Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang
Oct 10 - Nov 16, 2014
The Ricketson Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: 2 hours 7 minutes, includes one intermission
Ticket Price: Starts at $41
Age Recommendation: Appropriate for ages 14+
Advisory: Some strong language, some mild adult themes and content

Absurdist master Christopher Durang blends melancholy with mayhem in what The New York Times declares a “deliriously funny” black comedy. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this Chekhovian mash-up erupts into chaos when Vanya and Sonia receive a surprise visit from their Hollywood star sister, Masha, and her boy-toy Spike. Residents and visitors of the normally quiet household are thrown into uproarious upheaval as they confront issues of sibling rivalry, regret, lust and love.

Producing Partners: Margot & Allan Frank and Robert & Judi Newman

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Insider Perspectives
Insider Perspectives
Oct 10 | 6pm
Free • The Conservatory Theatre
Get an exclusive insider’s perspective of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike when you join us for a professionally-moderated discussion with our Theatre Company’s creative team.
Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Oct 19 | 3:30pm
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike after the show.
Page to Stage Discussion
Page to Stage Discussion
Nov 4 | 12pm
Free | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Bring your lunch and join our DCPA actors, playwrights and directors for an in-depth discussion about the creation and development of their work, focusing on Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Moderated by John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic.

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Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Nov 9 | 3:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike led by members of our academic community.
Theatre & Theology
Theatre & Theology
Nov 11 | 8:30pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike through a theological lens.
Page to Stage: Book Club Discussion
Page to Stage: Book Club Discussion
Nov 12 | 5:30pm
Free | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
The new Page to Stage Book Club lets you read the book, see the play, meet the cast and join the discussion! Register to receive discounts on the selected books or plays and the corresponding Theatre Company performances, plus enjoy a book discussion and other special events. Register at
Theatre Thursdays
Theatre Thursdays
Nov 13 | 5:30pm
$50 | Ricketson Theatre
Your ticket to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike for Theatre Thursdays includes a refreshing cocktail, tasty bar bites, live music and the show.


Accessible Performance
Accessible Performance
Nov 15 | 1:30pm
Free with admission
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Sam Gregory
Sam Gregory, Vanya
Theatre Company: Over 40 productions. World Premieres: The Most Deserving, Plainsong, Eventide, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner. Other Favorites: Shadowlands, Hamlet, The 39 Steps, Doubt, The Voysey Inheritance, Ruined, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, A Flea in Her Ear, Hotel on Marvin Gardens, You Can Never Tell, Tartuffe. Other Theatres: Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Cleveland Play House, San Jose Rep, American Players Theatre, Eureka Theatre, George Street Playhouse, O’Neill Theatre National Playwrights Conference, Alabama/California/ Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Paragon. TV/Film: “NY Undercover,” “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns.”

Eddie Lopez
Eddie Lopez, Spike
At the Theatre Company: Debut. New York: Throne of Blood (BAM). Regional: Animal Crackers, Medea/Macbeth/ Cinderella, The Pirates of Penzance, WillFull, Henry IV Part II, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Henry VIII, The Clay Cart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (The Theatre @ Boston Court, LA); What to Wear? (directed by Richard Foreman, Center for New Performance at REDCAT, LA); The Man Who Came to Dinner, Into the Woods, Woman in Mind (Summer Repertory Theater, Santa Rosa CA); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (CalArts). TV/Film: Redwood Highway. Training: BFA, CalArts.

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Socorro Santiago
Socorro Santiago, Cassandra
At the Theatre Company: Living Out. Broadway: The Bacchae (Circle in the Square). Off- Broadway: Lark, 59E59 Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Naked Angels, Here, Intar. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab (So Go The Ghosts of Mexico Part II, The Good Book by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare), Chatauqua Theatre Institute (The Guadalupe, directed by Ethan McSweeney), Long Wharf Theatre (Macbeth 1969 and John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation, both directed by Eric Ting), Sundance Theatre Lab (Like Water for Chocolate by Quiara Alegria Hudes), Alliance Theatre (26 Miles by Quiara Alegria Hudes), Huntington Theatre (Boleros for the Disenchanted by Jose Rivera, IRNE actress nomination). Film credits: The Other Woman, Ornament of Faith, All Good Things, and Freedomland. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Unforgettable,” “Bored To Death,” and all the “Law & Orders.” American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for her work as Isabella Santos on “All My Children.”

Lesley Shires
Lesley Shires, Nina
At the Denver Center: Debut. Other Theatres: Off- Broadway: Happy Birthday (TACT), Off- Off Broadway, The Gin Baby (IRT). Regional: Barefoot in the Park (Dorset Theatre Festival); Homestead Crossing (world premiere, Berkshire Theatre Group, Merrimack Repertory and Portland Stage Co.); Laughing Stock (Pioneer Theatre Company); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Boise Contemporary Theater); The Little Prince, Crimes of the Heart, Amadeus and Romeo and Juliet (PlayMakers Repertory). TV/Film: “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Person of Interest,” “Rescue Me,” The Fly Room. Training: East Carolina University, BFA; NYU Grad Acting, MFA; Guthrie Experience.

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On Twitter: @lesleyshires

Amelia White
Amelia White, Sonia
At the Theatre Company: Under Milkwood, Wings. On Broadway she appeared in Crazy for You, The Heiress and Off- Broadway in The Butter and Egg Man at Atlantic Theater Company. The Accrington Pals at Hudson Guild Theatre (Theatre World Award). Regional theatre includes Chicago (Weston Playhouse), Noises Off (Dorset Theatre Festival), A Small Family Business (The Cleveland Play House), The Mask of Moriarty and Loot (The Old Globe), A Penny for the Guy (Studio Arena), Pericles (Hartford Stage Company), On the Verge, Top Girls (Cincinnati Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater) and Silent Sky (So. Coast Rep).
Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang, Playwright
Christopher Durang’s plays include A History of the American Film (Tony nomination, Best Book of a Musical), The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Beyond Therapy, Baby With The Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, and Durang Durang. In 1996, he was commissioned by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation to write a new book for the popular musical Babes in Arms. Sex and Longing was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater and was presented on Broadway in fall 1996 starring Sigourney Weaver. The Idiots Karamazov, a full-length play with music written with Albert Innaurato, was revived at the American Repertory Theatre. His play Betty’s Summer Vacation (Drama Desk Award nomination) had its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 1999. His new musical (with music by Peter Melnick), Adrift in Macao, premiered at New York Stage and Film in the summer of 2002. Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge was commissioned by Pittsburgh’s City Theater and had its world premiere in November 2002. He has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Early in his career, he won a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, the CBS Playwriting Fellowship, the Lecompte du Nouy Foundation grant, and the Kenyon Festival Theatre Playwriting Prize. In 1995 he won the prestigious threeyear Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award; as part of his grant, he ran a writing workshop for adult children of alcoholics. Since 1994 he has been co-chair with Marsha Norman of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.
Jenn Thompson
Jenn Thompson, Director
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Jenn is Co-Artistic Director of NYC’s TACT/ The Actors Company Theatre, where she has directed multiple productions including the Drama Desk nominated revival of Lost in Yonkers and New York Times “Top Ten Pick,” The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Other NYC Theatre: Rattlestick, Abingdon, NYMF, FringeNYC. Regional: Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Hartford Stage (Connecticut Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Direction), Pioneer Theatre, Portland Stage Company, and four seasons at the Dorset Theatre Festival where she serves as Resident Director.
Meghan Anderson Doyle
Meghan Anderson Doyle, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jackie & Me, The Giver, Superior Donuts, Well, and Ed, Downloaded. Off-Center (CULT FOLLOWING seasons 1-4), DCPA Cabaret (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! and Five Course Love), Curious Theatre Company (Good People, The Brothers Size, A Number, Up, tempOdyssey), The Aurora Fox (Metamorphoses), National Theatre Conservatory Rep (16 productions). Special/Awards/ Training: Theatre Company Costume Design Associate 2006-present; BA Theatre, University of Denver; MFA Costume Design, University of Florida.

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Shannon McKinney
Shannon McKinney, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Colorado Shakespeare Festival (The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor), The Arvada Center (Memphis, Tarzan, End of the Rainbow, Man of La Mancha), Curious Theatre Company (Venus in Fur, The Brothers Size, Red, Eurydice), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Court Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre. Special/Awards: CTG Henry Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (The Whipping Man, Painted Bread, Man of La Mancha, Red), Company Member of Curious Theatre.
Tyler Nelson
Tyler Nelson, Sound Designer
At the Theatre Company: The Most Deserving, The Giver and Ed, Downloaded. Off Center: DATE*, Square of Ice, Cult Following Season 1, The L&J&J Project, Hip- Hop Jambalaya, Wii: The Ultimate Baseball Game. Other Theatres: Applebox Theatre Company (Buried Child, Summertree). Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Sound Engineering, University of Colorado Denver.
A. Phoebe Sacks
A. Phoebe Sacks, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: 12 seasons, over 30 productions, including most recently: Shadowlands, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Death of a Salesman. Training: BA in Technical Theatre, University of Northern Colorado.
Allison Horsley
Allison Horsley, Dramaturg
At the Theatre Company: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Animal Crackers, New Play Summits, Death of a Salesman, The Giver, Eventide, Plainsong, 1001. Broadway/West End: Jersey Boys, Dracula, Chaplin (development). Other Theatres: O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Centerstage, Yale Repertory Theatre. Special/Awards/Training: MFA from Yale School of Drama; BA from University of Denver in Russian and Theatre. Associate Professor, University of Denver.

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Lisa Orzolek
Lisa Orzolek, Set Designer
At the Theatre Company: (200+ productions/22 seasons) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Liar, Superior Donuts, Othello, Well, The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Gee’s Bend, Third, The Pillowman, Living Out, After Ashley, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Boston Marriage, Visiting Mr. Green, Blue/Orange. Other Theatres: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Love...Perfect...Change, Five Course Love, Girls Only, The Taffetas, My Way (DCPA Cabaret); Twelfth Night, God’s Country (National Theatre Conservatory). Training: BFA in Scenic Design, Boston University.
Elissa Myers Casting
Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Foquet, CSA
For PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter.” Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs. Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting). Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013) and The Union. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 25 Off- Broadway shows. Regional casting in the past few years includes the Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artois awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
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