Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Director: Craig Huisenga
September 12-27, Roebling Theater
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! Chekhov meets comedy in a crazy whirlwind of characters and hilarity.
“Strongest comedy Broadway has to offer.” The Bottom Line
NOVA Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present the Montana premiere of the 2013 Tony Winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. This hilarious new comedy will open NOVA’s 2014-2015 Season, running from September 12 through September 27.
Durang says he used the plays of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov as a jumping-off point. You don’t need to know Chekhov to enjoy Vanya…, but if you do, it is even funnier. The New York Times said, “There’s something deeply comforting about a master of antic psycho-comedy, delivering Chekhov’s lost souls from their eternal misery. Durang plays with Chekhov like a self-amusing cat toying with a tangled string.”
The NOVA production features some of Billings’ best actors directed by NOVA Managing Producer Craig Huisenga. The cast includes Jim McRae as Vanya and Dina Brophy as Sonia, a brother and sister who stayed at home for 15 years to care for ailing parents. Rebecca Spring plays their older sister Masha, a famous actress who aspires to perform the classics on stage but is notorious for a series of slasher films. Her boy-toy companion Spike will be played by Christopher Kellison-Decker. Rounding out the outstanding cast are Lisa Halpin as the clairvoyant housekeeper, Cassandra, and Lauren Lane as Nina, the naive, would-be actress who lives next door. When Masha comes home determined to sell the family estate and make everyone go to a party in the costumes of her choice, everything changes.
Vanya – Jim McRae
Sonia – Dina Brophy
Masha – Rebecca Spring
Spike – Chris Decker
Cassandra – Lisa Halpin
Nina – Lauren Lane