Arts and Culture

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike to debut on mainstage


Sometimes, all you need is a striptease, teacups and a good fairytale. In “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, this is exactly what you will get — at least according to Anastasia Tammen ’17, who plays Sonia.

Revolving around the lives of three middle-aged siblings and their life troubles, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a Chekhovian spoof with a unique sense of humor, domestic arguments and bizarre characters.

Still, Tammen says the audience doesn’t have to know Checkhov to understand the comedy in the play. “Anybody with a sense of humor, who likes wacky, funny plays and appreciates literary works [will enjoy the production],” Tammen said.  

Tammen is very excited about the production, but was terrified when she auditioned for her spot as Sonia. “You never know what the director’s vision is, so you can be perfect for one director and the opposite for another,” Tammen said. “When 40 people try out for a play with six characters, there’s always the fear of rejection.”

For the most part, the cast members knew each other before production started. This allowed the play to hit the ground running, and let actors explore their creative freedom.  

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spikeopens on Nov. 10 in the Weber Theatre, and tickets can be reserved at the Watson Box Office. Those who wish to get involved with costumes and stage production can email the theater department.