Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2016)

By Christopher Durang
Directed by Kathy Brombacher
September 9 – October 9, 2016

“Critic’s Choice – Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia” is a terrific play, and it’s getting an equally terrific staging this month at Scripps Ranch Theatre.”
– Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune.  Read the review

CRITIC’S PICK! – Kathy Brombacher directs with a magical touch…”
Larry Steckling, San Diego Reader.  Read the review

Nominated for six Tony Awards(R), “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins.

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award(R) for Best Play
Winner of the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play
Winner of the Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play
Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production
Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play

• Cast   • Production Staff  • Production / Press Photos


Adam Daniel (Spike, 9/9 – 9/25) was last seen at SRT in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. Other recent roles include Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple and Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. Adam has also appeared on Days of our Lives and such films as Phantom and Sexy Evil Genius. Some favorite San Diego theatre credits include Noises Off (Garry), Into the Woods (Wolf/Prince), The Female Odd Couple (Jesus), and here at SRT, How the Other Half Loves and Brooklyn Boy. Adam is a graduate of SDSU with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, and the British American Drama Academy (BADA) at Oxford.

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Virginia Gregg (Nina) graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Irvine with a BA in Drama. Ginny is happy to be returning to Scripps Ranch Theatre. Past shows include: Coffee, Cream and Closure with the Playwrights Project, Old Globe Theatre; The Full Monty, Death of a Salesman, Into the Woods, New Village Arts; Beau Jest, The Gift Teller, Scripps Ranch Theatre; Boeing Boeing, Parallel Lives, Oceanside Theatre Company.

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Tom Hall (Vanya) is an Associate Artist with Intrepid Theatre Company. Selected credits include: King John, All My Sons, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Intrepid); The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Fade to White (Polar Center Andree Museum – Grenna, Sweden); Terra Nova (Inukshuk Productions); Side Man (Bang! Productions at Diversionary); Hurlyburly, Song of Extinction, Back of the Throat (ION); Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); The Magic Fire, Hay Fever, Bedroom Farce (Moonlight Avo); Bloody Poetry, A Hundred Birds (6th @ Penn); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Love Negotiated (Lotus Theatre Collective); Relatively Speaking (North Coast Rep). Film: Pour Toujours avec la Moustache; ‘Til Death; We’ve All Got Problems, Johnny.

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Dana Hooley (Sonia)  SRT Credits: Blithe Spirit, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Perfect Wedding and Lettice and Lovage. Recent and Selected Stage- Heaven on Earth; La Jolla Playhouse/Sledghammer Theatre. Happy Days; Sledgehammer. Henry V and The Birthday Party (SD Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress); New Fortune Theatre. The School for Lies; North Coast Repertory Theatre. Grapes of Wrath, Glass Menagerie, Frozen (SD Critics Circle Best Actress); ion Theatre. She is a New Fortune Theatre company member and a Sledgehammer and Diversionary Theatre Associate Artist. In 2014, Dana received an Actor of the Year Award from The San Diego Critics Circle.

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Li-Anne Rowswell (Cassandra) was last seen as SHE in When it Comes by Mike Sears, a Creative Catalyst project with the Old Globe. Her roles in San Diego theatres include Mrs. McAndrews in Sons of the Prophet –Cygnet Theatre. Aunt Clara in Magic Fire-Moonlight at the Avo. Where she was also in Blithe Spirit and Hay Fever. At New Village Arts She was Widow Bassett in Summer and Smoke and in Prelude to a Kiss. You may also have seen her locally telling stories for children or adults as Aunt Li-Anne – Clever Tales that Touch the Heart.

Lafras le Roux (Spike, 9/30-10/9) is a singer/actor still relatively new to the San Diego theater scene, and is thrilled to be making his debut with SRT! Recently he played Woof in Cygnet’s staged reading of Hair, and Prince Agis in Carlsbad Playreaders’ staged reading of Triumph of Love; he also has been a ‘swing’ performer in the Lamb’s Players Theatre production of American Rhythm. Career highlights: Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde the Musical (Out of the Box Theater); Prince Ferdinand in The Tempest (PCPA); Hamlet in And When Love Speaks (PCPA); and Bobby Strong in Urinetown (FMP).

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Wendy Waddell (Masha) received her BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Wendy was most recently seen in Sunday in the Park With George at ion theatre.  Select San Diego theatre credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Meet Me in St. Louis (Welk Theatre); All My Sons, Hamlet, Richard II, King John (Intrepid Theatre); The Full Monty, Off the Ground, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts); Brave Smiles, Bunbury, Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre); Bluebonnet Court (Moxie Theatre/Diversionary Theatre); Lesson 443, A Discourse …, The Butcher of Baraboo (Moxie Theatre); The Miser, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Company (Cygnet Theatre).


Production Staff

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Kathy Brombacher (Director) is the Founder/ Artistic Director Emeritus of Moonlight Stage Productions:  she celebrates the 32 years creating a major San Diego regional musical theatre and overseeing the renovation of the City of Vista’s AVO Playhouse and the Moonlight Amphitheatre venues. Kathy received a Theatrical Trailblazer Award from the San Diego Critics’ Circle; she also has directed for The Welk Resort Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Oceanside Theatre Company and The Broadway Theatre in Vista.

Charmaine Reed (Stage Manager) was most recently Production Manager and Stage Manager for Murder at the Howard Johnson’s at SRT. Other SM Credits include; Rope the Musical (East Coast Offramp Productiontions), Amazons and Their Men and Tru (Diversionary Theatre): The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Beau Jest (Scripps Ranch Theatre): How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe Theatre); Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and Suessical The Musical (CSUSM); Fiddler on the Roof (Pacco Arts and Patio Playhouse).

Jennifer Edwards (Lighting Design) Recent designs include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Welk Theatre), Tarzan, The Musical (Moonlight Amphitheater),  Broomstick and My Manana Comes (Fountain Theatre),  Just Judy (Jackson Hole PAC),  El GRANDE Circus de Coca Cola (Skylight and Colony Theatres),  Broadway and Beyond  (Alex Theatre),  Step Up (Pasadena Playhouse), Bye Bye Birdie (East County PAC), West Side Story (Poway Center for the Arts), Into the Woods (S.D. Starlight Bowl) The Full Monty (Birch North Park Theatre),  Dreamgirls  (S.D. Lyceum) and many others. Jennifer is also a proud AEA Stage Manager since 1994.

Sue Givens (Propmaster) Sue started doing props for youth theater in 1995 and first worked with Kathy Brombacher in 1998 at Moonlight Stage Productions.  She has since added Stage Manager, crew chief, run crew and dresser to her skill set. She has worked with many companies throughout Southern California.

Robyn Boyd (Costumes) Previous credits include Urinetown for MiraCosta College, Alice in Wonderland for Moonlight Youth Theatre, and several youth theater productions and dance shows throughout San Diego County. Her work has been featured in publications, film, and on television, and has been recognized by the San Diego Costume Designers Guild and the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival.

Ted Leib (Sound Design) Credits, among others, include: Spelling Bee (Intrepid Theatre Company); One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists); Murder at the Howard Johnsons, Skin Deep,The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Heir Apparent, The Liar, Five Course Love, Out on a Limb, Sleuth, and Lettice and Lovage (SRT); Boeing, Boeing, The Boys Next Door, A Year with Frog and Toad, Lost in Yonkers, Barefoot in the Park, Jacob Marley’s Christmas (Oceanside Theatre Company). Ted also is a director (TheDark at the Top of the Stairs, Boeing, Boeing, Musical of Musicals, Bug, Bus Stop, Forever Plaid, The Twelve Plays of Christmas), lighting designer, and actor.

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Design and Set Construction) Vanya… is Bob’s sixth set design for SRT. With a BFA in Theater from Southern Oregon University, Bob has worked with many theater groups throughout the country, designing and/or building more than 150 productions. Bob also works with Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, co-teaching a Theater Design class and mentoring a Woodworking Club, in addition to designing for their musicals and plays. This spring he also will be co-directing their Middle School musical.