February 9, 2020

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

This Christopher Durang award-winning comedy revolves around the relationship between three single middle-aged siblings. Vanya and adopted Sonia, share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Unexpectedly their movie-star sister, Masha, owner of the house, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house.
 
Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who believes she can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina.
Nina’s prettiness worries the imperious Masha. At a fancy dress party, everyone’s lives begin to change.
 

“The show’s a ton of fun, even if you can’t tell your ‘Seagull from your Uncle Vanya’”  – New York Times

Cast: 2 Men 4 Women

VANYA: (male, 50s-60s; the elder brother). Wry, retiring, frustrated, resigned fellow. This is an ensemble piece, but the closest to a lead role, is Vanya, who acts as the peacemaker in the family and has the most stage time. He also has a pages-long eruption of a monologue at the conclusion of the play. He is gay and lives with his adopted sister (‘together alone’) in the house of their childhood, having cared for their parents until they passed, totally supported financially by their sister Masha. He never had to work and was complicit in letting his life slip by without making much of it at all.

Sonia: (female, 50s; the adopted sister). Melancholic, capricious, definitely regretful, possibly desperate. A mirror image of Vanya except less resigned and more prone to manic outbursts and accusations for her state of being. She also maybe has/had a clearer image of what she wanted from life. Sonia and Masha have a raw, contentious hostility toward one another that comes out as the play progresses. Sonia may be the one worth the most sympathy.

Cassandra: (female, flexible; soothsayer housekeeper)Obtrusive, kooky, dramatic. A true wildcard, a gem of a comedic role, Cassandra is aptly and unambiguously named: she is a psychic prognosticator that no one believes but speaks the truth (mostly). She is also the housekeeper and somewhat of a caregiver to Sonia and Vanya. Her sudden, wild pronouncements for the future offer a lot to play around with for the adventuresome actress. I am truly open to most anything brought to the table.In the original production, she was played by an African American actress in her late 20s.

Masha: (female, 50s; the famous sister). Expansive, glamorous, haughty, frenetic. A successful and well-traveled actress, often married, Masha returns home to her siblings having found herself on the edge of “once beautiful.” Her self-deceptions are worn more on her sleeve than either of her siblings – consider the flirtatious, empty-headed young companion she brings home with her. She returns to the homestead with intentions to sell it out from under her siblings, but latterly, she might not have anywhere else to go.
 
Spike: (male, 20s or early 30s; Masha’s ‘companion’). Chiseled, flippant, devil-may- care boy toy. A preening millennial, Spike is a young actor who pays just enough attention to Masha to keep her satisfied. He does not seem to have any urgency for anything, despite the fact that he has little to show for his career thus far. But he’s got his looks, a captive audience, and believes the rest will be laid out all on a plate for him when the time comes. As fair warning, Spike does disrobe down to his underwear in the play, and maintains that status for several pages on stage.
 
Nina:  (female, 20s-30s; aspiring actress). Earnest, bouncy, a guileless admirer.
An accidental arrival on the scene, Nina is the neighbor’s niece who has dreams of becoming an actress and has the (mis)fortune to stumble into her idol Masha. Her appearance provokes lust in Spike and, unsurprisingly, envy in Masha.
 
Set: In the present. The morning room of a lovely farmhouse in
Bucks County, PA and Sonia is angry with her older brother, Vanya. She always prepares his coffee for him, but today he got it himself. It becomes clear very soon that this is a typical squabble between siblings who are both unmarried, in their 50’s and are still living together in the house where they grew up.
 

If you are interested in working behind the scenes, contact Andrea Holliday (auburnareacomtheatre@gmail.com) about working on the set

For more information, please contact director, Fiona Macleod at fiftmacleod@gmail.com

Read Throughs: March 9th 6:30 – 9:00 (bring your calendar)
March 11th 6:30 – 9:00 (questions about script, show, etc.)
 
Character Table Discussions: March 16th -18th and 19th 6:30-9:00
 
Rehearsals: Begin March 23rd or 30th
Monday: 6-9
Tuesday: 7-9
Thursday: 6-9
 
Set Construction: May 2nd

Show Dates: May 8th-10th and 14th-17th

Tickets are $12/adult
$10/students and seniors

Ticket info line 334-246-1084