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Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, a comedy by Christopher Durang, on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 11:00am to 3:00pm and on Sunday, January 19 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Callbacks will be held on Monday, January 20 by appointment only.
This is a non-equity/non-paid production directed by Susan Stangl, produced by Alison Boole and Myron Klafter for Kentwood Players by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Performance dates are March 13 – April 18, 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045, home of the Kentwood Players, one of the longest continuously operating Los Angeles theater groups, now in its 70th year and voted the #1 Live Theater Group on the Westside in 2019 by readers of the Argonaut newspaper.
Christopher Durang’s hilarious comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE received multiple theatrical honors, including the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. Set in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up and cared for their elderly parents, while mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with her young, sexy, boy toy, Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs. With wit and absurdity, the toils and troubles of celebrity, social networking, and age combine into a laugh-out-loud comedy that will tickle your funny bone and stimulate your mind.
Those auditioning are asked to please arrive and sign-in within the first hour of auditions, and bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as a rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. It is highly recommended that those auditioning become familiar with the characters by reading the play before auditions. We will have sides available for the auditions. If you would like a copy of the script being used for this production or have any questions or concerns, please contact the production team at VSMS@kentwoodplayers.org.
Kentwood Players is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. All ethnicities, races, and gender identities are encouraged to audition and will be considered for every part. Age ranges are approximate.
VANYA – 50s – More or less resigned to his life, which has revolved around the care of his now-dead elderly parents in the company of his adopted sister, Sonia. He is accustomed to holding his feelings inside and acting as the peacemaker, which makes his tirade toward the end of the play all the more powerful. He is gay, but mostly keeps this to himself.
SONIA – 50s –Vanya’s adopted sister, living with him in Bucks County after caring for their now-deceased parents. A complex character, she is discontented with the way her life has turned out and resentful of her sister Masha, although she ultimately stands up to her and genuinely has fun when she goes to a costume party. Needs to attempt a reasonable Maggie Smith imitation.
MASHA – 50s – Successful aging actress who has had a glamorous life and five husbands. Although she is extremely self-involved, she is insecure about the direction her career has taken and the fact that she is growing older. Still, she is able to re-connect with her humanity and her family in the end. We need to see her vulnerability as well as her “diva” qualities.
SPIKE – 20s – Aspiring actor, Masha’s new companion, friendly, flirtatious, sexy and self-absorbed. The age difference between him and Masha needs to feel fairly big. He is trying to get ahead in his career but also genuinely cares for all women, including Masha, and is comfortable with his body as he spends a lot of time in his underwear.
NINA – late teens –early 20s – Star struck, enthusiastic, energetic, sincere and earnest, she is visiting relatives in the neighborhood and is genuinely in awe of Masha, although she finds Spike superficial. She becomes a sweet friend to Vanya and Sonia and gets along well with people older than she is. Described in the script as “luminous,” she is the epitome of youth.
CASSANDRA – any age – a cleaning lady and soothsayer. Needs to be able to make us see the sense of her Greek tragedy style speeches seeing the future. She truly cares for Vanya and Sonia and suspects Masha and Spike of being up to no good. An eccentric character, she is a sincere practitioner of voodoo.
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To meet the VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE production team and learn more about Kentwood Players, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.
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Performance Dates: 1/18/2020 - 4/18/2020
Performance dates are March 13 – April 18, 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045.
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