DIRECTED BY NICHOLAS MARTIN
NOW PLAYING AT THE GOLDEN THEATRE 252 W. 45th St.
What a treat you’re in for with Christopher Durang’s new comedyVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. This 17 week premiere Broadway engagement at the Golden Theatre is directed by Nicholas Martin. The stars are Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Shalita Grant, Genevieve Angelson and Billy Magnussen.
Durang played off Chekov’s works to create this hilarious modern work that becomes a heartfelt cry for the past. Kristine Nielson looks out fondly at the cherry orchard while the rest of the family argues that ten cherry trees do not constitute an orchard. And a heron stands in for the Chekov’s seagull. Oh, and Greek tragedy isn’t off limits. There is Cassandra, (Shalita Grant), the psychic cleaning lady who is always warning the family, and doesn’t mind using a bit of voodoo to get her “pin points” across.
Vanya (Pierce) and his adopted sister, Sonia (Nielsen), sacrificed their lives to care for the aging parents who had dementia and stayed on in their childhood home in Bucks County, PA. without prospects. Their lives would seem to unfold the way it has always been—Sonia bewailing her fate, Vanya acting calm, but patronizing, and maddeningly, but subtly hostile toward her. Enter the sister, Masha,(Weaver), a famous movie star who returns to sell the family home out from under her hapless siblings. Besides flaunting her achievements, she brings a stud muffin, Spike (Billy Magnussen,) to show off her wildly funny sexcapades as well.
The creative team features David Korins (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design), and Mark Bennett (Original Music and Sound Design).
Tickets for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike can be purchased in person at the Golden Theatre Box Office (252 West 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) or via telecharge.com/ (212) 239-6200. Tickets are priced from $60.00 to $130.00. For Group Bookings visit www.telecharge.com/groups or call Telecharge Group Sales at 800-432-7780. A number of $37 “Rush Tickets” will be made available for each performance for patrons aged thirty-five and younger. These tickets must be purchased day-of, in-person at the box office and are subject to availability. Valid photo I.D. will be required, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per performance.
The performance schedule for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM, with 2:00 PM matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Time changes will occur on Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 PM, Thursday, March 14 at 6:45pm (opening night), and Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 PM.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was commissioned and developed by McCarter Theatre and co-produced by McCarter Theatre and Lincoln Center Theatre. The play premiered at McCarter in September 2012 (with the current Broadway cast) before it transferred directly to Lincoln Center at the end of the McCarter run. Both runs were sold out.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is produced by Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat Flicker Addiss, Catherine Adler, John O’Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie DeRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Radio Mouse Entertainment, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner, and John Johnson, in association with The McCarter Theatre Center and Lincoln Center Theater.