Lincoln Center Theater to host one-night-only staged reading of ‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE’ with original cast members!

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Bartlett Sher will direct a one-night-only staged reading of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE on Tuesday 7th May 2024.

The reading will take place on the set of LCT’s upcoming production of UNCLE VANYA at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and will feature original cast members Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, David Hull, Shalita Grant, and Genevieve Angelson.

The Gala evening will support Lincoln Center Theater’s productions and education programs.

Lincoln Center Theater’s original production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE ran from October 25, 2012, through January 20, 2013, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.  Having opened to critical acclaim at LCT, the production then moved to the Golden Theatre on Broadway where it ran for 201 performances, receiving the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play as well as the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. A McCarter Theatre Center commission, the production made its world premiere at the McCarter in 2012.

In VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, master of comedy, Christopher Durang, takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up. The utterly hilarious and touching result is his play set in present-day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Vanya (David Hyde Pierce) and his stepsister Sonia (Kristine Nielsen) have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha (Sigourney Weaver) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer / cleaning woman Cassandra (Shalita Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her boy toy Spike (David Hull), and an appearance by the young and beautiful Nina (Genevieve Angelson).

Gala tickets at the $500 and $1,000 levels include a ticket to the performance at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, followed by a cocktail party at Spike’s Lounge, in David Geffen Hall.  Higher priced Gala tickets (starting at $2,500) and tables (starting at $25,000) include the performance and a post-performance seated dinner with the cast at David Geffen Hall.

A limited number of tickets to the performance only, priced at $100 and $250 (inclusive of fees), are available now at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, on telecharge.com, and at LCT.org.  In addition, a limited number of $35 seats (inclusive of fees) will be available via digital ticket lottery, which will open Tuesday, April 30.

Please visit www.LCT.org/2024gala or email events@lct.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

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