Tony winner Julie White takes over the role of self-obsessed movie star Masha in Christopher Durang's Tony-winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike beginning July 30. White joins a cast that includes 2013 Tony nominees David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant, as well as Liesel Allen-Yeager, at the Golden Theatre through August 25.
White most recently appeared on the NBC sitcom Go On. For her performance as ruthless agent Diane in The Little Dog Laughed, White won a Best Actress Tony and Obie Award and picked up Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel and Drama League nominations. Her stage credits include Twelfth Night, The Understudy, Bad Dates, Barbra’s Wedding, Spike Heels, The Family of Mann and The Heidi Chronicles. White also lent her voice to the Broadway production of Ann.
Inspired by the works of Anton Chekhov, the play takes classic characters and plotlines and transports them to modern-day Pennsylvania. Vanya (Pierce) and his adopted sister Sonia (Nielsen) live together in their family’s farmhouse. Their sister Masha (White) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia feeling trapped and regretful. Meanwhile, their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twentysomething boy toy Spike (Magnussen).