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Vanya and Sonia
and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Christopher Durang
directed by Penny Nash
Thurs.-Sat., June 6-22, 7:30 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, though Sonia especially is haunted by the feeling that life has passed her by—which, to be honest, it has. Adding some colour to their lives is their housekeeper, Cassandra, and her frequent cryptic prophesies of doom.

Their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. She plans to attend a costume party at a neighbour's house and insists that her family dress to complement her Snow White costume. Meanwhile, she is thinking of selling the house where Vanya and Sonia have spent their entire lives. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins.

“For a couple of benignly stretched-out hours, Durang fans can watch a master of antic psycho-comedy play with Chekhov like a self-amusing cat toying with a tangled string.... Even if you’ve never read a word of Chekhov, you’re likely to find plenty to make you laugh.”

- The New York Times

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. It premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey in 2012, followed by an Off-Broadway production later the same year, and transferred to Broadway in 2013. The play won the Tony Award and New York Drama Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.

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Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang

Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Christopher Durang graduated from Harvard and Yale, the latter with a Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting. His first play, Titanic, appeared in 1974, and he has produced more than a dozen more since, including Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, 'Dentity Crisis, Miss Witherspoon, and the one-act comedy An Actor's Nightmare.

He has also appeared as an actor on stage and in film. He appeared in the Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspiel, which he co-wrote and performed with Sigourney Weaver, and later in his own plays The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Laughing Wild.

He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Miss Witherspoon, won the Tony Award for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and won Obie Awards for Sister Mary Ignatius, The Marriage of Betty and Boo and Betty's Summer Vacation.

We would like to acknowledge that this production takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. We honour and give thanks to the land, its inhabitants and their enduring cultures.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay or Android Pay) on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.


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