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Christopher Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Extends For Final Time

THE 2013 TONY® AWARD WINNER FOR BEST PLAY
CHRISTOPHER DURANG’S

V A N Y A    A N D    S O N I A    A N D    M A S H A    A N D    S P I K E

EXTENDS FOR FINAL TIME

MUST END ITS SMASH RUN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

TONY® AWARD-WINNER
JULIE WHITE
TO JOIN CAST FOR FINAL WEEKS

THE MOST DECORATED PLAY OF THE YEAR HAS BEEN NAMED
“BEST PLAY” BY ALL MAJOR THEATRICAL AWARDS ORGANIZATIONS:

*TONY® AWARDS*
*NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE*
*DRAMA DESK*
*DRAMA LEAGUE*
*OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE*

New York, NY (6/10/13) – Producers Joey Parnes and Larry Hirschhorn have announced that Christopher Durang’s new comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which last night won the 2013 Tony® Award for Best Play, will again extend its premiere Broadway engagement at the Golden Theatre.  With this second and final extension, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  will now end its run Sunday, August 25 (it was originally scheduled to end its run on Sunday, June 30).  The critically lauded play has swept the awards circuit this year, having now been named Best Play by every major theatrical awards organization including the aforementioned Tony® Awards, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Drama Desk, the Drama League, and the Outer Critics Circle.  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike began performances on Tuesday, March 5 and opened on Thursday, March 14.

Directed by Nicholas Martin, the production currently stars Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant, and Genevieve AngelsonMs. Weaver will play her final performance on Sunday, July 28, and Tony® Award-winner Julie White will assume the role of ‘Masha’ beginning Tuesday, July 30.

Julie White was seen on the NBC comedy “Go On” this season opposite Matthew Perry. She won the 2007 Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of The Little Dog Laughed after originating her role in the Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre (Obie Award; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations). She reprised the role in a production at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Other NY theatre credits include the Broadway production The Heidi Chronicles and Off-Broadway productions of Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park), The Understudy (Roundabout), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Fiction (Roundabout, Drama League nomination), Bad Dates (Playwrights Horizons), Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts), Barbra's Wedding (Westside Theater), Spike Heels and The Family of Mann (both at Second Stage) and three short plays for the Tribeca Theater Festival. Other theatre: Expecting Isabel, Gun Play, Bad Dates (Elliot Norton Award). Television: “Caveman”as Leslie, Grace Under Fire” as Nadine Swaboda, Six Feet Under” as Mitzi Dalton Huntley, “Damages,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Ally McBeal,” “JAG,” “Strong Medicine,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Arli$$,” The Heidi Chronicles”and “Law and Order.” Film:  Lincoln, Hello I Must Be Going, Inside Out, Killing Karma, The Astronaut Farmer, What Women Want, Michael Clayton, The Nanny Diaries Transformers 1, 2 & 3 and the upcoming Life Partners.

Riffing on some of Anton Chekov’s most time-tested themes, Christopher Durang proves in his hysterically funny and surprisingly affecting new romp, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, that whether you’re in 19th Century Russia or 21st Century Pennsylvania, the human condition never changes.  Vanya (Pierce) and Sonia (Nielsen) have never left the confines of their childhood home – a rambling farmhouse in Bucks County, PA – while having to witness the glamorous exploits of their sister, Masha (Weaver), a famous movie actress, from afar.  A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike (Magnussen), throws the normally quiet household int0 utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape.  Only one thing is certain: no one will get out of this without looking absolutely ridiculous!

The creative team features David Korins (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design), and Mark Bennett (Original Music and Sound Design).

Tickets for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike can be purchased in person at the Golden Theatre Box Office (252 West 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) or via telecharge.com/ (212) 239-6200. Tickets are priced from $60.00 to $142.00. For Group Bookings visit www.telecharge.com/groups or call Telecharge Group Sales at 800-432-7780.  A number of $37 “Rush Tickets” will be made available for each performance for patrons aged thirty-five and younger.  These tickets must be purchased day-of, in-person at the box office and are subject to availability.  Valid photo I.D. will be required, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per performance.

The performance schedule for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM, with 2:00 PM matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Please note:  there will be an added 2:00 PM matinee performance on Thursday, July 4.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was commissioned and developed by McCarter Theatre and co-produced by McCarter Theatre and Lincoln Center Theatre.  The play premiered at McCarter in September 2012 (with the current Broadway cast) before it transferred directly to Lincoln Center at the end of the McCarter run.  Both runs were sold out. 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is produced by Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat Flicker Addiss,  Catherine Adler, John O’Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie DeRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Radio Mouse Entertainment, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner, and John Johnson, in association with The McCarter Theatre Center and Lincoln Center Theater.

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