Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Christopher Durang Running Time: 2 hours; 25 min

August 11, 2016 to
August 28, 2016

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Marcella Kearns

Featuring Carrie Hitchcock, JJ Phillips, Rana Roman, Elodie Senetra, Jenny Wanasek and C. Michael Wright

Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, are living out their middle age in an old farmhouse in Bucks County, PA, after years of caring for their ailing, Chekhov-loving parents. But their quietly tedious existence changes dramatically once their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike, for a weekend of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and family feuds. In its own deliciously madcap way, Durang's Tony Award-winning play not only offers endlessly inventive comic twists, but some keen insights into the absurdities, challenges and agonies of twenty-first-century life as well. [Contains mature language]

Co-Sponsored by:
George & Julie Mosher
Mickey & Casey Ripp

Christopher Durang
Carrie Hitchcock
Spike JJ Phillips
Cassandra Rana Roman
Elodie Senetra
Jenny Wanasek
Vanya C. Michael Wright
Production Staff
Director Marcella Kearns
Scenic Designer Brandon Kirkham
Costume Designer Alex Tecoma
Lighting Designer Sean Nicholl
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Sarah Ramos
Stage Manager Brandy Kline
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142:00 PM1516171:00 PM (*)7:30 PM (V)187:30 PM (T)198:00 PM204:00 PM8:00 PM
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T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12:00 PM

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 25, 2016 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Media Coverage

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' uncovers humor

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Christopher Durang, a prolific, absurdist playwright, has combined a passing salute to Anton Chekhov for setting and themes, but one does not have to be familiar with his work to catch the humor of this piece.

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BWW Review: MCT Channels a Crazy Chekhov in Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) opens their 2016-2017 season in the Cabot Theatre with this 2012 Tony Award for Best Play that captures three siblings, one adopted, contemplating their midlife regrets and revelations.

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Misery with laughs on the menu as Chamber Theatre opens season

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Laughter is normally a wonderful experience, full of the joys and tickles that can help heal the wounds of everyday life. But what if you find yourself laughing at the misery of others? Can you laugh without guilt? If these poor people are named Vanya and Sonia and Masha, then laughter is not only appropriate, it is inevitable.

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Chamber's 'Vanya and Sonia' whips human loneliness into a frappe

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fiftysomething siblings Vanya (C. Michael Wright) and Sonia (Jenny Wanasek) seemingly have it made. So why, just minutes after we’ve met her, does a clearly miserable Sonia hurl her still-full coffee cup across the room and insist that she and her brother “have never really lived”? Welcome to the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-beginning production of Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which opened Friday night under Marcella Kearns’ direction.

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Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

Friday, August 12, 2016

If anyone needs a life coach, it would be adult siblings Vanya and Sonia, two characters in Christopher Durang's zany comedy, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. The Broadway hit play is currently being produced at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.

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'Vanya' director Marcella Kearns' superpower is listening

Monday, August 8, 2016

MCT associate artistic director Marcella Kearns takes a listening approach to directing 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'.

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