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Photos: First Look at Orlando Shakespeare's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya is a comedy about two dysfunctional siblings and the wild weekend that unfolds when their famous sister returns with her hunky new boy toy. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE appears from now through May 1, 2016 (Opening Night is tonight, April 1) in the Goldman Theater. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE earned acclaim in its 2013 Broadway debut; awards included the Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play, the Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play, the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.

Sullen siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. Masha appears unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina-much to Masha's dismay. The weekend builds to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret, and racket. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls, and surprise romance.

Vanya features some of Orlando Shakes' favorite actors, including Philip Nolen as Vanya. Recent credits include Nicholas Nickleby and The Big Bang. The local actor/singer has also been featured at Mad Cow Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the New York and Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festivals.

Anne Hering stars as Sonia. Recent credits include Bakersfield Mist, Bad Dog, A Christmas Carol, and LES MISERABLES. Additional acting credits include Boston Marriage, The Real Thing, and The Little Prince with Orlando Theatre Project.

Orlando Shakes newcomer Carol Halstead joins the cast as Masha. Past credits include Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Broadway), The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theatre), and Walkin' Down Broadway (The Mint Theatre).

Also featured are Benjamin Boucvalt as Spike, Fredena J. Williams as Cassandra (Kiss Me, Kate), and Kathryn Milleras Nina (Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens).

Making her Orlando Shakes directing debut is Eleanor Holdridge. Past directing credits include Queens Girl in the World (2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival), Hay Fever (Olney Theatre Center), Women Beware Women (Academy for Classical Acting), and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (Theater J). Holdridge is currently the Head of the M.F.A. Directing program at The Catholic University of America.

The Orlando Shakes artistic team also includes Scenic Designer Dan Conway, Assistant to the Scenic Designer Katie Sullivan, Lighting Designer Eric T. Haugen, Costume Designer Denise R. Warner, Sound Designer Britt Sandusky, and Stage Manager Stacy Renee Norwood.

Tickets are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street).

Photo Credit: Tony Firriolo

Photos: First Look at Orlando Shakespeare's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Anne Hering (Sonia) and Carol Halstead (Masha)

Photos: First Look at Orlando Shakespeare's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Philip Nolen (Vanya) and Anne Hering (Sonia)

Photos: First Look at Orlando Shakespeare's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Kathryn Miller (Nina), Philip Nolen (Vanya), and Benjamin Boucvalt (Spike)

Photos: First Look at Orlando Shakespeare's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Anne Hering (Sonia), Carol Halstead (Masha), and Philip Nolen (Vanya)

Photos: First Look at Orlando Shakespeare's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Fredena J. Williams (Cassandra) and Philip Nolen (Vanya)


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