Kecia A. Campbell (Cassandra) is honored to be a part of the talented cast and crew of VSMS. Appearances include Mrs. Soames in Our Town (Annapolis Shakespeare Company); Amma in Bhavi the Avenger (Convergence Theater); Nurse in Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age (Unexpected Stage Company); Mrs. Muller (Doubt) and Berta in Hedda Gabler (Quotidian Theatre); Gloria/Sis. Glenna in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Forum Theatre); Mrs. Fezziwig/Older Belle in A Christmas Carol, Nurse in school tour of Romeo and Juliet and Hostess in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company); Nurse O’Neil in The Sunshine Boys (Keegan Theater); and Mrs. Mi Tzu, The Good Woman of Setzuan (Theatre Lab).Training: Theater Lab, Shakespeare Theater Company, and Everyman; Private Coaching: Vera Katz.

Amber James (Nina)
is thrilled to be making her Highwood debut working with such a hilarious and supportive cast! DC Area: As You Like It (Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks), Our Town (Annapolis Shakespeare Company) REGIONAL:Sense and Sensibility (Utah Shakespeare Festival), The Greenshow (Utah Shakespeare Festival), The Foreigner (Neil Simon Festival), I'm Not Rappaport (Neil Simon Festival) OTHER: You Can't Take It with You, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, An Ideal Husband, A Christmas Carol: On the Air, Romeo and Juliet EDUCATION: B.F.A. in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University.

Margaret Condon (Sonia) is delighted to make her debut at Highwood Theater.  She appeared in several Maryland area theaters, most recently as Moderator in Gabriel Davis’ Quiche Isn’t Sexy, for The Colonial Players’, La Poncia in Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, for Fells Point Corner Theatre, and Annette Raleigh in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, for Spotlighters Theatre. She also works as speech and language therapist for Howard County Schools. Margaret thanks Melissa Robinson for being a great director and her husband Bill for his unending support.

Thomas Shuman (Spike) is delighted to make his Highwood Theatre debut! Recent credits include John Bellew in Passing: A Stage Play at DC Fringe and OK Cupid Gerry in SourceFest's 10-Minute Play Festival.  He is a recent graduate of Georgetown University and has a degree in Government, Theater and Performance Studies, and Arabic. He will also be appearing in Brave Spirits Theatre's production of Coriolanus early next year.  Enjoy the show!

Rachel Varley (Masha) is thrilled to be making her Highwood Theatre debut with this wonderful cast and production team. Her previous highlights include Girl type in Neighborhood 3, Bombalurina in Cats, April in Company, Molly in The Mousetrap, and Jackie-o in The House of Yes. Recently she completed a fellowship program with Baltimore Center Stage where she worked as a teacher, dramaturg, playwright and actor. Currently she is pursuing MFA auditions for interdisciplinary acting programs while enjoying life in Baltimore with her partner and sweet tabby cat Alfie. A special thank you to Melissa for her vision and dedication and to Joshua for his endless support and love. 

Richard Fiske (Vanya) is a former Navy deep sea diver who stumbled into theater and never quite found his way out.  He is honored to debut at Highwood as Vanya with such a splendid director, cast and crew, and grateful to his wife Helen for encouraging him to play.  Productions include To Kill a Mockingbird (Little Theatre of Alexandria), Fool for Love (Port City Playhouse), Freud’s Last Session (Theater J, understudy), Look Homeward Angel (Compass Rose Theater), The Rocky Horror Show (LTA), other roles around Washington and Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny Court Marshal - but that was in another country long ago...

Melissa B. Robinson (Director) is a journalist in her other life, most recently played a street punk, union organizer and hippie reporter in Off the Quill’s King Kirby. She is glad to be back at Highwood, where she directed Julia Starr’s The Long Way Around for the 2015 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival and appeared in `night Mother (2016) and Other Desert Cities (2015). Other acting credits include Pallas Theatre Collective (She Stoops to Conquer); Spooky Action Theatre (The Bison Beast of Dubois workshop production); and WSC Avant Bard (The Mistorical Hystery of Henry IV). Melissa studies at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and takes modern dance at Joy of Motion.

Rachel Varley

Thomas  Shuman

Margaret Condon

Directed by Melissa Robinson

Vanya: Richard Fiske
Margaret Condon
Rachel Varley
Thomas Shuman
Kecia Campbell
Amber James

​Patron (cont.)​​
​Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family

Bill and Doris Loehning
Susan Mann
Shema Mathew
Colleen Meiman
The Moorehead Family
Gena Romanow
John and Rosemary Ryan
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Wittie Law PLLC

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Duane and Paula Gibson
Jim and Sharon Lowe
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Holly Middleton
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Frank and Betsy Russomanno
The Starr Family
Kay Stevens
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Brian Taff and Susan Wilder

​Anonymous (1)
Jeff and Hilary Barker
The Brown Family
The Caplin Foundation
The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region
Joyce Dorris
Aidan Emerson
Frankel PLLC
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Jayne Letsche
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation
Richard Stroup
Pat and Bob Wittie
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice

United Way of the National Capital Region
The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Kevin Kearney
The Rome Family
Savills Studley
Wenger Corporation
Toly Yarup

Production Sponsor
The Robert N. Alfandre Foundation
The William and Karen Tell Foundation
Dave Weadon
West Wing Writers

Season Sponsor
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
Arlene Hillerson in memory of Robert Hillerson
James Kearney and Karla Letsche
Beneva Schulte and Paul Orzulak
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Originally produced on Broadway by: Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe/Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliot, 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, Shawdowcatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson in association with McCarter Theatre Center and Lincoln Center Theater
Originally commissioned and produced by McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, N.J.
Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director;
and produced by Lincoln Center Theater, New York City under the direction of André Bishop and Bernard Gersten in 2012.
“Here Comes the Sun” - Written by George Harrison - Published by Harrisongs, Ltd. (ASCAP) - Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


December 8 - 17

Richard Fiske

Kecia Campbell

Amber James 

November 10 - 12


The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Angel Soriano, Dylan Kaufman, Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Kevin Kearney, Julia Capizzi, Paulina Campbell, Olivia Shumaker, Montgomery College,

Wendy Brown, Tip Letsche, Emily Long, Marcy Ference, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Arlene Hillerson, Arnie Litman, The Atrium Building,

Jade Bartlett-Brooks, Erich Weinroth, Melissa Robinson, Hunter Simmons

A special shout out to our neighbors in the Atrium Building for their support!


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© The Highwood Theatre Inc., October 2017

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The Adelfio Family
Elizabeth Allaben and Matthew Chambers
Ellen  Barclay
Conor Cahill
Richard and Carolyn Block
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Helen Dooley and Daniel DeSimone
Wendy Dorman
Valerie and Norm Dubin
The Emerson Family
Andrew Goldman
Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Deborah Hendler and Family
Robert and Anne-Marie Hillman
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
Laura Hollister
Improbable Comedy
Bryan and Jenny Kearney
Jane Estocin and Pete Klaiber
Geoffrey Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Susanne and Richard Leach
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Alison Lutz
Laura Martin
Liz McLeod
Sarah Monnerat
Karen Moran
Mosquito Squad
Tara Nicola
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Gloria Pinza and Andy Geoghegan
Theresa Plotkin
Liz Russomanno
Lisa Schwartz
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Sean Yarup and Rebecca Stearns
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family
Andrew Zvara


Anonymous (1)
All Set Restaurant and Bar
AmazonSmile Foundation
Lee Arbetman
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Ewing Hines and Associates Insurance
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
David Glietz
Patti and Michael Goldman
Deborah and Roscoe Howard
Rosemarie Howe
Therese and Neil Intrater
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Mike and Pam Kearney

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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Director: Melissa Robinson

Stage Manager:  Hunter Simmons (12th grade)
Costume Design: Tip Letsche

Costume Assistant: Paulina Campbell
Lighting/Sound Design: Simon Ellerbe (6th grade)

Set/Props Design: Owen Gibson (9th grade), Fiona Lipczenko (5th grade), Nyahna Johnson (7th grade)
Carpenters: Jade Bartlett-Brooks, Erich Weinroth, Owen Gibson (9th grade), Amari Mbongwo (8th grade), Jonah Witte (7th grade)

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