Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

May 17 – June 22, 2014
(Opening Night: Thursday, May 22)
SAN DIEGO PREMIERE
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Christopher Durang
Directed by Jessica Stone
Based on the Broadway Direction of Nicholas Martin

In the funniest new American play of the year, award-winning playwright Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You) melds Chekhov with his own offbeat and hilarious sensibility to create what Newsday calls “one of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons.” Your heart has to go out to three siblings whose artsy parents named them after characters from Chekhov. Vanya and Sonia have lived at home while sister Masha has travelled the world starring in B-movies. Now Masha is back, with her boy toy Spike in tow, and she’s intent on selling the house. Farce ensues.



Publicity Photos

Playwright Christopher Durang. The San Diego Premiere of Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Jessica Stone, based on Nicholas Martin's Tony Award-nominated Broadway direction, will run May 17 - June 22, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Susan Johann.
Jessica Stone will direct Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, based on Nicholas Martin's Tony Award-nominated Broadway direction, May 17 - June 22, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
The San Diego Premiere of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Jessica Stone, based on Nicholas Martin's Tony Award-nominated Broadway direction, will run May 17 - June 22, 2014 at The Old Globe. Illustration courtesy of The Old Globe.



Cast and Creative Team

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  Christopher Durang’s (Playwright) plays include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (currently running on Broadway), The Idiots Karamazov, co-authored with Albert Innaurato, A History of the American Film (Tony Award nomination), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (on and Off Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obies for Playwriting, Direction for Jerry Zaks and Ensemble Performance, Dramatists Guild of America’s Hull-Warriner Award), Laughing Wild, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obies for Playwriting, Direction for Nicholas Martin and Performance for Kristine Nielsen), Miss Witherspoon (2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. His cabaret credits include Das Lusitania Songspiel, co-authored and performed by Sigourney Weaver and Durang (Drama Desk Award nominations for both performers) and Chris Durang & Dawne (Bistro Award for Durang and cohorts John Augustine and Sherry Anderson). He has won the Harvard Arts Medal and the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, and he was recently inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. For 18 years he and Marsha Norman have been co-chairs of The Juilliard School’s Playwriting Program. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.
  Jessica Stone (Director) has worked as an actress on and Off Broadway, and in television and film, for the last 20 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes with Sutton Foster, Butley with Nathan Lane, The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, The Smell of the Kill with Claudia Shear, Design for Living with Alan Cumming and Dominic West, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with John Stamos, and Grease with Rosie O’Donnell. Her Off Broadway credits include Crimes of the Heart directed by Kathleen Turner, Krisit, The Country Club, June Moon, Tenderloin,and Babes in Arms. She has performed in regional theatres across the country including Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geva Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and six seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her favorite productions include She Stoops to Conquer, She Loves Me, Springtime for Henry, Betty’s Summer Vacation, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,and The Cherry Orchard. Concurrently, she was an assistant/associate director on and Off Broadway to Nicholas Martin, Joe Mantello, David Warren, and Christopher Ashley. Stone’s directing career began in earnest with her 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Williamstown Theater Festival’s Main Stage, which was met with critical acclaim. Her directing credits now include Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown) and Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA). Her workshops and readings include Huntington Theatre Company’s Breaking Ground Festival, Hourglass Group Ltd.’s Hot Buttons: A Political Vaudeville, and collaborations with artists such as Joy Behar and Claudia Shear. Stone’s upcoming productions include Kaufman and Lardner’s June Moon for Williamstown (2014). She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.