Philadelphia Theatre Company to Present VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, 3/21-4/20

Grace Gonglewski (Masha) returns to PTC where she last appeared in the Barrymore Award-winning production of The Laramie Project. The recipient of several other Barrymore Awards, including the first F. Otto Haas Award, she has worked at every major theater in Philadelphia over the last twenty years, including nine seasons at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and 25 productions at Arden Theatre Company.

Deidre Madigan (Sonia) recently performed on Broadway in Pam McKinnon's Tony Award-winning revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and has also appeared Off-Broadway in Barbra's Wedding, Major Crimes, and Jigsaws. Regionally she has appeared at Pittsburgh Public Theatre in back-to-back leading roles in Much Ado About Nothing and Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation.

Kianne Muschett (Cassandra) appeared as Oya in In the Red and Brown Water at The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and ALLIANCE THEATRE. She has also been featured in productions at Playwrights Horizons and Theatre Memphis, and co-starred on television in House of Cards.

Clare O'Malley (Nina) comes to Philadelphia following leading roles at Dublin's Gate and Abbey Theatres and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Regionally she has appeared at Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon and Inis Nua Theatre.

Alec Shaw (Spike) makes his PTC debut with this production. He has appeared in Rocky Horror Picture Show, Elephant's Graveyard, The Little Dog Laughed, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Rabbit Hole, all at Trustus Theatre, as well as in several productions at University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned a BFA in Acting.

Kraig Swartz (Vanya) returns to PTC where he earnEd Barrymore Awards for his performances in Take Me Out (PTC, 2005) and Fully Committed (PTC, 2002). He has also received a Drama Desk nomination for So Help Me God, a Detroit Free Press Award for Broadway Bound, two Carbonell Award nominations for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Bent, and a Jeff Award nomination for Til the Fat Lady Sings. He has appeared in several productions at Guthrie Theatre, Chicago's Victory Gardens, Kennedy Center, Peterborough Players, and Asolo Theatre.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike brings together a creative team of PTC designers favorites - Set Designer David Gordon (The Outgoing Tide, Gross Indecency and Dinner with Friends); Costume Designer Richard St. Clair (Venus in Fur, world premiere of PTC's Golden Age and winner of two Barrymore Awards); Sound Designer Bart Fasbender (4,000 Miles, reasons to be pretty and The Outgoing Tide); and original music by Rob Maggio (The Outgoing Tide, M. Butterfly and Third). Lighting Designer Dennis Parichy recently designed Ghosts at People's Light & Theatre Company where he is a resident artist following a long and award-winning history in American theater, including New York, most memorably at the legendary Circle Rep.

PTC's mainstage season concludes with A Boy and His Soul, written and performed by Philadelphia native Colman Domingo (May 23-June 22).

Founded in 1974, Philadelphia Theatre Company is a leading regional theatre company whose mission is to produce, develop and present entertaining and imaginative Contemporary Theatre focused on the American experience that both ignites the intellect and touches the soul. By developing new work through commissions, readings and workshops, PTC generates projects that have a national impact and reach broad regional audiences. Under the guidance of PTC's Executive Producing Director, Sara Garonzik, since 1982 and PTC President Priscilla M. Luce, who joined the leadership team in early April of 2013, PTC supports the work of a growing body of diverse dramatists and takes pride in being a home to many nationally recognized artists who have participated in more than 140 world and Philadelphia premieres. PTC has received 46 Barrymore Awards and 155 nominations. In October 2007, PTC opened the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, their home on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, which has helped contribute to the revitalization of Center City Philadelphia's thriving arts district.

For further information, please call 215-735-7356.

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