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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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When:
November 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
2015-11-13T20:00:00-08:00
2015-11-13T22:15:00-08:00
Where:
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
USA
Cost:
Thursday: $20, Friday: $25, Saturday: $27, Sunday: $23
Contact:
Coronado Playhouse
(619) 435-4856

VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE

November 13 – December 20, 2015
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm
Sunday @2pm

Written by Christopher Durang

Directed by Thomas Fitzpatrick

Chaos ensues when middle-aged step-siblings Vanya and Sonia receive a surprise visit from their famous sister, Masha, and her boy-toy Spike. The normally quiet farmhouse is hilariously turned upside-down as they confront deep issues of sibling rivalry, regret, lust, and love. Contains strong language.

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Meet the Cast

Vanya – Philip John
Sonia – Teri Brown
Masha – Dena Mattox
Spike – Edgar Diaz-Gutierrez
Cassandra – Rachel Bishop
Nina – Kimberly Weinberger

The Playbill

The program is available here: Vanya Program.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 22, 2015
CONTACTS:

M.G. Perez-Media Coordinator (619) 261-1200
mgperez@coronadoplayhouse.com
Coronado Playhouse Box Office (619) 435-4856
boxoffice@coronadoplayhouse.com

Coronado Playhouse Presents:

The Tony Award winning comedy

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

November 13-December 20, 2015

What’s in a name? Plenty, when you come from a dysfunctional family of siblings named after some of Anton Chekhov’s most complicated characters. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the hilarious 2013 Tony Award winning comedy by Christopher Durang that tells a story of rivalry, regret, lust and love.  The setting is a weekend in the country when the middle aged Vanya and his sister, Sonia, get a surprise visit from their aging movie star sibling, Masha, and her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. Calamity ensues with a family feud that also includes a sassy soothsaying housekeeper with some resentments and voodoo practicing habits along with a young star struck want-to-be actress. New York Newsday calls Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike “one of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons.” There is strong adult language and content.

During the six-week run of performances November 13-December 20, 2015, Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, is raising money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. While Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike takes a comical look at family flaws, the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization provides children facing adversity with mentors who guide them in building healthier relationships, reaching educational success and increasing their self-confidence. Coronado Playhouse will hold a volunteer drive to recruit potential Big Brothers and Big Sisters especially targeting mentors for children of active military members stationed in Coronado. Go to www.SDBigs.org for requirements to volunteer and other ways to help. We will have an information table in the theater to learn more about supporting this established organization that for more than 50 years has promoted the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life.

Other Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike special events include:

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package, Friday, November 13th at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The catered meal is served from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

OUT Night at Coronado Playhouse for theatre lovers in the LGBT community and open to all will be Thursday, November 19th. The pre-show mixer begins at 6:30 p.m. The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine, cocktail specials and admission to the show.

Vanya Happy Hour Friday, November 27th there is more pre-show fun with food! Show tickets are $25 with a $10 added price per person for a buffet of hot and cold appetizers and drink specials from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike features an ensemble cast of six veteran comic actors and gifted newcomers. Philip John (Vanya), Teri Brown (Sonia), Dena Mattox (Masha), Rachel Bishop (Cassandra) and Kimberly Weinberger (Nina).

The production team includes Thomas Fitzpatrick (Director), Barron Henzel (Assistant Director/Scenic Design), M. G. Perez (Producer), Xavier Luevano (Lighting Design), Alex Heath (Sound Design), and Shelly Crickett (Costume Design).

For more information and to purchase tickets please contact the box office at

619-435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com.

DATES: November 13, 2015– December 20, 2015

TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.

(no performance on Thanksgiving, November 26th)

TICKETS: $20-$27 – Active Duty Military, Student and Senior discounts. Excellent group rates are available.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is made possible by Dramatists Play Service Inc. Please contact M.G. Perez for specific media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.

Reviews

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Cast Bios

Rachel Bishop

RACHEL BISHOP (Cassandra) is excited to be back at Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Gabriella in Boeing Boeing. Rachel performed with Ion Theatre at this year’s La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival. Other appearances: Brooke in Other Desert Cities (Patio Playhouse), Matilde in The Clean House (PowPac), Ginger in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (CPH), and Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie” (Pickwick Players). Rachel would like to thank Brad, family, and friends for all their constant support.

 


Teri Brown

TERI BROWN (Sonia) is making her first appearance at Coronado Playhouse. Recent local performances include: Regrets Only (Diversionary Theatre), Absurd Person Singular, Perfect Wedding and California Suite (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Sordid Lives, 9 to 5: The Musical and The Diary of Anne Frank (OnStage Playhouse). Teri serves as the Artistic Director at OnStage Playhouse.

 


Philip John

PHILIP JOHN (Vanya) is thrilled to be returning to Coronado Playhouse. He last appeared at CPH as Dr. Bradley in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Elsewhere: The Violet Hour (OnStage), The Crucible (Pickwick Players), Heaven Can Wait (Vanguard), Swimming in the Shallows (InnerMission), Duck Hunter Shoots Angel (Trinity), and Bent (Diversionary/Ion). Of late, he has been seen on PBS, breaking down on the freeway for an auto donation commercial.

 


Dena Mattox

DENA MATTOX (Masha) most recently played Sugar Lee in The Hallelujah Girls at Lamplighters Theater. Prior to that, she played Honey Raye in Dearly Beloved at the Coronado Playhouse. Dena is delighted to be on its stage once again and is enjoying working with such a talented cast, crew and director. Among her favorite past roles are Lexie in Dixie Swim Club, Jessie in Night Mother and Mrs. Kendall in The Elephant Man.

 


Kimberly Weinberger

KIMBERLY WEINBERGER (Nina) is so jazzed to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut. She is currently in her senior year at San Diego State University studying theatre arts. Recent roles include Louise in After the End at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and Marvalyn/Hope in Almost, Maine, Bailiff in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Quintus/Clown in Titus Andronicus all at SDSU. She hopes you laugh a lot and enjoy the show.

 

Creative Team

Thomas Fitzpatrick

THOMAS FITZPATRICK (Director) last directed A Year with Frog and Toad (CPH/Pickwick co-production) and made his CPH acting debut in Spamalot. He has performed at Diversionary, Lyceum, Avo Playhouse, The Broadway, SD Lyric Opera, as well as performed and directed with Pickwick, OnStage and Lamplighters. Other directing credits: Sleeping Beauty…TBLWITThe Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella and The It Girl (CPH), Zombie Prom (Pickwick), Grease (OnStage), A Taffeta Christmas (Pickwick/OnStage) and Dames at Sea (Lamplighters). Next, Tom directs Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Pickwick) and next fall’s A Chorus Line (CPH). Love to F & F!


M.G. Perez

M.G. PEREZ (Producer) is Vice President of the Coronado Playhouse Board of Directors and Media Coordinator for all productions. He also produced this season’s Aubrey award winning Avenue Q. M.G. first came to CPH as an actor playing Mayor Rufus Poindexter in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 2012. He’s also appeared in productions of Carnival!, Spamalot and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He is passionate about children with disabilities and brings theater into his classroom whenever possible as a sixth grade special education teacher at Millennial Tech Middle school.


BARRON HENZEL (Assistant Director, Set Design, Graphic Design, Program Design) co- produced Thoroughly Modern MillieDearly Beloved, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Aubrey), TBLWIT (Aubrey), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aubrey), Cinderella (Aubrey) and The IT Girl at Coronado Playhouse. He assistant directed Dames at Sea (Lamplighters). Favorite acting credits: Frog and ToadSleeping Beauty, Pageant, Much Ado, Pump Boys, Angels Among Us (Coronado Playhouse); Grease (OnStage)(Aldea Award); They’re Playing Our Song (Scripps Ranch); The Busy World is Hushed, Torch Song Trilogy, Handsome Men (Diversionary); Trolls, Miss Mcinerney’s Acquaintances (6th @ Penn); various film and commercial work. Barron is an art director and president of the board of directors at CPH.


SHELLY CRICKETT (Costume Design) recently assisted with costumes for Thoroughly Modern Millie and was co-designer for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Coronado Playhouse. Other credits include Always Patsy Cline, Grease and A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (OnStage Playhouse) and Bye Bye Birdie and Seussical Jr. (Pickwick Players). She is a kindergarten teacher and enjoys working with this amazing cast and production team. She says thank you to her family and friends who have supported her during this endeavor and to Tom and Barron for the opportunity to work with them at Coronado Playhouse, again.


ALEX HEATH (Sound Design) is a San Diego native, who has been involved in music and performance from an early age. He graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in 2009 where he was named Jazz Musician of the Year. He then went to Chico State University where he completed his degree in Recording Arts. In the past year, he has worked on sound for the Coronado Playhouse productions of SpamalotAvenue Q and designed sound for Thoroughly Modern Millie. 


XAVIER LUEVANO (Lighting Design) is back at the Playhouse after completing designs for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Boeing Boeing and Tartuffe. Recent work includes: Red (Trinity Players), 84 Charing Cross Road (Lamplighters) and Always, Patsy Cline (OnStage Playhouse). Currently, Xavier works at Steele Canyon High as a student mentor in technical theatre application and as a facility technician.


KATHY PARKS (Stage Manager) is delighted to be working with such a talented cast/crew on this brilliant show. She has worked backstage on several productions with Coronado Playhouse, and also with Pickwick Players and Trinity Theatre Company. Love to Connor and Sean Paul Boyd!


Show Events

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package, Friday, November 13th at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The catered meal is served from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

OUT Night at Coronado Playhouse for theatre lovers in the LGBT community and open to all will be Thursday, November 19th. The pre-show mixer begins at 6:30 p.m. The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine, cocktail specials and admission to the show.

Vanya Happy Hour Friday, November 27th there is more pre-show fun with food! Show tickets are $25 with a $10 added price per person for a buffet of hot and cold appetizers and drink specials from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Partnerships

Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.

Big Brother Big Sister of San Diego CountyDuring the six-week run of performances we are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County in an effort to bring much needed exposure and donations to this worthy cause.

Author: Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse, the oldest, longest-running community theatre in San Diego County, has been dedicated to providing quality entertainment to the Coronado community since 1946. The 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre, overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the beautiful Coronado Community Center. The current venue opened in 2006 with state-of-the-art equipment and a full service bar. We produce five main productions each year - with the best local talent and production teams available - which entertain, educate and enrich our patrons. In addition, we offer showcases, special events, classes and educational opportunities for students and adults to thrive in the local artistic community. We draw upon local creative and technical talent to give Coronado and San Diego residents vibrant, creative and safe training in the theatrical arts.