Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Lincoln Center Theater (LCT), in association with the McCarter Theater, will present the New York premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike a new play by Christopher Durang, to be directed by Nicholas Martin, opening at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on 12 Nov 2012, following previews from 25 Oct 2012.

In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike playwright Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, mixes them up and pours them into a blender; and the result is his latest play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Vanya and his stepsister Sonia have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike.

Cast and design team for Golden Boy will be announced at a later date.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will have its world premiere at the McCarter Theater (New Jersey) where it was commissioned and where it will play from 7 Sep - 7 Oct 2012, prior to its New York premiere.


Christopher Durang’s plays include 'A History of the American Film' (Tony nomination), 'Sister Mary Explains It For You All' (Obie Award), 'Beyond Therapy,' 'Baby With The Bathwater,' 'The Marriage of Bette and Boo' (Obie Award), 'Sex and Longing' (produced by LCT), 'Laughing Wild,' 'Betty’s Summer Vacation' (Obie Award), 'Miss Witherspoon' (2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and, most recently 'Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.'

Nicholas Martin’s LCT credits include 'Saturn Returns,' 'The New Century,' 'Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme,' 'The Time of the Cuckoo' and 'Chaucer in Rome.' He‘s collaborated with Christopher Durang on 'Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them' and 'Betty’s Summer Vacation' (Obie Award). His other Broadway and off-Broadway credits include 'Butley,' 'Match,' 'Hedda Gabler,' 'You Never Can Tell,' 'The Rehearsal,' 'Fully Committed,' 'Full Gallop' and 'Sophistry.'

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