Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang

Directed by Nicholas Martin

Originally produced at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ.

September 7, 2012 through October 7, 2012

About the Premiere Production

It’s a lovely day at Vanya and Sonia’s farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. But instead of spending the morning strolling through their cherry orchard, these wacky siblings have their hands full with a prophetic cleaning woman, a neighborhood costume party, and a surprise visit from their movie-star sister Masha and her studly new boy-toy, Spike. Comic genius Christopher Durang (Miss Witherspoon, Beyond Therapy) makes a spectacular return to McCarter Theatre with this hysterical world premiere that turns Chekhov on its head. Durang’s signature blend of neuroses and absurdity has never been more endearing...or relentlessly funny.

Artistic Statement

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is Durang at his satiric best—witty and wacky and surprising—while at the same time filled with the pathos and emotional truth characteristic of the plays of Chekhov. It is this infusion of Chekhovian style that separates this play from Chris’ earlier work, allowing him to first poke fun at, but ultimately embrace Chekhov’s lyric imagery. What I love most about the play is how funny it is. The first time I heard it out loud, I (and everyone around me) was hysterical with laughter. The power of the humor lies in its truthfulness, and I’m afraid that each of us can find a piece of ourselves in this play. Chris manages, in the most sophisticated way, to use comedy to probe the human condition. In doing so, he delivers a play of great insight, beauty and humor. He draws upon Chekhovian themes (longing, effects of social change, frustrated hopes and wasted lives) along with his own experience as an artist in middle age to create a play that is funny and deeply personal.

-Mara Isaacs, McCarter’s Producing Director

Grant Statement

Because this production will likely include several high-profile actors, the primary rehearsal challenge we face is scheduling. As with any new play, an extra week of rehearsal will give us the much-needed ability to learn from the actors and continue to finesse the play. Comedy is an especially elusive form to understand without the performers in the room together, and there is only so much work a writer can do without actors. There is no replacement for that time in any process, and especially in the creation of a world premiere comedy. This extra week of rehearsal would play a significant role in helping our cast become comfortable with both the idiosyncratic humor of the piece and the rich details of the relationships that exist among the characters.

Director: Nicholas Martin

Set Design: David Korins

Lighting Design: Justin Townsend

Sound Design: Mark Bennett

Costume Design: Emily Rebholz

Casting Director: Daniel Swee

Cast: David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant, Genevieve Angelson

Subsequent Productions

Goodman Theatre

Chiacgol, IL

Spring/Summer 2015


Weston Playhouse

Weston, VT

July 17, 2014 - July 26, 2014


Bucks County Playhouse

Bucks County, PA

July 17, 2014 - August 10, 2014


B Street Theatre

Sacramento, CA

April 20, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Alley Theatre

Houston, TX

May 23, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Gable Stage

Coral Gables, FL

May 17, 2014 - June 15, 2014

The Old Globe

San Diego, CA

May 17, 2014 - June 22, 2014

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia, PA

March 21, 2014 - April 20, 2014

Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Kansas City, MO

March 14, 2014 - April 6, 2014

Tennessee Women's Theater Project

Nashville, TN

February 28, 2014 - March 16, 2014

Uptown Players

Dallas, TX

February 14, 2014 - March 9, 2014

Red Barn Theatre

Key West, FL

January 28, 2014 - March 1, 2014

Asolo Repertory Theatre

January 22, 2014 - April 12, 2014

Trinity Repertory Company

Providence, RI

November 21, 2013 - December 22, 2013

City Theatre Company

Pittsburgh, PA

October 12, 2013 - November 3, 2013

FUSION Theatre Company

Albuquerque, NM

September 5, 2013 - September 28, 2013

On Broadway at the John Golden Theatre

New York, NY

March 5, 2013 - August 25, 2013

Lincoln Center Theater

New York, NY

October 25, 2012 - January 13, 2013



Goodman Theatre Will Present Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in 2015

April 8, 2014


Theater review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Philadelphia City Paper

April 3, 2014


Christopher Durang to Star in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Bucks County Playhouse

March 30, 2014


Main Line director helms Tony Award-winning play 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Mainline Media News

Match 24, 2014


Best Play: 'Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike' Wins At 2013 Tony Awards

Huffington Post

June 9, 2013


Sigourney Weaver loves playing a self-centered, over the hill movie star

Oregon Live

April 26, 2013


Laugh Out Loud With Sigourney Weaver and Snow White

April 28, 2013


‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ Moving to Broadway

The New York Times

January 29, 2013


'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' is delightfully daffy

December 6, 2012


"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”


November 29, 2012


'Vanya & Sonia' & Yale


November 15, 2012


It’s All in the Family: Durang Offers Up a Charmingly Neurotic Take on Chekhov

The New York Observer

November 14, 2012


Chekhov mashup speaks to our times

USA Today

November 13, 2012


Review: David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver channel their inner Chekhov

The Salt Lake Tribue

November 13, 2012


Chekhov for chuckles in the US

The New York Post

November 13, 2012


Insecure Namesakes With a Gloomy Worldview

The New York Times

November 12, 2012