[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. Masha realizes that the person Spike is texting is her personal assistant, with whom he has been having an affair. 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. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, in association with the Lincoln Center Theater. [16] The Broadway engagement, originally announced to close on June 30, was extended to July 28, 2013[17] and again to August 25. [31][32] The show was produced in Seattle at the ACT Theatre from October 17 – November 16, 2014. Casting Christopher Durang’s hilarious comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which received multiple theatrical … Sonia – Briana Gens. The original McCarter, Off-Broadway, and Broadway casts included David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver and Billy Magnussen. Cassandra. Philadelphia, PA, Accessibility Statement Terms Privacy |StageAgent © 2020. 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. Janie Dee, Michelle Asante, Mark Hadfield, Aysha Kala, Rebecca Lacey and Lewis Reeves in. The London premiere Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has been postponed. 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] He noted the play does not compare with some of Durang's most absurd work, calling it "blander and thinner". 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 … A handful of performers will reprise their roles in the London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, transferring from a … Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver, and David Hyde Pierce in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. The original Broadway production proved to be a commercial success, recouping its $2.75 million investment in under four months. 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. As in life, so in theatre: time marches on, regardless of how one feels on the matter. [49] The production won the 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. "[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. [12] The play depicts a home of siblings who have quarreled their entire lives. [12][13] The show's run at Lincoln Center was sold out. [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. Producer Steven M Levy said: "We have been closely monitoring the developing situation surrounding coroniovirus. It won the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play. Durang has described Nina as most like a Chekhov character, and related to the character of the same name in The Seagull. Brantley said there was comfort in an evening of deliverance of Chekhov's "lost souls", by Durang. [27] The cast was Mark Blum, Christine Ebersole, Grant, David Hull, Nielsen and Liesel Allen Yaeger. Cassandra – Alyssabeth Wodack. [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. [12] Patrick Healy of The New York Times described it as a "black comedy about unhappy siblings". VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. [35] The character names are borrowed from Chekhov plays. Playbill "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" Cast Autograph Signatures May 2013. FEE: $120 per performance. 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. He … Author bio(s) PDF Preview. 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. [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. LISA KRISTOFF/Boothbay Register [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. Named after Chekhov's characters by their theater-enthusiast professor parents, Vanya and Sonia have not had to grow up. Understudies: Creed Garnick (Spike), Linda Marie Larson (Sonia, Masha), Heather Alicia Simms (Cassandra) and Liesel Allen Yeager … [6] Durang says that "Cassandra, who's a cleaning woman and soothsayer, is like the Greek-tragedy Cassandra. Cast Requirements: 2 men, 4 women. According to Durang, "My play is not a Chekhov parody...I take Chekhov scenes and characters and put them into a blender. [41] Grant also earned her first Tony nomination. Masha – Autumn Christensen. Written by Christopher Durang. (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. A Spark of Renewal with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Teal Lepley, class of 2017 . Critics praised Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. It then moved to the John Golden Theatre, where it was nominated for six Tony Awards. The actors had to make adjustments to compensate for the changes. Those auditioning should be prepared for interpretation of their desired character. 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[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. [18][23] Magnussen departed the cast on August 4 and was replaced by understudy Creed Garnick as Spike. 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". While his Brodway commercial success Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is still a comedy, his signature element – absurdity – is definitely missing. [11], The play opened Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on November 12, 2012, after previews from October 25, and ran until January 20, 2013. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Cast List on Broadway.com, the most comprehensive source for Broadway Shows, Broadway Tickets and Broadway Information. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. [36] Vanya is the protagonist in Uncle Vanya and Sonia is his niece. Character descriptions and a brief overview of the show are included at possumpointplayers.org. Ben Brantley of The New York Times described the play as a "sunny new play about gloomy people". 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. Performance dates for the comedy are May 7-9 and 14-16. 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. “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. Take a look at our library of free monologues. "[35], The play received six Tony Award nominations for the 67th Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. New York, NY, Twelve Angry Men Meanwhile, Masha comes from Chekhov's Three Sisters. Durang mentioned that Masha is more like Madame Arkadina in The Seagull than any of Chekhov's characters named Masha. In rehearsal, they’re discovering all about the characters’ personalities and eccentricities, unpacking the story of sibling rivalry and more. Hesitantly, she accepts. 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