Cate Blanchett to Star as Russian Widow in "The Present" As She Makes Broadway Debut

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Cate Blanchett will soon make her Broadway debut as a Russian widow in The Present.

The Present is a lesser-known Chekhov play, reimagined for its production on the Broadway stage.

Cate Blanchett stars in the role of Anna Petrovna, and the play tells the story of a group of friends celebrating her 40th birthday.

John Crowley, known for directing three previous Broadway plays--A Behanding in Spokane, A Steady Rain, and The Pillowman--will direct The Present. He also directed the film Brooklyn.

“It’s about life, basically, and the choices that a group of people make,” he says.

“It’s also very, very, Chekhov, in a lot of ways truer to his spirit than a lot of period productions which rely heavily on a certain mood rather than actual drama,” he adds. “And it’s extremely witty.”

The Present's run will be limited to 13 weeks, which is typical of plays with stars of Cate Blanchett's caliber. While this will be her Broadway debut, Cate Blanchett has starred in several off-Broadway productions.

Nominated for six Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett is up for one this year for her role in Carol.

Performances of The Present will begin late in 2016.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.