Performance dates for the comedy are May 7-9 and 14-16. Great Condition, See Pics, 6 Signatures, Golden Theatre. In 2013, it won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among other awards. The original Broadway production proved to be a commercial success, recouping its $2.75 million investment in under four months. The cast of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” had been rehearsing since January for an April production. Even if one doesn’t know who Anton Chekhov is or confuses the playwright with a character actor from Hitchcock’s “Notorious,” Durang’s “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” will provide gales of laughter. While his Brodway commercial success Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is still a comedy, his signature element – absurdity – is definitely missing. Gain full access to show guides, character breakdowns, auditions, monologues and more. Written by Christopher Durang. Sign up today to unlock amazing theatre resources and opportunities. Character descriptions and a brief overview of the show are included at possumpointplayers.org. [40] Magnussen earned his first Tony nomination for his role. 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. "[12] He noted the play does not compare with some of Durang's most absurd work, calling it "blander and thinner". In 2012, he was cast alongside David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver in Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, premiering at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, prior to its move to Lincoln Center in New York City. Concluding that the intent of such progress seems to make people like him feel lost and forgotten, he retreats into the kitchen in tears. [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. Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver, and David Hyde Pierce in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Another interloper arrives, the neighbor's pretty niece Nina, an aspiring actress who provokes envy in Masha, lust in Spike, and sympathy in Vanya. Meanwhile, Masha comes from Chekhov's Three Sisters. "[35], The play received six Tony Award nominations for the 67th Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. Nina. They share some elements but are fully imagined. Cast Requirements: 2 men, 4 women. [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. [43][44] Grant received a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance. [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. Directed by Walter Bobbie. After spending their adulthood looking after their now-dead parents, neither has a job, and money is provided by their movie star sister Masha, who owns the house and pays the bills. [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. It then moved to the John Golden Theatre, where it was nominated for six Tony Awards. Set in rural … “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a comedy by Christopher Durang, humorously adopts themes from Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. [50] The show received an Artios Award from The Casting Society of America for Outstanding Achievement in Casting, New York Broadway Theatre – Comedy. Things come to a head the day after the party. Genevieve Angelson. [35] Weaver portrayed a movie star who was "overindulgent, self-centered, and unaware she’s on the decline." Vanya reacts by launching into an impassioned rant, criticizing America's cultural regression in communication and media, while fondly and wistfully recalling the surroundings and memories of his childhood. Vanya – Parker Sweeney. Cassandra – Alyssabeth Wodack. [39], According to the New York Post critic, Elisabeth Vincentelli, the show improved with its transfer from Off-Broadway to Broadway, especially Weaver's performance, which Vincentelli deemed the weakest. Subsequently, the play has been produced in Tennessee,[1] California, Indiana, Minnesota, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Missouri, Wyoming, Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. According to Durang, "My play is not a Chekhov parody...I take Chekhov scenes and characters and put them into a blender. Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen will exit the cast of Christopher Durang's new comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike today, August 4. [12][13] The show's run at Lincoln Center was sold out. Spike (Tyson Bailey) admires himself in the mirror as Vanya (Stephen Wallace) and Sonia (Christine Andersen) can’t help but notice (particularly Vanya)! Christopher Durang. Nina – Samara Markle. 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[49] The production won the 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. 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. Masha's fifth marriage has recently ended and her career is starting to stall. Spike – Matthew Peplinski. "[35] Vincentelli also noted that Weaver's character had "turned her life into a performance. Production Description. Critics praised Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. Hesitantly, she accepts. Masha has returned home to attend a costume party at an influential neighbor's house and insists that her friends and family dress as characters from Disney's animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, choosing to dress as Snow White. The actors had to make adjustments to compensate for the changes. [9], The original Off-Broadway and Broadway casts featured Pierce as Vanya, Weaver as Masha, Magnussen as Spike, Nielsen as Sonia, Angelson as Nina, and Grant as Cassandra. [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. © T. Charles Erickson. [28] In 2014, the show ran at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis,[29][30] and in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. [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. [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. 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[31][32] The show was produced in Seattle at the ACT Theatre from October 17 – November 16, 2014. (from left) Martin Moran as Vanya, Candy Buckley as Masha, Marcia DeBonis as Sonia, and Tyler Lansing Weaks as Spike in the San Diego Premiere of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Jessica Stone, based on the direction of Old Globe Associate Artistic Nicholas Martin, May 17 - June 22, 2014 at The Old Globe.Photo by Jim Cox. Produced by special arrangement with Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Sue Wagner and John Johnson. Mark Kennedy of The Washington Post suggested Durang, with whom Weaver graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 1974, may have written the role for her. $10.00. Understudies: Creed Garnick (Spike), Linda Marie Larson (Sonia, Masha), Heather Alicia Simms (Cassandra) and Liesel Allen Yeager … From Large Lot of Signed Autographed Playbills. Casting Christopher Durang’s hilarious comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which received multiple theatrical … They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. "[6], Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, in association with the Lincoln Center Theater. Ben Brantley of The New York Times described the play as a "sunny new play about gloomy people". [18][23] Magnussen departed the cast on August 4 and was replaced by understudy Creed Garnick as Spike. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The limited 17-week engagement will begin previews March 5 towards a March 14 opening night at the Golden Theatre. The original McCarter, Off-Broadway, and Broadway casts included David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver and Billy Magnussen. Qty: Full Length, Comedy 2 men, 4 women Total Cast: 6, Flexible Set ISBN-13: 9780822228639. Cast. It won the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play. [34], Although Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy, it has some darker elements that pervade its themes. “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. Author bio(s) PDF Preview. They … [16] The Broadway engagement, originally announced to close on June 30, was extended to July 28, 2013[17] and again to August 25. [21] The play was directed by Nicholas Martin with the set designed by David Korins and costumes by Emily Rebholz. 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. [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. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike April 18th - May 9th. [15], It opened on Broadway on March 14, 2013, at the John Golden Theatre,[9] after previews beginning March 5. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. Vanya (who is gay) and Sonia (who is forever reminding everyone that she was adopted) spend their days reflecting on their lost chances, debating whether the grove of nine cherry trees on their property constitutes an orchard,[2][3] and bemoaning their rather Chekhovian lot in life. 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. [21], According to Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times, "The play sets characters and themes from Chekhov in present day Bucks County, PA."[11] The characters Vanya, Sonia and Masha are middle-aged siblings named after Chekhov characters. 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. Those auditioning should be prepared for interpretation of their desired character. Vanya and Sonia are at the mercy of their sister, which is a cause of both Chekhovian angst and Durangian hilarity. [21][22] On July 28, Weaver left the cast and was replaced by Julie White as Masha. 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. >Vanja starts on a very long … [41] Grant also earned her first Tony nomination. 2. Janie Dee, Michelle Asante, Mark Hadfield, Aysha Kala, Rebecca Lacey and Lewis Reeves in. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Vanya, who is secretly writing a play inspired by Konstantin's imagined symbolist drama in The Seagull, is convinced by Nina to let her read it in front of the others. [42] The play won the 58th Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the 2013 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. Shalita Grant. "Opening night credits for 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Named after Chekhov's characters by their theater-enthusiast professor parents, Vanya and Sonia have not had to grow up. 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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 … Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike characters breakdowns including full descriptions with standard casting requirements and expert analysis. New York, NY, Twelve Angry Men [27], In September/October 2013, a separate production ran in the Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, produced by Bryan Fonseca. 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 was commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, in association with the Lincoln Center Theater. [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. He … [25][26] Hyde Pierce reunited with the show to direct the January 29 – March 9, 2014, production at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum by Center Theatre Group. The play, which was originally a one-act play, ran at the McCarter Theatre from September 7, 2012, to October 14, 2012. [27] The cast was Mark Blum, Christine Ebersole, Grant, David Hull, Nielsen and Liesel Allen Yaeger. [5] As they prepare for the party, Masha tells them she intends to sell the house, leaving Vanya and Sonia devastated. SC Joshua Marchesi and Holly Ahlborn PRODUCTION MANAGERS Joanne DeNaut, CSa CASTING Moira Gleason STAGE MANAGER Keith Mitchell SCENIC DESIGN Raquel Barreto COSTUME DESIGN Karyn D. Lawrence LIGHTING DESIGN John … Sonia – Briana Gens. It transferred to Broadway in 2013. [18] On July 1, the show recouped its $2.75 million investment. [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. She ends her relationship with him and kicks him out of the house, announcing she no longer intends to sell it. [14] On January 29, it was announced that the show would transfer to Broadway for 17 weeks beginning March 5 with its original cast under the production of Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, and John O'Boyle, in association with McCarter Theatre and Lincoln Center Theater. We are holding it on stage and plan to open it when we can receive audiences safely. Research Playwrights, Librettists, Composers and Lyricists, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike guide sections. 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[6] After five marriages to her contemporaries, Masha has taken up with Spike in a May–December relationship. [12] Patrick Healy of The New York Times described it as a "black comedy about unhappy siblings". The cast for Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike includes new faces and SCR veterans. 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. [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. Durang has described Nina as most like a Chekhov character, and related to the character of the same name in The Seagull. [36] Vanya is the protagonist in Uncle Vanya and Sonia is his niece. 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