Cameron University brings Tony Award-winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” to the stage

Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts continues its 2016-2017 Theatre season celebrating “Stages through the Ages” with Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The production will be presented in the Cameron University Studio Theatre from November 17 through 20.  The curtain goes up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for senior citizens, military, Cameron faculty and staff, and non-Cameron students.  CU students receive one free admission with their CU I.D.  This production contains material that some people may find objectionable.

Cameron’s entry into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the tale of siblings Vanya and Sonia. The two share a home 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. 

The cast is composed of Theatre Arts majors P.M. Williams, Duncan, as Vanya; Emily Winkler, Moore, as Sonia; Stephanie Sabol, Lawton, as Masha; Cole Nowlin, Anadarko as Spike; Kelsey Hood, Oklahoma City, as Cassandra, and Joy Christie, Rome, Ga., as Nina.

Student designers for the production are Sierra Sorrell, Lawton, who is designing the props; Emily Whatley, Duke, make-up; and Richard Carl Johns, Lawton, sound. Faculty designers are Associate Professor Eric Abbott, costumes, and Assistant Professor Judd Vermillion, scenery and lights.

Crew members are stage manager Jacob Parkhurst, assisted by Samuel Brewer. The light board operator is Abigail Rinestine, and the sound board operator is MacEwen Sanders. James Spangle and Charlyn Nagorski serve as wardrobe crew, Mark Branson is on the running crew, and Shannon Badue is house manager. All are from Lawton.  Samantha Eddy, Sterling, is on the make-up crew.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” was the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play as well as claiming numerous honors including the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Artios award, Off-Broadway Alliance Awards and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.   

Some have called it “Chekhov in a blender!” as several of the show’s elements – character names, the setting in a cherry orchard and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home - were derived from the works of Anton Chekhov. Durang himself has said, “My play is not a Chekhov parody...I take Chekhov scenes and characters and put them into a blender.”

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November 8 2016