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THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF
CHRISTOPHER DURANG’S TONY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
IN ITS SAN DIEGO PREMIERE


JESSICA STONE TO DIRECT, BASED ON THE BROADWAY DIRECTION OF
OLD GLOBE ASSOCIATE ARTIST NICHOLAS MARTIN

THE GLOBE SADLY NOTES THE PASSING OF MR. MARTIN ON APRIL 30—
A GIANT LOSS FOR THE AMERICAN THEATRE,
AND THAT OF A MOST VALUED FRIEND

SAN DIEGO (May 5, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the cast of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning farce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will include Candy Buckley as Masha, Marcia DeBonis as Sonia, Tyler Lansing Weaks as Spike, Allison Layman as Nina, Martin Moran as Vanya, and Haneefah Wood as Cassandra. Jessica Stone will direct, based on the Tony-nominated Broadway direction of Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin, whose loss on April 30 devastated the theatre world*. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run May 17 – June 22, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 17 – 21. Opening night is May 22 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

In the funniest new American play in years, award-winning playwright Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You) melds Chekhov with his own offbeat and hilarious sensibility to create what Newsday calls “one of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons.” Your heart has to go out to three siblings whose artsy parents named them after characters from Chekhov. Vanya and Sonia have lived at home while sister Masha has travelled the world starring in B-movies. Now Masha is back, with her boy toy Spike in tow, and she’s intent on selling the house. Farce ensues.

“If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then The Old Globe is about to cure a lot of people, because this is one very, very funny play,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Christopher Durang has written a sweet, quirky comedy, and the Globe has gathered a team of true knuckleheads to bring it to vivid comic life. I am looking forward to our audiences enjoying some real belly laughs even as they are touched by the real humanity in this wonderful play.”

The cast of Broadway veterans making their Globe debuts includes Candy Buckley (Masha; The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters, Cabaret, “Treme”), Marcia DeBonis (Sonia; That’s What She Said, “Lipstick Jungle”), Tyler Lansing Weaks (Spike; Macbeth directed by Jack O’Brien, “The Good Wife”), Martin Moran (Vanya; Lucille Lortel Award for All the Rage, The Cradle Will Rock, Spamalot),and Haneefah Wood (Cassandra; Rent, Avenue Q, Brooklyn, “Nurse Jackie”). Joining them is Globe/USD M.F.A. actress Allison Layman (Nina; Pygmalion, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead).

The creative team includes David Korins (Scenic Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mark Bennett (Original Music and Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Bryan Hunt (Associate Director), and Annette Yé (Stage Manager). Stone, who is a frequent collaborator with Martin, will base this production on his Tony-nominated Broadway direction. Martin had been previously announced to return to San Diego to direct but had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spikeis supported in part through gifts from Valerie and Harry Cooper, and Peter Cooper and Norman Blachford.

Christopher Durang’s (Playwright) plays include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play), The Idiots Karamazov, co-authored with Albert Innaurato, A History of the American Film (Tony Award nomination), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (on and Off Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obies for Playwriting, Direction for Jerry Zaks and Ensemble Performance, Dramatists Guild of America’s Hull-Warriner Award), Laughing Wild, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obies for Playwriting, Direction for Nicholas Martin and Performance for Kristine Nielsen), Miss Witherspoon (2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. His cabaret credits include Das Lusitania Songspiel, co-authored and performed by Sigourney Weaver and Durang (Drama Desk Award nominations for both performers) and Chris Durang & Dawne (Bistro Award for Durang and cohorts John Augustine and Sherry Anderson). He has won the Harvard Arts Medal and the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, and he was recently inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. For 18 years he and Marsha Norman have been co-chairs of The Juilliard School’s Playwriting Program. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

Jessica Stone (Director) has worked as an actress on and Off Broadway, and in television and film, for the last 20 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes with Sutton Foster, Butley with Nathan Lane, The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, The Smell of the Kill with Claudia Shear, Design for Living with Alan Cumming and Dominic West, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with John Stamos, and Grease with Rosie O’Donnell. Her Off Broadway credits include Crimes of the Heart directed by Kathleen Turner, Krisit, The Country Club, June Moon, Tenderloin,and Babes in Arms. She has performed in regional theatres across the country including Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geva Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and six seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her favorite productions include She Stoops to Conquer, She Loves Me, Springtime for Henry, Betty’s Summer Vacation, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,and The Cherry Orchard. Concurrently, she was an assistant/associate director on and Off Broadway to Nicholas Martin, Joe Mantello, David Warren, and Christopher Ashley. Stone’s directing career began in earnest with her 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Williamstown Theater Festival’s Main Stage, which was met with critical acclaim. Her directing credits now include Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown) and Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA). Her workshops and readings include Huntington Theatre Company’s Breaking Ground Festival, Hourglass Group Ltd.’s Hot Buttons: A Political Vaudeville, and collaborations with artists such as Joy Behar and Claudia Shear. Stone’s upcoming productions include Kaufman and Lardner’s June Moon for Williamstown (2014) and Absurd Person Singular for Two River Theater Company. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

* “On April 30, 2014, the American theatre lost a giant, and The Old Globe lost one of its most valued friends,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Nicholas Martin’s relationship with this institution began when he acted here in King Lear in 1957, and it continues to this day as we present Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in a production based on his original Broadway direction. The 57-year span of his Globe career saw him act in 18 additional productions and direct six, most recently his acclaimed 2013 staging of Shaw’s Pygmalion. On the opening night of that production the Globe named him an Associate Artist, an honor that he was as proud to earn as we were to bestow. He will be deeply, sorely missed. It was our great good fortune to have had him and his brilliant talent in our lives, and we will celebrate his memory in all the work we do.”

Nicholas Martin (Original Direction, 7/10/1938–4/30/2014 ) was an Associate Artist of The Old Globe and previously directed the Globe productions of Pygmalion, Later Life, Full Gallop, Overtime, Macbeth, and The Mask of Moriarty. His Broadway credits include Christopher Durang’s smash hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Present Laughter, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler, The Rehearsal, and You Never Can Tell. His Off Broadway credits include Saturn Returns, The New Century, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Drama Desk Award nomination), and The Time of the Cuckoo (Lincoln Center Theater), Chaucer in Rome and Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (The Public Theater), Fully Committed (Vineyard Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre), Full Gallop (Manhattan Theatre Club, Westside Theatre), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination), Sophistry (Playwrights Horizons), and Bosoms and Neglect (Signature Theatre Company). Martin’s regional credits include She Stoops to Conquer (McCarter Theatre Center), The House of Blue Leaves (Mark Taper Forum), Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre), The Verizon Play (Humana Festival of New American Plays), The Circle and A Cheever Evening (Westport Country Playhouse), and My Wonderful Day (Two River Theater Company). He is the former Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival and Huntington Theatre Company.

TICKETS to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on May 17 and continue through June 22. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Regular performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, June 11 and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 14. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more.

Additional events taking place during the run of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Monday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. The seminar features a panel selected from the artistic company of the production and takes place in the theatre where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tuesdays, May 27 and June 3 and Wednesday, June 11. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available during performances ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

A REMINDER: Balboa Park’s 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge, which provides access to Laurel Street and the west side of the Park, will be closed to automobiles and vehicular traffic through June during Caltrans’s seismic retrofitting process. The bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles, so patrons could arrive a bit earlier and enjoy the short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama and the historic views of the California Tower and Dome. To access The Old Globe during this repair period, vehicle traffic should enter Balboa Park from the east via Park Boulevard and President’s Way. The Organ Pavilion, Alcazar Garden, and Hall of Champions lots all offer ample parking, and a lovely short walk through the Park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

2013-2014 SEASON CALENDAR: Time and the Conways (3/29-5/4), Water by the Spoonful (4/12-5/11), What You Will (4/28), Thinking Shakespeare Live! (5/3), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (5/17-6/22), Dog and Pony (5/28-6/29), A Distant Country Called Youth (6/9), Othello (6/22-7/27), Into the Woods (7/12-8/10), Quartet (7/25-8/24), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (8/10-9/14).

2014-2015 SEASON CALENDAR: Bright Star (9/13-11/2/14), The Royale (10/4-11/2), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/15-12/27), Murder for Two (1/24/15-3/1), The Twenty-Seventh Man (2/14-3/15), The White Snake (3/21-4/26), Buyer & Cellar (4/4-5/3), Arms and the Man (5/9-6/14), an exciting new American play to be announced (5/23-6/21).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images and b-roll of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

CANDY BUCKLEY (Masha) finished a run in the fall of The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters at Playwrights Horizons. Her Broadway credits include Cabaret, Scandalous, Thoroughly Modern Millie, After the Fall, and Ring Round the Moon. Her select Off Broadway credits include Shockheaded Peter, Defying Gravity, The Petrified Prince (Drama Desk Award nomination), Bernarda Alba, Valhalla, Communicating Doors, Wise Guys, View of the Dome, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Make Me. As a company member for four years at American Repertory Theater, she has appeared in Hedda Gabler, Macbeth, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, King Lear, and Misalliance, among others. As a company member of 11 years at Dallas Theater Center, her credits include Next Fall, The Cherry Orchard, All the King’s Men, Lady Audley’s Secret, and Masha in The Three Sisters, among others. Regionally she has appeared in The Little Dog Laughed (Hartford TheaterWorks), Autumn Sonata (Yale Repertory Theatre), A Delicate Balance (Guthrie Theater), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Chautauqua Theater Company), Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse), Doctor Cerberus (South Coast Repertory), Travesties (Williamstown Theatre Festival), All the King’s Men (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award nomination), Charles Busch’s The Lady in Question (Bay Street Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Casa Mañana), and Whistle Down the Wind (National Theatre). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Statue Award for outstanding achievement in theatre. Her television credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and a recurring role on HBO’s “Treme.” Her recent film credits include Bachelorette.

MARCIA DEBONIS (Sonia) has appeared in New York at Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theater Lab, and numerous productions with the Drama Desk Award-winning theatre company The Barrow Group, of which she is a founding member. Her regional credits include Long Wharf Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Chautauqua Theater Company, among others. Her films include the Sundance Film Festival entry That’s What She Said co-starring Anne Heche and Alia Shawkat, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, Bride Wars, 12 and Holding, 13 Going on 30, The Devil’s Advocate, The Truman Show, and many more. She has appeared on television in “Babylon Fields” (NBC pilot, 2014), “Homeland,” “The Big C,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Lipstick Jungle” (recurring), “Law & Order,” and “Spin City.”

TYLER LANSING WEAKS (Spike) most recently made his Broadway debut in Macbeth directed by Jack O’Brien. Some of his other New York performances include Take Ten (Theatre Row), Over the Horizon (MCC Theater), and Nature’s Trace (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity). Regionally he has starred in shows including the world premiere of Sparrowgrass (Trinity Repertory Company) and as Ken Talley in Fifth of July and Peter Patrone in The Heidi Chronicles (Princeton Summer Theater). Some of his other favorite past roles are Horatio in Hamlet, Slim in Cowboy Mouth, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World, and Frankie Epps in Parade. He has also appeared on television in “The Good Wife” (CBS) and as Scott in the pilot “Scott Free” (Paramount).

ALLISON LAYMAN (Nina) made her Globe debut in Pygmalion directed by Nicholas Martin, and she appeared in the 2013 Shakespeare Festival productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Her Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program credits include the title role in Antigone, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Francisca in Measure for Measure. Layman was a two-year company member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where her credits include The Comedy of Errors, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth. Her other regional work includes Petra in An Enemy of the People at Playhouse on Park in Hartford, Connecticut, and a wide range of roles in productions at the Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Massachusetts. Layman studied with Bill Esper at his studio in New York and received her B.A. in French Language and Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Layman is in her final year of training in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A Program.

MARTIN MORAN’s (Vanya) most recent New York work includes the Off Broadway run of his one-man play, All the Rage (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), The Cradle Will Rock (City Center Encores!), and Brecht’s A Man’s a Man (Classic Stage Company). His Broadway performances include Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Big River. He has appeared Off Broadway in Fun Home (The Public Theater), Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons), A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater),and The Cider House Rules and 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company). He received an Obie Award and two Drama Desk Award nominations for his 2004 solo play The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir of the same title. His regional work includes La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, and Intiman Theatre. He has appeared on film and television in “The Newsroom,” “The Big C,” Possible Side Effects, Private Parts, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Dellaventura,” and Mary and Rhoda. He wrote the book and lyrics for the 2012 Inner Voices musical Borrowed Dust with composer Joseph Thalken. His new memoir, All the Rage, will be released by Beacon Press next year.

HANEEFAH WOOD (Cassandra) is making her Globe debut. Her Broadway credits include Rent, Avenue Q, and Brooklyn. Her television and film credits include “White Collar,” “Nurse Jackie,” “NYC 22,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Strong Medicine,” and Freedomland. A recent Los Angeles transplant, Wood was a standout in the 2014 CBS Diversity Showcase.

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FACT SHEET

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Jessica Stone
Based on the Broadway Direction of Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin

RUNS: May 17 – June 22, 2014
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: Your heart has to go out to three siblings whose artsy parents named them after characters from Chekhov. Vanya and Sonia have lived at home while sister Masha has travelled the world starring in B-movies. Now Masha is back, with her boy toy Spike in tow, and she’s intent on selling the house. Farce ensues.

CREATIVE TEAM: Christopher Durang (Playwright), Jessica Stone (Director), Nicholas Martin (Original Direction), David Korins (Scenic Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mark Bennett (Original Music and Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Bryan Hunt (Associate Director), Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

CAST: Candy Buckley (Masha), Marcia DeBonis (Sonia), Tyler Lansing Weaks (Spike), Allison Layman (Nina), Martin Moran (Vanya), Haneefah Wood (Cassandra).

PREVIEWS:
May 17 SAT 8pm
May 18 SUN 7pm
May 20 TUE 7pm
May 21 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: May 22 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
May 23 FRI 8pm
May 24 SAT 2pm
May 24 SAT 8pm
May 25 SUN 2pm
May 25 SUN 7pm
May 27 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 28 WED 7pm
May 29 THU 8pm
May 30 FRI 8pm
May 31 SAT 2pm
May 31 SAT 8pm
June 1 SUN 2pm
June 1 SUN 7pm
June 3 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 4 WED 7pm
June 5 THU 8pm
June 6 FRI 8pm
June 7 SAT 2pm
June 7 SAT 8pm
June 8 SUN 2pm
June 8 SUN 7pm
June 10 TUE 7pm
June 11 WED 2pm
June 11 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 12 THU 8pm
June 13 FRI 8pm
June 14 SAT 8pm
June 15 SUN 2pm
June 15 SUN 7pm
June 17 TUE 7pm
June 18 WED 7pm
June 19 THU 8pm
June 20 FRI 8pm
June 21 SAT 2pm
June 21 SAT 8pm
June 22 SUN 2pm
June 22 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, May 27 and June 3 and Wednesday, June 11.
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10).

PRESS CONTACTS:
Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org