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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Auditions for: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Written by: Christopher Durang
Directed by: Jim Holmes

Performance dates:   May 15 to 19 and May 22 to 26, 2018


All actors must be available for all performances


Sunday January 7 2018 7:30 to 10 pm
Tuesday January 9 2018 7:30 to 10 pm
Call backs if necessary Wednesday January 10 2018 at 7:30 pm
Meet and Greet and Table Reading Thursday January 11 at 7.30 pm

AUDITION LOCATION: Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room.

Regular rehearsals will commence 7pm Sunday February 18th and will generally follow a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday evening (7-10pm) pattern.

Meet and Greet and Table Reading Thursday January 11 at 7.30 pm

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form. The audition will consist of cold scene readings.


Vanya and Sonia, his sister by adoption live in a house in Bucks County Pennsylvania. They and the house are maintained financially by their internationally famous movie star sister Masha. They have cared for their now deceased parents, college profs and amateur theatre enthusiasts, whose interest in these acivities led them to inflict on their children their Chekhovian names. Masha returns home unexpectedly for two reasons: first to attend a costume party in an important neighbouring house and second to arrange the sale of the family home. She has in tow her much younger boy toy Spike, an aspiring actor of limited success. Spike soon meets the young actress Nina, an event that is bound to arouse the jealousy of Masha. The final character is the cleaning lady, Cassandra, who in the world of opera would have been known as a “fifth business”. She appears to have the gift of prophecy and some other supernatural talents. This Tony award winning play is an unabashed comedy which in its original New York run starred Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde-Pierce.

Character Descriptions (Stage Ages very approximate)

4 female roles, 2 male role

VANYA : in his ’50s resigned to his life of little accomplishment. (About 460 lines)

SONIA : in her ‘50s his sister by adoption, discontented and regretful. (About 370 lines)

MASHA : in her ‘50s his other sister, glamorous and internationally famous movie actress. (About 460 lines)

SPIKE : in his ‘20s, Masha’s new boy toy, an aspiring actor sexy, athletic and self absorbed. (About 160 lines)

NINA : in her early ‘20s, a would-be actress, star struck and earnest. (About 140 lines)

CASSANDRA : (any age, any race, the cleaning lady and soothsayer who often gets it wrong. (About 190 lines)

Please contact the director Jim Holmes or the show’s production manager, Anne-Marie Smith, at for more information. We look forward to working with you!