Soap Stars Line Up for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Hartford Stage | Playbill

News Soap Stars Line Up for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Hartford Stage
Mark Nelson, David Gregory and Leslie Hendrix will star in the Hartford Stage production of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will begin performances May 22.

David Gregory
David Gregory

Maxwell Williams will direct the Tony-winning comedy that runs through June 15. The cast features Nelson (The Invention of Love, After the Fall) as Vanya, Gregory ("One Life to Live") as Spike, Hendrix ("All My Children") as Masha, Andrea Lynn Green (Harrison, TX) as Nina, Stacey Sargeant (Legally Blonde) as Cassandra and Caryn West (Crimes of the Heart) as Sonia.

According to Hartford Stage, "Comic genius Durang creates a wildly funny story about a self-absorbed movie star — with her 20-something boy-toy in tow — who returns to the family farmhouse to visit her brother and sister. Her arrival, and subsequent announcement, quickly turns this genial reunion into a hilarious free-for-all."

The production has scenic design by Jeff Cowie, costume design by Tricia Barsamian, lighting design by John Lasiter and sound design by John Gromada.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike received six Tony Award nominations and won for Best Play. Original cast members David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Shalita Grant and Billy Magnussen were also Tony-nominated, as was director Nicholas Martin. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was also honored with the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play.

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