Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Press Release – January 16, 2018
Valley Players bring Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike to Napa Valley
Valley Players and the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater present the 2013 Tony Award winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang for three performances on February 1, 2 and 3 at 7pm at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
NAPA, CA, JANUARY 16, 2018 – The troupe then takes their show to the Mira Theatre in Vallejo for performances on February 9 and 10 at 7pm and February 11 at 2pm.
Chekhov is alive and well in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong but sometimes right, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie-star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, sexy, boy toy, Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs. With wit and absurdity, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day toils and troubles of celebrity, social networking, and age into a laugh-out-loud comedy that will tickle your funny bone and stimulate your mind.
“… riotous … the show’s a ton of fun even if you can’t tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya …” —The New York Post
“Hugely entertaining … few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly … in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of twenty-first century life.” —USA Today
“… deliriously funny … a heedless good time.” —The New York Times
“You’ve only spent a weekend with these people, but you might want to spend the rest of your life with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” —HuffingtonPost.com
Directed by Carla Spindt and Lu Kenmonth and featuring Paul Cotten, June Alane Reif, Randi Storm, Linda Howard, Michael Hunter and Courtney South, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is funded in part by a grant from the Napa Valley Arts Council and the generosity of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. It is recommended for mature audiences.
Tickets are $20.
For the Yountville performances, tickets can be purchased online at http://lincolntheater.com/vbo/?page=selectevent&eid=24019&edid=0 (online purchasing fees apply), by calling the box office at 707-944-9900, by visiting the box office (100 California Drive, Yountville) on Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm or at the door beginning one hour before show time.
For the Vallejo performances, tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vanya-and-sonia-and-masha-and-spike-tickets-42247817359 (online purchasing fees apply), by emailing Valley Players at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door beginning one hour before show time.
About Valley Players
Founded in 2016, Valley Players is a community-based group from the Napa Valley. Their focus is to produce quality affordable live theater from plays of both the classic and contemporary genres that provide roles both on-stage and off for women over 40. Naturally, they will also have roles for men and younger women, but they strive to include as many women as possible in each aspect of theatrical production – from writing to acting to directing to design and much more. It is their joy to bring live theater to the Napa Valley.
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