The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced the cast for their upcoming production of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." According to Director Diana Mendel of Wellsburg, the cast includes theater veterans with credits at Brooke Hills and other area academic and community theaters.
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play, centers around siblings Vanya and Sonia, their movie star sister, Masha, and her latest boy-toy, Spike. Matters are complicated by Cassandra, a maid with psychic powers and Nina, a pretty young actress.
The play will be presented June 20-21 and 27-28 at 8 p.m. and June 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Reservations are available by calling the Playhouse at (304) 737-3344.
The roles of brother and sister Vanya and Sonia will be portrayed by real-life husband and wife, Walt and Sue-Beth Warren of Wheeling. The pair last appeared together at Brooke Hills in last summer's "The Haunting of Hill House." Both have extended acting credits with the Towngate Theatre and Ohio University Eastern's Theatre, as well as the Hope Players.
Susan L. Stepputtis of St. Clairsville, last seen at Brooke Hills in the 2012 production of "The Mousetrap," returns to the barn theater in the role of Masha, a star of stage and screen with a penchant for younger men. Stepputtis has been seen in a long list of plays presented by Ohio University Eastern, Towngate Theatre and the Hope Players.
Mason Barnhart of Wellsburg plays the fourth title character, Spike, Masha's current boy-toy. Barnhart, who has a long list of acting and technical credits, was seen most recently in Brooke Hills' season-opening production of "Crimes of the Heart. He also serves as the chief of the Playhouse's technical crew.
Connie J. Wendel of Glen Dale has been cast in the role of Cassandra, Vanya and Sonia's maid, who claims to have psychic powers. Wendel made her Playhouse debut last summer in "The Haunting of Hill House." Wendel is well-known to area audiences for roles at Ohio University Eastern and Towngate Theatre.
Sierra D. Mortimer of Weirton will portray Nina, a pretty young actress who is also an obsessed fan of Masha. Mortimer was seen at Brooke Hills most recently in the 2012 production of "Zombie Prom," but previously appeared in many Playhouse productions for young actors, including "Charlotte's Web," "Alice in Wonderland" and "bff?"
The Playhouse's next main stage production will be the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic musical comedy, "Chicago," July 11-12 and 18-19 at 8 p.m. and July 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, "Chicago" focuses on chorus girl Roxie Hart and flapper Velma Kelly, both accused of murders and both vying for the spotlight from an eager press corps. "Chicago" is the recipient of six Tony awards and six Drama Desk awards, including Best Revival of a musical from both presenters.
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