Photo Flash: Cast of ANTHEM Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway

ANTHEM, a stage adaption of Ayn Rand's novel. Adapted for the stage by composer Jeff Britting, curator of the Ayn Rand Archives, Anthem plays at The Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (450 W. 37th Street). The show opened last night Off-Broadway ahead of a limited ten-week run through December 1, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast's opening night bows and festivities below!

ANTHEM is the story of a young man, EQUALITY 7-2521, who is born into a future world that has banished all individuality. Not satisfied with a world lighted by candles, EQUALITY fosters his love of discovery in an abandoned subway, a relic of the past. In solitude, EQUALITY rediscovers electricity and a new source of light. Above ground he meets and falls in love with LIBERTY 5-3000, committing a further "sin of preference."

The cast of Anthem includes: Matthew Leiff Christian as Equality, Lelund Durond Thompson as International, Tina Johnson as Old Woman, and Sofia Lauwers as Liberty. Sarah Walker Thornton &Alex Teicheira make up the ensemble.

Directed by Ann Ciccolella, artistic director of the Austin Shakespeare Theatre Company, Anthem has set design by Kevin Judge, Costume Design by Theresa Squire, Lighting Design by Jason Amato and Sound Design by Anthony Mattana.

Since its full American publication in 1961, Anthem has sold more than 5 million copies. Originally produced by Austin Shakespeare in 2011, Anthem's Off-Broadway staging coincides with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the novel's publication.

ANTHEM begins previews September 25 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater (450 W, 37th Street). Opening on October 7th, Anthem will run through December 1, 2013. Tickets, priced at $50-69, will be available through: www.AnthemThePlay.com or through Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111.

Photos by Tristan Fuge

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