Press Release: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike Opens LTR Season

vanya-cast-productionUNC’s Little Theatre of the Rockies kicks off its 81st professional summer stock season Thursday, June 11 with Christopher Durang’s outrageous and hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life of self-reflection in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha, a popular movie star, travels the world. The comic wheels are set in motion when Masha returns, and their psychic cleaning woman Cassandra issues ominous warnings about their future. And so begins an unforgettable weekend that builds to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret, and racket.

Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with modern cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed as “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy!”

The show is directed by LTR Executive Producer/Resident Director David Grapes, and will include guest artist and former UNC theatre professor Tracy Salter (Sonia), who LTR audiences will remember for her comic work in the LTR productions of Always Patsy Cline, Hay Fever, Steel Magnolias and Bad Dates.

Also in the cast are current faculty members and LTR veterans (39 Steps, Master Class, Private Lives and God of Carnage) Shelly Gaza (Masha), and Ken Womble (Vanya) (39 Steps, Private Lives, The Drawer Boy, Tuesdays With Morrie and God of Carnage).

Rounding out the cast are recent UNC theatre graduates Devin Whitten (Nina), Drew Simon (Spike), and Megan Cournoyer (Nina/Cassandra understudy) in addition to current UNC student Lillian Brown (Cassandra).

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays at UNC’s Norton Theatre, in Gray Hall on the UNC campus. Evening performances are June 11-13, July 8-9, July 18 and July 24 at 7:30pm. Matinee performances are June 14 and July 19 at 2:00pm. For tickets and information call the box office at 970/351-2200, or buy tickets online.