Cate Blanchett is set to make her Broadway debut in The Present.
It is based on the Chekhov play, Platonov and was adapted by Andrew Upton.
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, former students, friends and their partners. Their comfortable poses soon give way deeper veins of regret, denial and desire.
The play will be put on by the Sydney Theatre Company.