‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ opens June 9

By on May 25, 2016

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Described at its premiere by The New York Times as a “sunny new play about gloomy people,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” follows three middle-aged, co-dependent siblings and other quirky characters as they move through life’s ups and downs, loves and losses. Set in nearby Bucks County, the production comes to EPAC after a successful run on Broadway and several awards, including a 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.

Featuring an array of themes from Anton Chekhov’s works, the play calls on classic works in more ways than just the siblings’ names &tstr; but audiences need not be familiar with the Russian playwright’s catalogue to enjoy the characters’ antics.

The cast includes EPAC artistic director Edward R. Fernandez as Vanya, Sharon (Sharona) Mellinger as Sonia, Cynthia Charles as Masha, and Brian Viera as Spike. Also in the cast are Blessing Robinson as Cassandra, and Jennifer Amentt as Nina. The play is directed by Pat Kautter.

The production will run from June 9-18 at EPAC’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling 733-7966 x1.

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