Hesitantly, she accepts. It transferred to Broadway in 2013. Character descriptions and a brief overview of the show are included at possumpointplayers.org. [20] "The house expanded with each of the play's moves, first from McCarter Theatre's proscenium stage to Newhouse Theater's thrust stage, then to the Golden Theatre's proscenium stage. [6] Rather than mimic Three Sisters, his play has a sister, brother and adopted sister, with the latter two being the most Chekhovian of the title characters. Written by Christopher Durang. Author bio(s) PDF Preview. It then moved to the John Golden Theatre, where it was nominated for six Tony Awards. Written by Christopher Durang Directed by Alyson Cohn. The show, which was due to open at the Charing Cross Theatre on 21 March, will now open later this year, with dates to be announced. As Cassandra uses a voodoo doll on Masha, trying to dissuade thoughts of selling the house, Sonia receives a phone call from a man she met at the party, requesting a date. Masha thinks it's about time to sell the house (a classic Chekhov plot device), since she's not making the kind of money she used to. [43][44] Grant received a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance. Performance dates for the comedy are May 7-9 and 14-16. As in life, so in theatre: time marches on, regardless of how one feels on the matter. [35] Weaver portrayed a movie star who was "overindulgent, self-centered, and unaware she’s on the decline." [36] Vanya is the protagonist in Uncle Vanya and Sonia is his niece. As the play ends, the three siblings, optimistic for the first time in a very long time, sit quietly together and listen to The Beatles' song "Here Comes the Sun". [27], In September/October 2013, a separate production ran in the Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, produced by Bryan Fonseca. "[35], The play received six Tony Award nominations for the 67th Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. With wit and absurdity, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day toils and troubles of celebrity, social networking, and age into a laugh-out-loud comedy that will tickle your funny bone and stimulate your mind. Cast. Spike's career has never started, and his biggest claim to fame is nearly landing a part in the sequel to Entourage, Entourage 2. Meanwhile, Masha comes from Chekhov's Three Sisters. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking, and the troubling onset of middle age, into a laugh-out loud comedy. Qty: Full Length, Comedy 2 men, 4 women Total Cast: 6, Flexible Set ISBN-13: 9780822228639. Shalita Grant. 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Produced by special arrangement with Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Sue Wagner and John Johnson. Spike (Tyson Bailey) admires himself in the mirror as Vanya (Stephen Wallace) and Sonia (Christine Andersen) can’t help but notice (particularly Vanya)! Durang mentioned that Masha is more like Madame Arkadina in The Seagull than any of Chekhov's characters named Masha. Take a look at our library of free monologues. "[6] Although the characters in the play, named by university professors, share names with Chekhov characters, they are not the same characters. "[14], Knowledge of Chekhov will increase the enjoyment of this work's in-jokes, but not as much as an understanding of Durang's absurdism, according to Theatermania.com's Brian Scott Lipton. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. MANSFIELD — The cast of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” had been rehearsing since January for an April production, taking their practices online when COVID-19 shut down theaters in March. [31][32] The show was produced in Seattle at the ACT Theatre from October 17 – November 16, 2014. [15], It opened on Broadway on March 14, 2013, at the John Golden Theatre,[9] after previews beginning March 5. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. In rehearsal, they’re discovering all about the characters’ personalities and eccentricities, unpacking the story of sibling rivalry and more. Auditions for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will consist of selected cold readings from the script. Cast: Janie Dee, Vincent Franklin, Rebecca Lacey, Michelle Asante, Charlie Maher, Lukwesa Mwamba. The only other resident of the house is their cleaning woman Cassandra, who, like her namesake, is prone to making dire prophecies that no one believes. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. [21] The play was directed by Nicholas Martin with the set designed by David Korins and costumes by Emily Rebholz. Nina – Samara Markle. [14] Lipton noted that the show was quite funny, but also belabored and "scattershot". [38] Several reviewers agreed that the show was "a bit of a patchwork". [4] When told she will be going as one of the dwarfs, Sonia rebels and dresses up as the Evil Queen, imagining her as portrayed by Maggie Smith on her way to the Oscars. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” runs through Sunday, August 10 at Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main Street in New Hope, Pa. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Set in rural … From Large Lot of Signed Autographed Playbills. “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” has been the kind of show with the perfect cast, which has helped her remember that the long passion for the theater is still inside her! Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce & the Cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Gear Up for Broadway Sigourney Weaver & David Hyde Pierce Open in … Janie Dee, Michelle Asante, Mark Hadfield, Aysha Kala, Rebecca Lacey and Lewis Reeves in. [24], Following its Broadway run, the show ran at Berkeley, California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September and October 2013 with Anthony Fusco as Vanya, Sharon Lockwood as Sonia, Lorri Holt as Masha, and Mark Junek as Spike. This six-time Tony Award nominee (and winner of Best Play of 2013) brilliantly and hilariously sends up many of Anton Chekhov’s best-known plays and characters. [38] Brantley noted that the work was suitable for any audience: "Even if you’ve never read a word of Chekhov, you’re likely to find plenty to make you laugh: Mr. Hyde Pierce’s skillfully low-key comic discomfort; Ms. Nielsen’s segues from manic eruption into glazed smiling stupor; Ms. Weaver’s game sendup of every self-loving, self-doubting movie queen there ever was. [46][47], The Off-Broadway and Original Broadway productions were jointly recognized with Drama League Award nominations for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and with Distinguished Performance Award nominations for both Nielsen and Pierce; the play won for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. [41] Grant also earned her first Tony nomination. They … [6] After five marriages to her contemporaries, Masha has taken up with Spike in a May–December relationship. [19] The play closed on August 25, 2013, after 201 performances on Broadway. 2. Spike – Matthew Peplinski. "[35] Vincentelli also noted that Weaver's character had "turned her life into a performance. [4], According to Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, not only are the character names derived from Chekhov, but also "The country-house setting is also borrowed from the work of that Russian master, as are the self-delusions and self-pity that plague the central characters, all of whom have reached the difficult age when life’s path has narrowed uncomfortably, and there is little point in turning around and looking to take another, more rewarding course. [50] The show received an Artios Award from The Casting Society of America for Outstanding Achievement in Casting, New York Broadway Theatre – Comedy. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was ready to open when the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to shut down. Masha realizes that the person Spike is texting is her personal assistant, with whom he has been having an affair. [45] Emily Rebholz earned a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Costume Design of the Off-Broadway production. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Fox at Artios Awards", Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vanya_and_Sonia_and_Masha_and_Spike&oldid=1002231147, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, This page was last edited on 23 January 2021, at 12:58. CAST (see bios below): Vanya: Ken Carberry Sonia: Michelle Monti Masha: Sheila Kelleher Spike: Michael Eckenreiter Cassandra: Beth Goldman Nina: Alyssa Germaine Critics praised Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, in association with the Lincoln Center Theater. Cast Requirements: 2 men, 4 women. Brantley said there was comfort in an evening of deliverance of Chekhov's "lost souls", by Durang. Vanya – Parker Sweeney. [48] The production received four Outer Critics Circle Award nominations: Outstanding New Broadway Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Martin), Outstanding Actor in a Play (Pierce), and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Nielsen), and won the awards for Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. The cast for Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike includes new faces and SCR veterans. [49] The production won the 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. Christopher Durang’s hilarious comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE received multiple theatrical honors, including the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Scene 1 – A farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. Not enormous, but comfortable, on a hill, many trees, a barn nearby, a pond in the near distance. [35] The character names are borrowed from Chekhov plays. "[14] He also noted that in Durang's plays, "heartache is generally fodder for belly laughs" and that Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike had plenty. Philadelphia, PA, Accessibility Statement Terms Privacy |StageAgent © 2020. VANYA – (m) 50s, living in Bucks County, Pa. Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia. [18] On July 1, the show recouped its $2.75 million investment. [12], Isherwood noted that as Nielsen demonstrated her ability to lighten the play's stream of Chekhovian themes, "broad comic acting [was] raised to the level of high art. This static environment is disrupted when Masha returns home, bringing with her a flurry of drama, an endless litany of insecurity, and a much younger, gorgeous, dimwitted lover named Spike. Sonia – Briana Gens. [4] Both Hyde Pierce and Nielsen exhibited mastery of their monologues, according to Vincentelli: " Hyde Pierce is a master of the slow burn, while Nielsen’s wild-eyed Sonia often looks as if her train of thought has a loose caboose. [8] The play, which was originally a one-act play,[9] ran at the McCarter Theatre[10] from September 7, 2012, to October 14, 2012. When Masha makes an unexpected visit, accompanied by her hunky twentysomething plaything Spike (Billy Magnussen), the unhappy stasis of Vanya and Sonia’s lives is thrown into harsh relief. They share some elements but are fully imagined. The cast of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” had been rehearsing since January for an April production. A Spark of Renewal with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Teal Lepley, class of 2017 . Genevieve Angelson. [33], Playwright Durang starred as Vanya alongside Marilu Henner as Masha in a production at the Bucks County Playhouse from July 17 to August 10, 2014. 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