Casting Call for The Highwood Theatre’s professional production of

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”


The Highwood Theatre seeks actors (2 male, 4 female) for their upcoming professional production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang; Directed by Melissa Robinson.


Synopsis: A fresh take on the characters and themes of Anton Chekhov, Christopher Durang's comedy brings us to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where middle-aged Vanya and Sonia have spent their entire lives. When successful movie actress sister returns to their childhood home one weekend with a young, new boyfriend in tow, she unleashes chaos that threatens to uproot their comfortable lives and the roof above them.

Auditions: Wednesday, August 16 from 6:00-10:00 PM
Callbacks: Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Performances: October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

Auditions, callbacks, rehearsals and performances will take place at The Highwood Theatre – 914 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Actors will receive a set stipend.

Actors can reserve an audition slot (at 10 minute intervals) by emailing casting@thehighwoodtheatre.org with a requested audition date and desired time slot, head shot (or recent photo) and resume with relevant theatre experience. Please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologue of your choice and be prepared to cold-read selections from the script.

Character Breakdown:

VANYA, 50s, M/Caucasian, generally resigned to living an uneventful life with his adopted sister, Sonia, at the family home that’s paid for by their sister, Masha, a successful actress. Sonia and Vanya don’t work and are given to ennui like their Chekhovian namesakes but in Durang’s crazy, modern world.

SONIA, late 40s/50s, F/Caucasian, Vanya’s adopted sister who shares his lackluster existence. Her resentment, sadness, upset at lost opportunities sits much closer to the surface than does Vanya’s. Both Sonia and Vanya feel stuck, again like Chekhov’s characters, but their situations are largely of their own making. Provocations that occur during the course of the play help them break out of this.

MASHA, late 40s/50s, F/Caucasian, glamorous, successful actress. Completely self-absorbed, determined to hang onto her youth & beauty at all costs, but at her core is centered enough with a heart that lets her finally make brave, honest decisions.

SPIKE, 20s/30s, M/Any race, Studly, handsome, athletic, proud of his physique, self-absorbed and clueless about how his actions affect others but also likeable & not malicious. Masha’s lover. Prances around the stage in underwear at various points.

NINA, 20s/early 30s, F/Any race, lovely & kind, sweet & earnest, the niece of neighbors who visits the siblings, starstruck by Masha, supportive of Vanya.

CASSANDRA, F/any age/ race, cleaning lady doomed, like her Greek mythological namesake, to deliver prophecies (hilarious ones, in this case) that no one believes.

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