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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Christopher Durang

June 20-23 and 27-30 at the Norway Grange

directed by Lenore Grunko


Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.


Auditions

WHEN: Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. Call backs, if necessary, on Thursday, April 25.

WHERE: In our theater on the second floor of the Norway Grange, 15 Whitman Street, Norway, Maine.

WHO: Open to all ethnicities and genders. Five of the six characters have specific age range requirements; the sixth is flexible.

  • VANYA - Vanya is a witty intelligent man who has possibly missed out on a fulfilling life in order to care for the family he respects and admires. He’s still willing to take risks though. Are you? Are you (or can you play) a man in his 50s who sits at the head of what remains of his family while still living in his childhood home? This engaging lead role was played by David Hyde Pierce on Broadway, who was nominated for a Tony when he starred in it.
  • SONIA - Sonia is Vanya’s adopted sister. They have spent their lives in the same house, most recently caring for elderly parents who have now passed. Sonia worries that life has mostly passed her by, but she’s feeling renewed hope and possibilities because she’s a feisty 50-something. She’s not done living yet! What about you?
  • MASHA - Masha, Vanya’s 50-something glamorous sister, holds the purse strings for the three siblings. She’s coming home for a visit  —  in between starring in movies  —  accompanied by her boy toy (ahem...boyfriend) to make a big announcement that no one is pleased to hear. Are you DRAMATIC? Masha is!
  • SPIKE - An aspiring actor, 20s, sexy, self-absorbed, and Masha’s current lover. He’s quite a surprise since he’s so much younger than she is — by about 30 years — a role he’s willing to play. And he’s hot. He makes no bones about showing off his attributes since he frequently shows off his abs. Do you like to take off your shirt? Let’s talk!
  • CASSANDRA - An ageless eccentric who gets paid to be the housekeeper for the family. She’s more than the house keeper  —  much more  —  and is constantly pulling surprises in the family’s quest to seek calm and order. Cassandra either has answers to life’s little mysteries or manufactures them. Either way this character is loaded with spice and vinegar and lots of chutzpah. Do you have chutzpah? Come show us!.
  • NINA - Nina is a lovely 20-something  aspiring actress who is  visiting the house next door. She comes over to meet the famed Masha and ends up getting more involved than she ever expected. Are you the ingenue type? So is Nina!

Perusal scripts will be available at the Norway and Paris libraries in April.



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