The play tells the story of Anna Christie, an ex-prostitute, abandoned by her father as a child, who travels to find him on the waterfront and hiding her past, tries to find a safe harbor with him. The play dramatizes her search for redemption, and the conflict between her tempestuous relationships with her father, Chris, and her lover, ship stoker Mat Burke.
Set in a waterfront bar, and a barge in Provincetown and Boston Harbor, the unique location of the Provincetown harbor is a visual backdrop for this drama of family passion and secrets. The cast includes Jody O’Neil as Chris Christopherson, Sarah MacDonnell as Anna Christie, J. Stephen Brantley as Mat Burke, Lynda Sturner as Marthy Owen, and Nick Dorr as Johnny The Priest.
“We are delighted that the full cast is returning for the 2017 production, with the addition of J. Stephen Brantley as Mat,” said director Margaret Van Sant. “We can truly say we have two ‘Oscar’ winners and an ‘Oscar-nominated’ actor, since both Lynda Sturner and J. Stephen Brantley won the top acting awards at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and Sarah was nominated as best actress. The festival awards are a statue of Oscar Wilde!”
“Also, we are thrilled that we have Tony Straiges, Tony-award winning set designer for the first Broadway production of “Sunday In The Park With George”, who will be our set consultant for “Anna Christie” and will assist in transforming the Wharf House into a saloon in Greenwich Village and then a barge in Provincetown Harbor.”
Written in Provincetown in 1916, and the winner of the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Van Sant chose to stage the production at the Wharf House of the Provincetown Marina because the play is set the play is set in Provincetown and Boston Harbor. “It will be wonderful to look out the doors of the Wharf House and actually see Long Point Light–it is the perfect location.”
“ANNA CHRISTIE is a gritty and provocative play that holds you in suspense, as Anna tries to navigate the hold that both her father and her lover have on her. And the sexual politics in the play not only offers a clear look at the life of women in the early 1900’s but also feels very contemporary,” Van Sant said.
The Wharf House is located at the end of the Provincetown Marina (at the end of Ryder Street) It’s well known for the large photographs of the Portuguese fishing wives looking out to sea on its exterior walls. For more information or to book tickets, please contact:
www.provincetownannachristie.brownpapertickets.com Or call: 800-838-3006.