A Day at the Coast: First Utopia Marathon Held Feb. 24

News   A Day at the Coast: First Utopia Marathon Held Feb. 24 Get out your seat cushions, Tom Stoppard fans — the first all-day marathon of the playwright's Coast of Utopia trilogy begins at 11 AM on Feb. 24 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Josh Hamilton and Martha Plimpton in Salvage the third installment of the Coast of Utopia Marathon.
Josh Hamilton and Martha Plimpton in Salvage the third installment of the Coast of Utopia Marathon. Photo by Paul Kolnik

After the first part of the trilogy, Voyage, the audience gets a lunch break before Shipwreck begins at 3:30 PM, and then a dinner break before Salvage starts up at 8 PM.

The other eight marathons will be held March 3, March 10, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 21, April 28 and May 5.

The epic Coast of Utopia trilogy tells the story of a group of nineteenth-century Russian intellectuals who debate politics and philosophy and struggle to change their political system over a 30-year period.

Voyage, which opened Nov. 27, is set in the Russian countryside and in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Part two, Shipwreck, which opened Dec. 21, begins outside Moscow 13 years after the first part and follows the characters to Paris, Dresden and Nice. Part three, Salvage, which opened Feb. 18, follows the characters to London and Geneva over the course of 12 years. The three plays will be performed in rotation until the trilogy closes on May 13.

Utopia, directed by Broadway veteran Jack O'Brien (Henry IV, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), boasts a cast of 44, including Billy Crudup, Richard Easton, Jennifer Ehle, Josh Hamilton, David Harbour, Jason Butler Harner, Ethan Hawke, Amy Irving, Brían F. O'Byrne and Martha Plimpton. The play has sets by Bob Crowley and Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Brian MacDevitt (Voyage), Kenneth Posner (Shipwreck) and Natasha Katz (Salvage) and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.

O'Brien previously directed LCT's productions of Stoppard's plays Hapgood and The Invention of Love. LCT also produced Stoppard's Arcadia.

The Coast of Utopia premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2002 in a production directed by Trevor Nunn.

The Vivian Beaumont Theater is located in Manhattan at 150 West 65th Street in Lincoln Center. For tickets or more information visit www.coastofutopia.com.

The company of <i>Voyage</i> the first part of Tom Stoppard's <i>Coast of Utopia</i>, which will have nine marathon performances.
The company of Voyage the first part of Tom Stoppard's Coast of Utopia, which will have nine marathon performances. Photo by Paul Kolnik