Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by

Christopher Durang

SYNOPSIS

Vanya and Sonia (named after Chekhovian characters by their theatre-loving, academic parents) have lived their entire lives in the family’s farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as an oft-married successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and resentful at home. Meanwhile, the soothsayer/cleaning woman, Cassandra, warns them of terrible events to happen in the near future — events which do come true. Masha sweeps in with her good-looking toyboy, Spike. She is planning to sell the house, for which she no longer intends to pay the upkeep.

Then Nina, the niece of a neighbour, is drawn into the circle, the Chekhovian cast is complete. A nearby costume party and Vanya’s attempt at having his long-withheld avant-garde play performed before his siblings crown a weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness.

DIRECTOR

Claudia Wicki

CAST

Vanya

Ciaran Corsar

Sonia

Bouqui Stautmeister

Masha

Frances Vella

Spike

Tomi Gustaf

Cassandra

Marianne Alewine

Nina

Courtney Beamish

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Production Coordinator

Tim Purdue

Assistant Director

Luke Walker

Stage Managers

Helena Sievi, Jim Carson, Andrea Manuela Rüttimann, Sayora Sadikova

Props

Dana Ryffel, Christina Whiting, Karen Siber, nne Jiricny

Set Design

Anita Gander

Set Construction

Members of the Club

Lighting Design

Tiina Palojärvi, Andreas Stahl

Lighting Crew

Bruce Gailey, Nilesh Ghaisas, Arseniy Klimovskiy, Asia Szczeszek

Costumes

Dana Ryffel, the Cast

Costume Change

Mary Seidler, Karen Siber, Make-up Crew

Hair and Make-up

Bettina Psóra

Hair and Make-up Crew

Chris Eusebio-Ellis, Maureen Grimm, Ulyana Lessani

Sound Design

Tim Purdue

Sound Crew

Susan DePaul, Beat Lanz, Joanna Martinho, Oliver Pont, Deborah Somers

Prompters

Alan Bridgman, Joan Bridgman, Irene Lautenbach

Transportation

Mike Peggs, Hans Schmid

Publicity

Paul Bilton

Poster/Cover Design

Paul Bilton

Programme Editor

Markus Wyler

Layout & Printing

Schneider Druck AG, 8032 Zürich

Video/Trailer

Neil Watcyn-Palmer

Photography

Tom Hofmänner

Box Office

Ciaran Corsar, Members of the Club

Front of House

Valery Niggli, Members of the Club

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