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The Last Match

"Don't you dare say it's only a game. In The Last Match, life itself is at stake" —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A classic sports rivalry that combines humor and pathos with natural ease" —NY1

You’ve given it all to reach the top of your game. Now where do you go from here? That’s the question at the heart of Anna Ziegler’s new play The Last Match. It’s the semifinals of the US Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife and himself that he’s still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero.

Set against the high-stakes backdrop of professional sports, this New York premiere, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, serves up a richly theatrical look at what keeps us striving and why.

Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match will begin performances on September 28, 2017 and open officially on October 24, 2017. This is a limited engagement Off-Broadway.

Roundabout’s work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.
 
We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, James Costa and John Archibald, Linda L. D’Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Hess Foundation, Inc., Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Laura S. Rodgers, Seedlings Foundation, Mary Solomon, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and Dr. Leonard Tow.

"Don't you dare say it's only a game. In The Last Match, life itself is at stake." —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A classic sports rivalry that combines humor and pathos with natural ease" —Roma Torre, NY1

You’ve given it all to reach the top of your game. Now where do you go from here? That’s the question at the heart of Anna Ziegler’s new play The Last Match. It’s the semifinals of the US Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife and himself that he’s still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero.

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the last match Cast


Wilson Bethel
Tim
Alex Mickiewicz
Sergei
Natalia Payne
Galina
Zoë Winters
Mallory
Evan Powell
u/s Sergei
JD Taylor
u/s Tim, Sergei
Kea Trevett
u/s Mallory, Galina


the last match Creative


Anna Ziegler
Playwright
Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Director
Tim Mackabee
Set Designer
Montana Blanco
Costume Designer
Bradley King
Lighting Designer
Bray Poor
Sound Designer
Ben Furey
Dialect Coach
Samantha Watson
Production Stage Manager
Ellen Goldberg
Assistant Stage Manager


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