Hartford Stage Announces Change in Line-up, Will Now Preset Tony-Award Winner VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Hartford Stage Announces Change in Line-up, Will Now Preset Tony-Award Winner VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Due to a scheduling conflict, Hartford Stage will postpone next spring's Love and Other Fables and instead present the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, according to Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak.

Durang's laugh-out-loud comedy will play the exact same dates, beginning May 22, 2014, so subscribers will not need to exchange tickets. Individual ticket buyers for Love and Other Fables will be contacted by the Hartford Stage box office with the option of either seeing Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike or receiving a full refund.

Tony Award-winning director John Rando's schedule next spring no longer permits him to direct Love and Other Fables, a project he has shepherded for two years. Hartford Stage hopes to present this new musical in a future season. Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Maxwell Williams will direct 'Vanya.'

The toast of Broadway this year, 'Vanya' also earned the New York Drama Critics' Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards, all for best play of the season. The New York Times proclaimed, "The theater erupts in booming gusts of laughter that practically shake the seats!"

With 'Vanya,' comic genius Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All to You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Betty's Summer Vacation) creates a wildly funny farce 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 turn this reunion into an outlandish blast of hilarity.

For information, visit www.hartfordstage.org or call the Hartford Stage box office at(860) 527-5151.

History of Hartford Stage
Now in our 50th Anniversary Season, Hartford Stage is one of the nation's leading resident theatres, known internationally for producing classics, provocative new plays and musicals, and neglected works from the past, as well as a distinguished education program that reaches 21,000 students annually. Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation's most distinguished awards, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award for Development of New Works, OBIE awards, two New York Critics Circle Awards, a Dramatists Guild/CBS Award and an Elliot Norton Award, and has produced nationally renowned titles, including the Broadway productions of Enchanted April and Our Country's Good and the Off-Broadway productions of The Orphans' Home Cycle and The Carpetbaggers Children.On November 17, 2013, the Hartford Stage production of A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder will open at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage's offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.

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