Christopher Durang’s ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ Comes to the SCC Stage in January

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Allen O'Reilly, Bay Street Theater’s director of education and community outreach, will direct Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Southampton Cultural Center in January 2022. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

Note: As of December 27, 2021, this production has been postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in the state. A new production date is to be determined.

Intrepid Theatricals in partnership with Southampton Cultural Center (SCC) will present Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” opening Friday, January 7, and running through Sunday, January 16 at SCC, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.

Directed by Bay Street Theater’s director of education and community outreach, Allen O’Reilly, the cast features SCC veteran John Leonard as Vanya, Teresa DeBerry as Sonia, Andrea Harum Schiavoni as Masha, New York City actor Connor Tuohy as Spike, Anna Schiavoni as Nina and Catherine Bromberg as Cassandra.

“While Durang is quoted as saying that he took many of the characters and themes from Anton Chekhov’s major plays and threw them in a blender to create ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,’ no previous knowledge of Chekhov is required to truly enjoy this bitter sweet and often hilarious comedy” O’Reilly says. “The names and situations may be similar to the famous Russian’s playwright’s masterworks to a degree, but what we truly get in ‘VSMS’ is a funny, rich, touching and very contemporary play that deals with everything from millennials, to the theater and film industries, to aging gracefully to global warming.”

The set for the SCC production is designed by Andrea Harum Schiavoni, Daniel Schappert serves as Technical Director and Max Neukirch is designing the lights.

The show will run January 7 to 16. Showtimes are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 at scc-arts.org. The play contains some adult language and themes, and is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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