Salvage, Part 3 of 'Utopia,' Begins Jan. at the Beaumont

By: Jan. 16, 2007
Salvage, the final installment of Tom Stoppard's three-part play, The Coast of Utopia, begins previews on Tuesday, January 30 at 8 pm at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

This Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Jack O'Brien, will open on Sunday, February 18 at 3 pm. The action of The Coast of Utopia, which premiered at London's National Theatre in 2002, begins in 1833 with Part One - Voyage (which opened in November), set in the Russian countryside as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Part Two - Shipwreck (which opened in December) begins thirteen years later outside Moscow and follows the characters' exile to Paris, Dresden and Nice. Part Three - Salvage, takes place over a period of twelve years in London and Geneva. All three parts will be performed in rotation during the production's limited engagement through Sunday, May 13.

This American premiere of The Coast of Utopia, is being performed by a company of 44 actors lead by Billy Crudup, Richard Easton, Jennifer Ehle, Josh Hamilton, David Harbour, Jason Butler Harner, Ethan Hawke, Amy Irving, Brían F. O'Byrne and Martha Plimpton, will be directed by Jack O'Brien.

"Beginning in mid-19th century Russia during the repressive reign of Tsar Nicholas I, Tom Stoppard's sweeping epic spans a period of thirty years as it tells the panoramic story of a group of Russian idealists, headed by the radical theorist and editor Alexander Herzen (Brían F. O'Byrne), the novelist Ivan Turgenev (Jason Butler Harner), the literary critic Vissarion Belinsky (Billy Crudup), the poet Nicholas Ogarev (Josh Hamilton) and the aristocrat-turned-anarchist Michael Bakunin (Ethan Hawke)," as press notes describe the show.

The Coast of Utopia also features Tolan Aman, Bianca Amato, Mia Barron, Larry Bull, Denis Butkus, Michael Carlsen, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Anthony Cochrane, Patricia Conolly, David Cromwell, Michael D'addario, Adam Dannheiser, Evan Daves, Matt Dickson, August Gladstone, Vivien Kells, Aaron Krohn, Felicity LaFortune, Jenn Lyon, David Manis, Andrew McGinn, Beckett Melville, Kellie Overbey, Scott, Parkinson, Kat Peters, David Pittu, Annie Purcell, Erika Rolfsrud, Sohpie Rudin, Brian Sgambati, Robert Stanton, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Baylen Thomas and David Christopher Wells.

Lincoln Center Theater is mounting the three parts of The Coast of Utopia individually, rehearsing and performing each part in turn as the next opens. During the final three and one-half weeks of the production's run audiences will have the opportunity to see all three parts in succession. And on nine Saturdays -- February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 28, April 2, 21, and 28 and May 5 - theatergoers will be able to see all three - Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage - in one-day marathons beginning at 11am.

The production 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.

The Coast of Utopia is the third partnership between playwright Tom Stoppard and director Jack O'Brien following their collaboration on LCT's award-winning productions of Hapgood and The Invention of Love. LCT also produced Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Director Jack O'Brien returns to Lincoln Center Theater where he last directed the Tony Award winning production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, and, in addition to his work with Tom Stoppard, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, Tina Howe's Pride's Crossing and Richard Nelson's Two Shakespearean Actors.

The Coast of Utopia is scheduled to run through Sunday, May 13.

Tickets to all three parts of The Coast of Utopia, priced from $65 to $100, are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at or by visiting For more information visit
Photo by Paul Kolnik - Brian F. O'Byrne and Josh Hamilton


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