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2013
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013
Live at Radio City Music Hall

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — Nominee for Best Play

The cast of 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Opened:
March 14, 2013

Author:
Christopher Durang

The Story:
Siblings Vanya and Sonia suffer a dull life at their family’s Bucks County farmhouse while their movie star sister Masha travels the world. When Masha unexpectedly visits with her new boytoy Spike and announces her plan to sell the home, the family dynamic is thrown into a tailspin. Also in the mix are Vanya and Sonia’s maid Cassandra and a pretty young neighbor named Nina.

Based On:
Christopher Durang's comedy draws on Chekhov classics including The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya. Additionally, the comedy makes reference to Greek mythology and the foreseer Cassandra. A resident of Bucks County himself, Durang told Broadway.com that, while writing the play, he imagined what life would be like if he never left his farmhouse. 

Show History:
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike premiered at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey, where it ran September 7-October 14, 2012. The play and its original cast  transferred to Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre for a prodution that opened on November 12, 2012, and extended through January 20, 2013. Two months later, the cast teamed up again for a Broadway production at the Golden Theatre.

Producers:
Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe/Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat 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, Hugh Hysell, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner and John Johnson; Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director) and Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer).

Other Honors:
—Broadway,com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Play
—Drama Desk Award Award for Outstanding Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play
—Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play

Fun Fact:
Vanya is a reunion for Durang and his three headliners: He and Sigourney Weaver have been friends since Yale and have worked together on four other plays; David Hyde Pierce made his Broadway debut in Durang’s Beyond Therapy in 1982; and Kristine Nielsen appeared in four other Durang comedies.