• The Stage Company Presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

    November 26, 2018
    The Stage Company Presents

     Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. 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. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. 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.

    Director: Tricia Beth Burns
    Assistant Director: Antonio Salazar
    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will play at the Varsity Center, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, November 30-December 2 and December 6-9, 2018.
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m.
    Tickets $15 adults/$8 students

    However, all tickets are only $7 on Thursday, December 6th.
    You can purchase tickets through the box office by phone or in person. 
    The box office will be open from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Nov. 26-Dec. 1 and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2.
    The box office will again be open from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5-8 and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9.

    Tickets can be purchased online to all of our 37th season shows at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3567153.
    What The Critics Say:
    “It has taken  thirty producers to bring Christopher Durang's six-character, one-set comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike to the Great White Way, and all I can say is God bless them, every one. A sold-out hit Off-Broadway for Lincoln Center Theater this past fall, it is easily the best new play of the Main Stem season to date and a top contender for the Tony Award. Both breathtakingly funny and quietly poignant, this Chekhov-inspired work-for which knowledge of the Russian master's plays is not a requirement-is pure joy from start to finish”- Erik Haagensen, “Backstage,” March 14, 2013
    “Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comic tour de force about a bunch of Chekhovian characters full of yearning”- Michael Musto, “Village Voice,” March 14, 2013
    “We get too few comedies on Broadway, much less ones with the breezy wit and satirical bite of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Like the play’s lonely, bitter characters, I’m so happy that I can stop complaining”- David Cote, “NY1,”  March 14, 2013
    About the author: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the 2013 Tony-award winning play written by playwright and actor Christopher Durang. A writer known for works of outrageous and sometimes absurd comedy, some of his other plays Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For YouBeyond Therapy, Betty's Summer Vacation, The Marriage of Bette and Boo'Dentity Crisis, and The Actor's Nightmare
    Durang is a veteran stage actor and has appeared in number of feature films as well.  He is also a singer. In 1993 he sang in the five person off-Broadway Sondheim revue, Putting It Together, with Julie Andrews at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
    Since 1994 he has been co-chair with Marsha Norman of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. Durang is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.
    Mr. Durang received a B.A. in English from Harvard and the M.F.A.
    in playwrighting from Yale. His husband is actor and playwright John Augustine. They reside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
    About the director:  Tricia Beth Burns is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, earning a BFA in Theatre.  She has been working with The Stage Company since 2008 but has been involved in over thirty productions within the Southern Illinois area; most recently Tricia appeared in last season’s Almost Identical. This will be the third show that she has directed for The Stage Company; last season she directed The Games' Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. She is looking forward to bringing this amazing, funny show to life!
    Vanya- Todd Brown
    Sonia- Jodie Salazar 
    Masha- Kaitlin Griffith 
    Spike- Seth Stearns 
    Cassandra- David Waters
    Nina- Erica Hansen
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