Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Gas Stipend is available for those who qualify.
14803 Park Almeda Dr.
Houston TX 77047
February 11, 2018 @ 3pm
February 12, 2018 @ 7 pm
About the play:
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy housekeeper Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
Please bring a headshot, and resume, along with known conflicts.
Auditions will consist of cold reading from provided sides. All parts are open, but age appropriate actors will be considered first.
The show will run from Friday April 6 to Sunday April 22, 2018, along with one Tuesday, and one Thursday night performance.
- Vanya (male, 50s-60s; the elder brother) Wry, retiring, frustrated, resigned fellow. Vanya et al is an ensemble piece, but the closest to a lead role is Vanya, who acts as the peacemaker in the family and has the most stage time. He also has a pages-long eruption of a monologue at the conclusion of the play. He is gay and lives with his adopted sister (‘together alone’) in the house of their childhood, having cared for their parents until they passed, supported financially by their sister. He never had to work and was complicit in letting his life slip by without making much of it at all.
- Sonia (female, 50s; the adopted sister). Melancholic, capricious, definitely regretful, possibly desperate. A mirror image of Vanya except less resigned and more prone to manic outbursts and accusations for her state of being. She also maybe has/had a clearer image of what she wanted from life. Sonia and Masha have a raw, contentious hostility toward one another that comes out as the play progresses. May be the one worth the most sympathy.
- Masha (female, 50s; the famous sister). Expansive, glamorous, haughty, frenetic. A successful and well-traveled actress, often married, Masha returns home to her siblings having found herself on the edge of “once beautiful.” Her self-deceptions are worn more on her sleeve than either of her siblings – see the flirtatious, empty-headed young companion she brings home with her. She returns to the homestead with intentions to sell it out from under her siblings, but really, she might not have had anywhere else to go.
- Spike (male, 20s or early 30s; Masha’s ‘companion’). Chiseled, flippant, devil-may care boy toy. A preening millennial, Spike is a young actor who pays just enough attention to Masha to keep her satisfied. He does not seem to have any urgency for anything, despite the fact that he has little to show for his career thus far. However, he has his looks, a captive audience, and believes the rest will be laid out on a plate for him when the time comes. As fair warning, Spike does disrobe down to his underwear in the play, and maintains that status for several pages on stage.
- Nina (female, 20s-30s; aspiring actor). Earnest, bouncy, a guileless admirer. An accidental arrival on the scene, Nina is the neighbor’s niece who has dreams of becoming an actress and has the (mis)fortune to stumble into her idol Masha. Her appearance though, provokes lust in Spike and, unsurprisingly, envy in Masha.
- Cassandra (female, flexible; soothsayer housekeeper). Obtrusive, kooky, dramatic. A true wildcard, gem of a comedic role, Cassandra is unambiguously and aptly named: she is a psychic prognosticator that no one believes but speaks the truth (mostly). She is also the housekeeper and somewhat of a caregiver to Sonia and Vanya. Her sudden, wild pronouncements for the future offer a lot to play around with for the adventuresome actor.
For more information on audition, please feel free to contact us.