PHOTO CALL: Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia..., With Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen
By Krissie Fullerton
17 Sep 2012
McCarter Theatre Center's world-premiere production of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which plays the New Jersey venue prior to its Off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater, officially opened in Princeton Sept. 14 following previews that began Sept. 7.
The cast features three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce, Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen, Genevieve Angelson, Shalita Grant and Billy Magnussen.
"It’s a lovely day at Vanya (David Hyde Pierce) and his stepsister Sonia's (Kristine Nielsen) farmhouse in Bucks County, PA," according to press notes. "But instead of spending the morning strolling through their cherry orchard, these wacky siblings have their hands full with a prophetic cleaning woman, a neighborhood costume party, and a surprise visit from their movie-star sister Masha (Sigourney Weaver) and her studly new boy-toy, Spike (Billy Magnussen)."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.