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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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Audition Dates:

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Show Synopsis

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play serves up family drama with comic savagery. In addition to the Tony Award, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play, Drama Desk Award for Best Play, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live out their days in an endless, bleak tableau in Bucks County, PA. All seems numbingly mundane until in sweeps hurricane Masha, their fading movie star sister with her shiny new boyfriend and a big announcement that will impact all their lives.   

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Audition Notes

Cast Breakdown

Vanya: Male, 55-60 All Ethnicities 
Lives with his adopted sister Sonia at their family home, basically resigned to the way his life has turned out. Dour but highly intelligent, dry and sardonic, he plays peacemaker between his two sisters Sonia and Masha. Actor must possess strong comedic and language skills as well as excellent timing. 

Sonia: Female, 50-55 All Ethnicities 
Vanya’s discontented adopted sister who longs for a life not lived. Volatile and emotional, she is full of regret and jealous of Masha’s wild and glamorous life. Actress must possess strong comedic and language skills as well as a wide emotional range. Must do a convincing impersonation of Maggie Smith. 

Masha: Female, 50-55 All Ethnicities 
Vanya and Sonia’s sister who became a glamorous and successful movie star. More than a bit of a diva but also charming and funny. Highly competitive and very insecure about aging and losing her allure. 

Spike: Male, 20-29 All Ethnicities 
Masha’s new boyfriend. An aspiring actor. Very physically fit. Must be comfortable on stage in underwear only. Self-obsessed, but can be friendly and charming. Seeking a strong comedic actor who is good at physical comedy. 

Nina: Female, 17-25 All Ethnicities 
A lovely, sincere, would-be young actress visiting her aunt and uncle, who live next door to Vanya and Sonia. Starstruck and just a bit naïve. 

Cassandra: Any Gender, 30-55 All Ethnicities
Housekeeper and soothsayer, frequently bursts into prophecy, sounding like Greek tragedy, but always with a contemporary edge. Smart, biting wit. Must possess very strong comedic and verbal skills. 

Sides

Page numbers are taken from the Dramatists Play Services acting edition.

Vanya/Sonia: Page 7 - Page 9 (to Sonia's line at the bottom, "I agree with you") 

Sonia/Masha/Vanya: Page 39 (bottom) "I'm sorry about what I said about Spike taking Nina home" - (bottom third) "Maybe it's from a play I was in." Page 42. 

Nina/Vanya: Page 32 (bottom) "I wonder what costume she has for me." - (top of p. 34) "Yes, terrible."

Cassandra/Vanya: Page 45 (top-third of page) "Cassandra!" - Page 46 (mid-page) "Masha, listen to my brain: I want to sell the house."

Spike & Reader: Page 29 (from, "So I was auditioning for the spin-off series Entourage 2") - (bottom of page) "...doesn't mean we have to stop sleeping together occasionally"

Masha:  "I recall I had 3 fabulous sessions with the famous acting teacher, Derek Seretsky. He taught a combination of Stanislavskian sense memory mixed with Meisner repetition technique. I'd say, "Oh, Olga, let's go to Moscow." and he'd say back to me, "Oh, Olga, let's go to Moscow?" And I'd say, "Oh Olga - let's GO to Moscow." And he'd say "Oh, oh, oh, Olga, let's go to MosCOW." And then I'd say, "Ho, ho, ho, let's go to Moscow, Olga. Moscow. Moscow. Olga, oh, oh, let's go! I'm sorry, this is sounding incredibly false as I'm saying it. It makes one think I would've been horrible in Three Sisters. Maybe I would have been. No, no, I would've been great! Let's not talk about it anymore. Let's talk about something fun. We're going to a party tonight, and a costume one at that. I love costume parties!"

Sonia:  (In a Maggie Smith voice) "I am the Evil Queen from Snow White, as played by Maggie Smith on the way to the Oscars. Oh Sidney, do you think I'll win? I already have one Oscar for Miss Jean Brodie - (Does her Maggie Smith voice with Scottish accent) "Little gels, I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders" - (Back to regular Maggie Smith voice) but it would be lovely to win a second Oscar, my first one is so lonely on the mantelpiece. Do you agree, Sidney? Will I win tonight? I may have to get a little drunk before they read the nominations. Don't go traipsing off to other tables, leaving me unattended. Not tonight, Sidney. Tonight, let it be me."

Scheduling

Rehearsals will begin almost immediately. Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates at your audition. The rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability. 

Performance Dates

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2pm
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2pm
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8pm
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2pm
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8pm
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8pm

Administrivia

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org

The Barn does not charge a participation fee.

***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.

The Barn is an all-volunteer organization, we are unable to provide housing or offer remuneration.