VP 2016 Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike

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Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike ran September 16 – 25, 2016

Synopsis
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

  • by Christopher Durang
  • Directed by: Jeffrey J. Albright
  • Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

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The Cast

Vanya
John Duvall
Sonia
Anne Cross
Cassandra
Alison Koch
Masha
Cindy Bilby
Spike
Eric Huffman
Nina
Natalie R. Bostelman

The Crew

Director:
Jeffrey J. Albright
Producer:
Patrick Drummond
Stage Manager:
Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
Jake Gordy
Lighting Crew:
Laura Crawford & Jason Neymeiyer
Sound Designer:
Derek Hansen
Sound Crew:
Jessica Homer & Jason Neymeiyer
Props Gatherer:
Jeffrey J. Albright & Chris Jagodzinski
Costume Design:
Chris Jagodzinski & Kate Juhasz
Dresser:
Kate Juhasz
Back Stage Crew:
Jenni Ellison
Set Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Builder:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Painters:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Dressers:
Chris Jagodzinski
House Manager:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Marie Adkins, Carol Ann Allen, Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Deb Brescol, Janet Butterfield, Evan James Copeland, Connie Darling, Nancy de la Garza, Richard & Lilianne Dockett, Pam Engle, Beth Harp, Darlene Hatfield, Helene Kilcourse, Marilyn Kline, Debbie Krieger, Garry & Marcia Kudlinski, Denise McHue, Jean Mills, Ruth Moeller, Jason Neymeiyer, Sam & Darlene Partin, Rick & Jane Bihn Perse, Gary Peters, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamara Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Lydia Schafer, Vickie Serr, Cheryl Shinover, Harry Shulman, Suzette Skowronski, Bob & Marian Smith, Paul Soska, Dr. Rick Szczygielski, Diana West, & Laura Zelenka
Publicity:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program:
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski

Special Thanks
Kate Argow
Kevin Charles Hair Artistry & Salon
Scott Dibling
Trinity Episcopal Church


The Biographies

The Director

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Jeffrey J. Albright (Director) is a founding member of Actors Collaborative Toledo (ACT). He recently directed An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein for ACT and will be directing their upcoming production of Bauer at the Toledo Museum of Art. His previous directing credits at The Village Players include last season’s The Birds and The Woodsman. He has also directed and performed at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Many thanks to my cast for their trust, patience and abundant kindness!

The Stage Manager

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Debbie Marinik (Stage Manager) is very happy to work alongside director Jeffrey Albright as stage manager of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. A Village Players veteran, Debbie has been spending a lot of time lately stage managing and running lights for many productions. Debbie is also a member of the board of directors, as well as the season selection committee.

The Cast

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John Duvall (Vanya) is thrilled to be back on The Village Players stage. Previous roles for John at The Village include Nat in The Birds, and Reggie in Quartet. He was last seen as Hosanna in Hosanna, produced by Actors Collaborative Toledo. John is very proud to be the President and founding member of ACT, with two of his favorite people on the planet—Jeff Albright and Barbara Barkan. “It’s very exciting to be involved in the Toledo theatre scene right now—it’s a vibrant thriving community.”
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Anne Cross (Sonia) was an actor and theatre technician in her former life. Recently she has begun to venture back onstage through readings such as The Rep’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, in which she played Sigmund Freud, and Wonder of the World with Actor’s Collaborative Toledo, in which she played a host of odd women, including a pilot with a fear of heights. She had a special opportunity during Oregon Community Theatre’s spring production of The Miracle Worker, when she played the servant to her 11-year-old daughter Zoe’s Helen Keller. In real life, Anne is a first grade teacher. Best job in the world.
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Alison Koch (Cassandra) This is Alison’s 2nd production with The Village Players Theatre. Last year, she appeared in The Lion in Winter as Alais. Previous shows include The 39 Steps as Annabella/Pamela/Margaret (Valentine Theatre) and Tartuffe as Mariane (Toledo Rep). In Dayton, she performed in The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta (Zoot Theatre Company). A California native, she has performed in several plays and musicals throughout the Bay Area. Favorites include Myrtle Mae in Harvey, June in Gypsy, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel. Alison has a B.A in Theatre Arts from University of the Pacific. She is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education Technology. Special thank you to her fiancé, Eric Starr, for his unconditional love and support.
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Cindy Bilby (Masha) is thrilled to return to The Village stage after last season’s The Heiress in which she played Aunt Penniman. She has been seen on area stages every season since 2004, when she returned to theater after a twelve-year hiatus to finish law school and further her questionable career in county government. Favorite roles at The Rep include Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. Cindy has dabbled in a few musicals (perhaps mistakenly), playing Ginger in Gilligan’s Island: the Musical at the State Theatre in Sandusky and Diana in Next to Normal at Harlequins. In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, fart jokes and she is single-handedly attempting to revive the lost art of mooning.
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Eric Huffman (Spike) enjoys procrastination. This is Eric’s first show with a community theatre. His previous performances were through the Lourdes Drama Society, a.k.a. Tree City Playhouse. His credits include Senator Savage in The Curious Savage, as well as several characters spanning three years of the drama society’s A Festival of One Acts. Eric enjoys being a typical millennial. He plays videogames, reads comics and some “real books,” drinks cheap beer, binges on Netflix, and enjoys many hours with his face glued to his phone. “Thank you to all who have supported me and encouraged me on this exciting adventure! It’s been so much fun!”
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Natalie R. Bostelman (Nina) is excited to return to The Village Players stage. Recent credits include the staged reading of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (Maryamma) through the Toledo Rep’s Edgy Reading Series and MOMologues 2: Off to School (Tricia) at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Natalie is a pop culture junkie who is obsessed with Star Wars, The Golden Girls, knows a lot about nothing, and enjoys squeezing her torbie kittens; Finn and Poe. She is a proud native Toledoan who grew up just a few blocks from the University of Toledo’s main campus. Natalie is currently serving a two-year term on The University of Toledo’s National Alumni Association Board of Trustees.