K-State Theatre opens season with sibling comedy 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
MANHATTAN — The comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" will open the K-State Theatre season. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall at Kansas State University.
Written by Christopher Durang, the play is about Vanya and his stepsister Sonia, who have lived their entire lives in their family's farmhouse. While Vanya and Sonia cared for their ailing parents, their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving her siblings trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer/cleaning woman, Cassandra, keeps warning Vanya and Sonia about terrible things in the future, which includes a sudden visit from Masha and her boy toy, Spike.
The play is directed by Jerry Jay Cranford, assistant professor of theatre.
Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for seniors and military, and $9 for students, plus tax and applicable fees. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office or by calling 785-532-6428 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets also may be purchased online at http://www.k-state.edu/theatre. Fees apply to phone and online orders.
Students in the cast of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" include:
Sandra Chastan, master's student in theatre performance, Manhattan, as Cassandra; Cat Huck, junior in theatre, Scott City, as Masha; and Sam Johnson, senior in life sciences and pre-dentistry, as Spike, and Mark Young, junior in theatre, as Vanya, both from Topeka.
From out of state:
Daijah Porchia, sophomore in theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, as Nina; and LaVonne Canfield, master's student in drama therapy, Miami, Florida, as Sonia.