Paycock at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Other theatre credits include Nick Payne's The Same Deep Water as Me (Donmar Warehouse, 2013); The Playboy of the Western World (Old Vic, London, 2011); Love Song (New Ambassadors, London); On an Average Day (Comedy Theatre, London, 2002); The Pillowman (2005 Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play); Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards (Royal National Theatre, London); Shadows (Royal Shakespeare Company); Tales From HollywoodThe MaidsHow I Learned To Drive and Into The Woods (all at the Donmar Warehouse, London); Macbeth and The Turn of The Screw (Welsh National Opera); The Blue Macushla (Druid Theatre Company, Galway); One for the Road and Phaedra (Gate Theatre, Dublin); True Lines and Double Helix (both devised plays, Bickerstaffe Theatre Company); The Crucible and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Abbey Theatre, Dublin).
Crowley's film credits include the Academy Award® nominated Brooklyn which also won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, Is Anybody There? Intermission, and Boy A (for which he won a BAFTA for Best Director).
Alice Babidge
Set and Costume Design
Nick Schlieper
Lighting Design
Stefan Gregory
Composer and Sound Design
Stuart Thompson
Sydney Theatre Company
Rachael Azzopardi and Patrick McIntyre (STC)
Executive Producers
  • There will be tears, sex
    and vodka – Lots of vodka.
  • Brilliantly blistering.
  • deep, uninhibited, emotional.

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