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Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike

This show be performed at The Orcas Island Grange

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"Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike "

The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces seven performances of the Tony-winning comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by three-time Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang.

The play opened on Broadway in 2013, received six Tony Award nominations, and won for best play. Durang was inspired by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's plays "The Seagull". “Three Sisters” and "Uncle Vanya," and the comedy is a lovingly funny homage to Chekhov's themes of heartbreak and hope.

Middle-aged siblings Vanya (Frank Michels) and Sonia (Lisa Spesard) share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha (Luann Pamatian), swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike (Chris Dalla Santa). Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra (Lesley Liddle), who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina (Adia Dolan), whose youth and prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. “Vanya and Sonia And Masha And Spike” is directed by Doug Bechtel.

Performances will be at 7:30 pm at the Grange on February 19, 20, 16, 27 and March 4, 5, and 6. Tickets are $10 and are available at Darvills Book Store and on this page and at the door. Sexual innuendo and language make this play unsuitable for preteens.

"Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art…deliriously funny…a heedless good time." —NY Times. "…riotous…the show's a ton of fun even if you can't tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya…This is the kind of full-on comedy that's sadly rare on Broadway." —NY Post.

"Everyone has a monologue that is nothing short of hilarious. (You'll find yourself using that word a lot.)…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."—Huffington Post.

For additional information contact Doug Bechtel at 317-5601.

Recent rehearsal photos:

Masha introduces Vanya to her new beau.


Vanya prepares to break up an argument between Sonia and Masha.


Spike shows off his acting ability to the cast.


Cassandra delivers a dire weather report.


Playfest 2016

The 11th annual Festival Of Locally Written Plays is coming up at the end of April and early May. We have received 14 plays from local writers. They are are undergoing revisions by the playwrights with final selection by the end of February.

Besides providing an opportunity for local playwrights, the Playfest also provides opportunities for new and experienced actors (each year casts about 20 actors in a wide range of ages) and directors and stage crew.

To be involved in the Playfest contact us at

Tickets are $10 and will available in August at Darvill's, on-line at or at the door.


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