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New Players Theatre Guild (NPTG) Presents Durang Comedy

FITCHBURG, MA: New Players Theatre Guild (NPTG) announces its upcoming production of the Tony Award winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. The show is directed by Gary M. Kendall of Leominster and will be presented for six (6) performances on March 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 pm with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on March 12 & 19.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together (Vanya and Sonia), in the family home in Bucks County, PA. Trouble and hilarity ensue when Masha, the third sibling and a big Hollywood celebrity who financially supports them, unexpectedly arrives in dramatic fashion with her very current, very young, and very virile boyfriend Spike in tow. They discuss their lives and loves, and argue when Masha threatens to sell their ancestral home as a cost-saving measure setting the stage for one hilarious hot mess of a situation! Also contributing to the “mess” are a young, sweet star-struck neighbor and a clairvoyant cleaning lady!

The comedy play, which was originally a one-act play, had its world premiere in Princeton, NJ in 2012 and eventually opened on Broadway on March 14, 2013 after a sold out run at the Lincoln Center Theater.

The show was an immediate critical and commercial success and critics praised it “as a humorous adaptation of Chekov themes that doesn’t require familiarity with Chekov.” According to playwright Christoper Durang, “My play is not a Chekov parody…rather I take Chekov scenes and characters and put them into a blender!”

The original Broadway cast featured Sigourney Weaver as Masha, David Hyde Pierce as Vanya and Kristine Nielsen as Sonia and garnered 6 Tony Award nominations, eventually winning the Tony award for Best Play for the 2013 Broadway season. In addition, the show also received Best Play awards from the Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle.

The dynamic NPTG cast for this production features a mix of familiar faces and a few newcomers to the Fitchburg venue and includes: John Goodale of Princeton as Vanya, Christine Guertin of Lunenburg as Sonia, Lela Male of Leominster as Cassandra, Amanda Porter of Ashburnham as Nina, Matthew Sprague of Harvard as Spike and Lynn Vaillancourt of Townsend as Masha.

Tickets are $15.00 and are available online at www.nptg.org or by calling 978-345-6570.  Reservations are strongly recommended.

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