Tony Award “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” hits the stage

From left to right sitting, Barbara Ball as Cassandra, Aprille Lawrence as Sonia, and Todd Hutchinson as Vanya. In the top row, left to right, are Anna Kendall as Masha, Andy Freeman as Spike, and Allie Gibbs as Nina. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Bundle up and bring your family to the Springfield Community Players for their fall production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” running Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. This show will bring laughter and comedic relief for the whole family.

Based on the works of Anton Chekhov, the play written by Christopher Durang revolves around the relationship between three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together. The story takes place during a visit by the third sibling, Masha, who helps support them. They have discussions of their lives and loves, they argue, and Masha even threatens to sell the house.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. in 2012 followed by an Off-Broadway production later the same year. In 2013, the show moved to Broadway, where it was named a commercial success. Its run on Broadway garnered a lot of attention and awards including a Tony Award for Best Play.

For the Springfield production, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is under the direction John MacDonald, Springfield Community Players president. “This is my second show as director with my first directorial debut with the Springfield Community Players in 2018 with the successful production of ‘The Boys Next Door,’” says MacDonald.

Notable cast members include Todd Hutchinson as Vanya, Aprille Lawrence as Sonia, Anna Kendall as Masha, Andrew Freeman as Spike, Barbara Ball as Cassandra, and new to the SCP stage, Allie Gibbs in the role of Nina.

MacDonald added, “The stage will be a stunning sight to see. The beautiful set will put you right in the backyard with the actors with special sound effects and a surprising new up and coming theater experience that will make all your senses come alive.”

Join us at the Players’ Studio on South Street in Springfield to laugh your way through this knee-slapping comedy! Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 802-885-4098.

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