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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Christopher Durang
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Made Possible in Part by:

MARLA & CLIFFORD ROBINSON FAMILY FUND

TONY Award Winner Best Play 2013

VANYA AND SONIA
AND MASHA AND SPIKE

by Christopher Durang

Directed by REBECCA BRADSHAWº

Adult siblings Vanya and Sonia share their parents summer home, where they bicker about the circumstances of their lives spent looking out over the pond. Their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, and old resentments flare up – leading to threats of selling the house. A comedic masterpiece filled with eccentric characters, unexpected romances, and hilarious twists – all while paying homage to the works of Chekhov.

2024 Dramatist Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Christopher Durang opens the 45th Anniversary Season with this indomitable comedy, directed by Artistic Director Rebecca Bradshawº. Running from May 31 to June 23, all performances are at Gloucester Stage’s Theater 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Showtimes are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, and matinees Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00pm.

MAY 31 – JUNE 23

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Performances

7:30 pm, WED + THU
8:00 pm, FRI + SAT
3:00 pm, SAT + SUN

Preview Performances

May 31 + June 1 @ 8:00 pm

Champagne Opening

Sunday, June 2

Talk Backs

June 9 + 16

Critical Praise for Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

“Vanya and Sonia is a Silly, Smart Mashup. Brainy and Witty and Clever and Cute.”

Variety

Marilyn Stasio

“Durang has a gift for taking something silly, improbable or outright absurd & making it resonate”

L.A. Times

Daryl H. Miller

“Utterly hilarious… takes characters & themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender”

Broadway World

Chloe Rabinowitz

Preview Videos & Behind the Scenes

Meet the Creative Team

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Christopher Durang / Playwright

Christopher Durang is one of our most beloved and widely produced contemporary American playwrights. He has received multiple Obies, a Tony Award nomination, and a Tony win for his work, among many other accolades. Durang is the recipient of the 2012 PEN Master American Dramatist Award and is a 2013 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame. Among his plays: Sister Mary Ignatius, Beyond Therapy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Miss Witherspoon (Pulitzer Finalist), and Why Torture Is Wrong, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League Award, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award), and Turning Off The Morning News. Characterized by a combination of absurdist humor and raging satire, his style has influenced an entire generation of writers.

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Rebecca Bradshawº / Director

Rebecca Bradshaw is in her second season as Gloucester Stage’s Artistic Director. She built her career in Boston as a theater director, producer, educator, and advocate. Her recent directing credits include The Ding Dongs at Gloucester Stage and Kitchen Theatre Company, Witch at Huntington Theatre Company, Do You Feel Anger? and Hurricane Diane at Kitchen Theatre Company and productions for Lyric Stage, The Nora Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, A.R.T. Institute, Emerson College, Bridge Rep of Boston, Central Square Theatre/M.I.T., Weston Drama Workshop, The Umbrella Center for the Arts, Fresh Ink Theatre, among others. She has taught directing, producing, and casting at Emerson College, Harvard University, Suffolk University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Lesley University, and Boston Conservatory. Bradshaw joined Gloucester Stage in 2023 after acting as the Producing Artistic Director at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY and having spent eight seasons producing at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. She is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
ºThe Director is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York