Press Release: ​​Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning Comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is Up Next at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2018)— Christopher Durang’s multi-award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is a tongue-in-cheek homage to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. The Tony Award-winning play romps across South Coast Repertory’s Julianne Argyros Stage, Sept. 30-Oct. 21, in a production directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.

The story is set in Bucks County, Penn., where Vanya and Sonia share a country house and fret endlessly—and amusingly—about their hapless lives. When Masha, their self-absorbed movie-star sister, and Spike, her much, much younger boy toy, visit for the weekend, the entire household gets hilariously upended. Rivalries are rekindled, resentments rage, the housekeeper blurts out strange prophecies and then Masha announces she’s selling the house. USA Today described the play as “deliciously madcap.”

DeLorenzo is a self-professed Durang fan but, while he has directed four Chekhov works, this is his first time to direct Durang.

“Durang finds all the humor in the helpless chore of aging gracefully,” he said.”This, I suppose, is why this play makes me laugh so much. It’s a deep, fierce laugh—laughter through tears.” 

DeLorenzo feels connected to how the play also explores the possibility for taking second chances, even when those come out of the blue.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike says that it’s never too late to change your life. And, perhaps in laughing at yourself, you can find that elusive grace that the world is always denying you,” he said.

In addition to the Tony Award, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play, Drama Desk Award for Best Play, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.

Durang is known for outrageous and often absurd comedy. He received Obie Awards for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For YouThe Marriage of Bette and Boo and Betty’s Summer Vacation. He received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for A History of the American Film. His numerous fellowships and high-profile grants include a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, the CBS Playwriting Fellowship, the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation grant and the Kenyon Festival Theatre Playwriting Prize. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Miss Witherspoon. Durang was the co-director of the Lila Achenson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. He was the inaugural recipient of the Luminary Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for his work off-off-Broadway and he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award. He is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.

The cast includes Tim Bagley, Jose Moreno Brooks, Jenna Cole, Svetlana Efremova, Pamela Gray and Lorena Martinez. 

The creative and design team includes Keith Mitchell, set design; Raquel Barreto, costume design; Karyn D. Lawrence, lighting design; John Ballinger, original music/sound design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. Joshua Marchesi and Holly Ahlborn are the production managers and Moira Gleason is the stage manager.

Generous support for this production comes from Honorary Producers Julianne and George Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation.

Tickets start at $23. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Sept. 30-Oct. 21. Ticket prices start at $23. Low-priced preview performances run Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

Box Office Hours: The Box Office is open seven days a week: Mondays, noon-6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to show time; and Sundays, noon-show time.

  • Performance Dates, Times:
    • Previews
      • Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m.
      • Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 2-4, at 7:45 p.m.
        Note: Friday, Oct. 5, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special note: There are no Monday performances.
    • Evenings:
      • Tuesdays-Sundays, Oct 6-7; Oct. 9-14; and Oct. 16-20, at 7:45 p.m.
      • There is no evening performance on Sunday, Oct. 21
    • Matinees:
      • Saturdays-Sundays, Oct 6-7; Oct. 13-14; and Oct. 20-21 at 2 p.m.
    • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10. Discuss the play with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike cast members during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, offering insights into SCR’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The morning includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale, through Sept. 29; Kings by Sarah Burgess, Oct. 13-Nov.10; Nate the Great by John Maclay and Brett Ryback, Nov. 2-18 (Theatre for Young Audiences); A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Nov. 24-Dec.24; Culture Clash (Still) In AmeriCCa written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, Jan. 19-Feb.16, 2019; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience by Mo Willems, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, Feb. 1-17 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, March 3-24; Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen, March 30-April 27; Sheepdog by Kevin Artigue, April 14-May 5; Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 26-28; M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, May 11-June 8; and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, May 24-June 9 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Complete information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org