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'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' opens at the Charbonneau Country Club May 13

PHOTO CREDIT: JESSICA MILLER - From left: Diana LoVerso (Sonia), Brandon Vilanova (Spike), Kira Smolev (Masha), Emma Heesacker (Nina), Marc Berezin (Vanya).The second offering of WilsonvilleSTAGE's 2022 season of theater productions is coming to stages in Charbonneau and Tualatin for six showings throughout the month of May.

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" is set to open at the Charbonneau Country Club with shows at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. May 15, followed by performances at the Tualatin Heritage Center at 7:30 p.m. May 20 and 21, as well as 2 p.m. May 21.

Written by Christopher Durang for Sigourney Weaver in 2012, according to director Janet Steiger Carr, the play debuted on Broadway in 2013 and has traveled regularly to a number of venues nationwide ever since.

The story follows a secret playwright named Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia, who encounter a number of wacky situations while attending a costume party with their celebrity actress sister Masha and her partner Spike.

"It's a comedy of characters who get put into bizarre situations, and their response to these bizarre situations is human, and very funny, and in a certain light could be termed dark," Steiger Carr said, adding that with this production, she aims to emphasize the hopeful elements of Durang's play.

"I am so blown away by Christopher Durang's writing and the layers that he puts into a script, the way that he can just turn a phrase … and make you look at something in a completely different way," Steiger Carr said, adding that she gained hope throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from the play's themes exploring how collective memory develops among people through shared experiences.

While the story is recommended for mature audiences due to some swearing and a "reverse striptease," Steiger Carr said it "does not veer into raunch."PHOTO CREDIT: JESSICA MILLER - Kira Smolev (Masha) and Brandon Vilanova (Spike).

Steiger Carr said she feels "blessed" to have found a cast from various local theater groups who did not all know each other prior to their first rehearsal together.

"The minute everybody was on stage together, it was immediate, it was ensemble, it was family, it was community," she said.

Starring as Vanya will be Marc Berezin, while Diana LoVerso plays the role of Sonia. Kira Smolev portrays Masha and Spike is played by Brandon Vilanova. Emma Heesacker will play a young female character named Nina and Cassandra, a housekeeper, will be played by Kathleen Silloway.

The a dvance purchase prices for tickets are $15 for adults and $13.50 for seniors 65 and older or students K-12. Tickets for WilsonvilleSTAGE's production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" are available online here or in-person at the Clackamas Community College Activity Center.

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