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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike(Comedy)

Rated Mature for Adult Language and Content

By Christopher Durang
Directed by Christopher J. Murphy

March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 2015

Menu:

Caesar Salad
Spaghetti with Rich Meat Sauce
Key West Blend Vegetables
Hot Garlic Bread
Italian Crème Cake

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. 

"Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art…deliriously funny…a heedless good time." —NY Times. 

"…riotous…the show's a ton of fun even if you can't tell your Seagullfrom your Uncle Vanya…This is the kind of full-on comedy that's sadly rare on Broadway." —NY Post. 

"Hugely entertaining…few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly…in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of twenty-first-century life." —USA Today. 

"Everyone has a monologue that is nothing short of hilarious. (You'll find yourself using that word a lot.)…You've only spent a weekend with these people, but you might want to spend the rest of your life with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."—Huffington Post.

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


 


 

 

 

Actor Bios


Mason Dillon (Spike) is making his Arena Dinner Theatre debut. He was last seen in the chorus of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Civic Theatre. His past roles include the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Don Carney in Biloxi Blues, and Ren in Footloose. He works in music development and publishing and is an avid bike rider when it isn’t snowing outside. He would like to remind his past cast mates to be wary of Ranger Joe and to always “maintain!”


 

Sophia D’Virgilio (Nina) will be joining us for her second show here in Fort Wayne, and her very first performance with Arena Dinner Theatre. A junior at Homestead High School, Sophia is originally from Los Angeles. She and her family have spent the past five years touring with Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM. She performed in many small plays with the little school they had on tour and also performed in TOTEM's Kids Rule!, doing trapeze, silks, juggling, and singing. Shortly after relocating to Fort Wayne she joined the cast of Catch me if you Can at USF. She enjoyed doing this show so much that she wanted to give another one a try. She loves to play piano, sing, and ride her horses. She would like to thank for family for all the love and support they have given her. 


 

Todd Frymier (Vanya) Why talk of my accomplishments? I believe this is space and time better spent: Soft the light shines upon the stage, while you, the guest, wait for us, the actors, to walk into said light. Backstage we wait for our cue, and when said cue comes, then and only then shall we take our spots in said light. So begins the scene. So begins our, the actors, choices; and while some choices might seem peculiar at times, so are those in the lives of everyone. Not all that you see tonight has been rehearsed…for nothing happens without reaction and to predict it would be foolish…but it’s close. So I say to you “Enjoy our follies. Laugh, cry and applaud us. And when it’s time for bows, know that the last one belongs to you, our guest. THANK YOU!”

 

Renee Gonzales (Cassandra) is an accomplished vocalist and actress who recently returned to Fort Wayne after living and performing in New York City for the last 8 years. With a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Ball State University, Renee has worked in regional theatres (The Barn Theatre), cabarets (The Duplex, NYC) jazz clubs (Parkside Lounge, Cleopatra’s Needle, NYC), and performed in a national tour with TheatreWorks, USA (Winnie the Pooh). Locally, Renee was most recently seen as Antonina Tchaikovsky in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Master Works Series Tchaikovsky: Revealed and as their female soloist for the Regional Holiday Pops concerts. Some Fort Wayne Civic Theatre credits include Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sugar Plum Fairy/Gingy in Shrek: The Musical, as well as Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden-Anthony Award nom.-Lead Actress), Crazy for You (Tess) and My Fair Lady. Renee is a private voice instructor around town and at Mindy Cox’s Talent Avenue Voice Studio (www.mindycoxvoice.musicteachershelper.com). She is also a wedding soloist, specializing in Catholic masses, and a cantor at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. For more information, visit www.reneegonzales.com.


Nancy Kartholl (Sonia) has enjoyed an abundance of roles within the Fort Wayne theater scene for many years. Favorites include Anne Hathaway in the one-woman show Shakespeare’s Will, Veronica in God of Carnage (both at First Presbyterian Theater), Amalia in She Loves Me here at Arena, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at Civic (with Christopher Murphy and Todd Frymier), and Sara Jane Moore in Assassins at IPFW. She thanks husband Thom Hofrichter, Managing Artistic Director at FPT, for raising the bar on her acting skills and giving her the courage to leap (or do the limbo), and Murphy for letting her leap and do the limbo on the Arena stage.


Suzan Moriarty (Masha) is excited to once again be under the direction of Christopher Murphy after working with him in last season's, Company.  A familiar face on stage and behind the scenes, she recently directed the Fort Wayne premiere of The Dixie Swim Club  at Arena and will be joining the list of directors next season as well. Suzan is an award-winning performer whose credits are extensive and include local performances in The Fox on the Fairway, Boeing Boeing, Plaza Suite, The Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Father of the Bride, Don't Dress for Dinner, Xanadu and Broadway Bound. Other credits include performances in The World Goes Round, Shadowlands, Death by Chocolate, No Sex Please We're British, and Chapter Two.  Suzan is the Director of Home Care and Adult Day Care for Lutheran Life Villages and is currently serving as President on Arena Dinner Theatre's Board of Directors.
 

Christopher J. Murphy (Director) is an award-winning actor and director whose works have been seen locally at Arena Dinner Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. Recent credits include Boeing Boeing (Director), The Fox on the Fairway (Director) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson). In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy and Tony-winner Rupert Holmes on a revised version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood for Arena. The Director of Theatre at Blackhawk Middle School and a Master Teacher with F.A.M.E., Murphy also works as a producer/director with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, staging, among others, their annual Holiday Pops show. Most recently, he narrated the premiere performance of Kristine Papillon’s new children’s book, Crumpet the Trumpet (crumpetthetrumpet.com), wrote and narrated the original piece “The Journey of Johnny Tincap” with composer Adrian Mann, and directed Tchaikovsky: Revealed, all for the Phil. Next, he will be returning after a long hiatus to the Fort Wayne Youtheatre to direct Sleeping Beauty, performing in May. Murphy is thrilled to be entering the off-kilter world of Christopher Durang with a troupe of such capable actors and marvelous friends.


Tom Scribner (Stage Manager) is very happy to be working behind the scenes on this very funny show with a very talented cast. This is Tom’s fifth time to stage manage for Director Murphy. The previous shows include Company (Arena), The Fox on the Fairway (FPT), Moonlight & Magnolias (Arena), and Caught in the Net (Arena). Tom has also appeared on the stage in many local productions over the past few decades. His most recent role was that of Major Metcalf in Arena’s production of The Mousetrap. Favorite roles include: Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music (Arena), Mr. Alonzo Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (Civic), Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (Civic), President Roosevelt in Annie (Civic), General Waverly in White Christmas (Civic), TR in Tintypes (Arena), Jacob in Joseph… (Civic), The Blind Man/Ensemble in Frankenstein: the musical (Civic), and John Dickenson in 1776 (Arena). Tom would like to thank all the amazing people he has had the honor to work with over the past forty years in community theatre, and of course thanks also to his beautiful wife Linda for all her support.


Ali Gaff (Assistant Stage Manager) is again excited to be back at Arena working with this talented cast and crew! She will soon be graduating from IPFW with a B.A. in Psychology and at night she waitresses at Scotty’s Brewhouse. Ali is forever thankful to Murphy and his guidance and encouragement he’s given throughout the last decade of her life. She would also like to thank her family for always supporting her in everything she does.

 

 

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