(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, continues its 2018 season with Christopher Durang’s hilarious comedy about love, life and family, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from September 12 through October 7. Durang drops a mixed bag of Chekhovian characters in contemporary Bucks County in this comic tour-de-force. Relentlessly silly and smart, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike deservedly won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
“We resume our 2018 season with Durang’s hugely entertaining play.” says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “I’m thrilled with this cast, led by MST Associate Artistic Director Mark Cirnigliaro. We are delighted to have Barbara Pitts join us, who is well-known for her work with Tectonic Theatre. She’s done a couple of 7th Inning Stretch plays with us, and she’s now playing Sonia in this remarkable play. Also in the cast are several usual suspects at MST; Annette Hammond (Circle Mirror Transformation) and Annie McAdams (Core Values and God of Carnage). And, as Vanya, this marks my first time on the MST mainstage since Scapin in 2004!”
The creative team, led by director Mark Cirnigliaro (The Net Will Appear), includes MST resident scenic designer Matthew J. Fick (The Net Will Appear, Driving Miss Daisy), MST resident costume designer Peter Fogel (Betrayal, 39 Steps), and lighting designer Elaine Wong (Circle Mirror Transformation).
Mile Square Theatre is located at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. Performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm.
Tickets available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling 201-683-7014. Tickets are $30-40 / $18 students and seniors. $15 previews on 9/12 and 9/13.
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MST Season Sponsorship: Advance Realty, Bijou Properties, Halstead Property, Ironstate, Jet.com, Kearny Bank, Little City Books, The Rockefeller Group. Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
CHRIS O’CONNOR (VANYA) Chris is Founding Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre. In 2017, he received an Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance for his leadership as Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre. As an actor, Chris has performed in such theatres as Franklin Stage Company, Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Soho Rep, The Ahmanson, Gloucester Stage, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where he originated the role of Peter in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, and recently at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Billy Elliot. Recent TV credits include Magic City and Burn Notice. He appears in the upcoming indie thriller Depraved. Chris has directed over 25 productions at MST and has directed at theatres and universities all over America, most recently at Lyric Repertory in Logan, Utah, where he directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. His recent work at Mile Square Theatre includes The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, Betrayal, Circle Mirror Transformation and the world premiere of Long Gone Daddy by Joseph Gallo. He is an Assistant Professor on the Theatre Arts faculty at Molloy College. Chris holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from Rutgers University.
BARBARA PITTS (SONIA) Barbara Pitts is co-author of Moment Work, Tectonic Theater Project’s recently released book on devising (Random House). Barb was an actor/dramaturg in the original production The Laramie Project, performing the play most recently at BAM (also Union Square Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center, Sundance Theater Lab). She also appears in the HBO film adaptation and shares an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Writing. Other Theater includes Well (with Lisa Kron, Huntington Theatre); The People’s Temple (The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep); A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche DuBois), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Triad Stage, NC); West Coast premieres of Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant, Rebecca Gilman’s Sweetest Swing in Baseball (Magic Theater); Adam Bock’s The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theater); Spain, Ted Kaczynski Killed People with Bombs (SPF Festival); Good Heif and Nice Chair (New Georges); Girl Scouts of America (NY Fringe). Screen: Anyone But Me, Forever, Person of Interest, Kidnapped, 30 Rock, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Comedy Central’s Pulp Comics.
ANNIE MCADAMS (MASHA) has worked regionally at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle (World Premiere of Smash by Jeffrey Hatcher) and at the Franklin Stage Company as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. New York City: Lydie Breeze (New York Theatre Workshop), Cruel and Barbarous Treatment (Culture Project). At Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken she appeared in Warren Leight’s Love of the Game, Lee Blessing’s Fantasy League, God of Carnage and Core Values, and she directed Ellen Margolis’s play A Little Chatter. Annie is the Education Director for Mile Square Theatre and teaches at Drew University and Hudson County Community College.
ANDREA BELLAMORE (CASSANDRA) Andrea Bellamore (Cassandra) is a New York City based actor originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a recent graduate of the Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts— BFA Acting conservatory. Her theater credits include: Julius Caesar and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), An Octoroon, A Dream Play, Five Times in One Night (Rutgers Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Stages on the Sound), Serials (The Flea Theater). She has recently joined The Flea Theater as a resident actor. Andrea is beyond excited to have the opportunity to work with Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre. She would like to thank God and her family for all their love and support.
ANNETTE HAMMOND (NINA) Annette is a New York-based actor and a company member and teaching artist at Mile Square Theatre. MST credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation, Core Values, and Princess Kim. Other recent credits: HEYDAYS (Brouhaha Theate Project), In the Middle of Nowhere and Changed (documentary theatre series created with The Omaha Theater Co); Ed & Mo (Dixon Place/Rat Queen Theatre Co); Metamorphoses (The Arsht Center), as well as numerous short films. BFA: University of Miami.
JONAH ROBINSON (SPIKE) is thrilled to make his MST debut with this incredible cast and crew! Regional: Footloose (Ren), The Three Musketeers (D’Artagnan), Fun Home (Roy, Bobby/Jeremy, etc), Sunday in the Park with George (Soldier). BFA Musical Theatre, University of Miami. Thank you, Chris! Love you SDJE & NPR! Insta: @JonahRRobinson
MARK CIRNIGLIARO (Director) NYC Credits: Comfort Women (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), Dipti Mehta's Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan ("5 Stars."—Time Out New York), Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria (Intar), Hounds of War by BIll Holland ("Must See."—Broadwayworld.com). Mile Square Theatre credits: Cyrano, Goodnight Moon, It's a Wonderful Life, The Net Will Appear, Driving Miss Daisy. Mark is the Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre and a company member of InViolet Rep. Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts MFA in Directing. Dean John I. Bettenbender Award for Artistic Excellence.