Thursday, May 30, 2019

Open auditions for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Barn Theatre


The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 92nd Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
directed by Lauri MacMillan

WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2019, at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time.
WHERE: The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville (For directions to the theatre, please see

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play serves up family drama with comic savagery. In addition to the Tony Award, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play, Drama Desk Award for Best Play, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live out their days in an endless, bleak tableau in Bucks County, PA. All seems numbingly mundane until in sweeps hurricane Masha, their fading movie star sister with her shiny new boyfriend and a big announcement that will impact all their lives.

CAST REQUIREMENTS:  All roles are available and casting is open; newcomers are especially welcome! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact

Vanya: Male, 55-60 All Ethnicities
Lives with his adopted sister Sonia at their family home, basically resigned to the way his life has turned out. Dour but highly intelligent, dry and sardonic, he plays peacemaker between his two sisters Sonia and Masha. Actor must possess strong comedic and language skills as well as excellent timing.

Sonia: Female, 50-55 All Ethnicities
Vanya’s discontented adopted sister who longs for a life not lived. Volatile and emotional, she is full of regret and jealous of Masha’s wild and glamorous life. Actress must possess strong comedic and language skills as well as a wide emotional range. Must do a convincing impersonation of Maggie Smith.

Masha: Female, 50-55 All Ethnicities
Vanya and Sonia’s sister who became a glamorous and successful movie star. More than a bit of a diva but also charming and funny. Highly competitive and very insecure about aging and losing her allure.

Spike: Male, 20-29 All Ethnicities
Masha’s new boyfriend. An aspiring actor. Very physically fit. Must be comfortable on stage in underwear only. Self-obsessed, but can be friendly and charming. Seeking a strong comedic actor who is good at physical comedy.

Nina: Female, 17-25 All Ethnicities
A lovely, sincere, would-be young actress visiting her aunt and uncle, who live next door to Vanya and Sonia. Starstruck and just a bit naïve.

Cassandra: Any Gender, 30-55 All Ethnicities
Housekeeper and soothsayer, frequently bursts into prophecy, sounding like Greek tragedy, but always with a contemporary edge. Smart, biting wit. Must possess very strong comedic and verbal skills.

Performance Dates: September 6, 14, 20, 21 ,27 & 28 at 8pm and September 7, 8, 15, & 22 at 2pm.  Also Potential Benefit Performances September 13, 19, & 26 at 8pm

IMPORTANT: Rehearsals will begin almost immediately. Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates at your audition. The rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability.