However, with the support of people such as
Stone Bridge Players will present its initial production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" from
"I called upon known actors and some former Pitt students to approach this project," Eatman said.
"I needed six specific characters to be part of this zany offering from
When Eatman first saw "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" on
In 2013, it won the Tony Award for Best Play, and
"It's a pleasure to produce it in
"Audiences are inevitably captivated by the sheer surprise inherent in Durang's work."
The comedy follows the story of three siblings, Vanya, Sonia and Masha.
Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home in
A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors are swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape.
"This one turns corners abruptly and collides with love, art and family, including a generous dollop of sibling rivalry," Eatman said.
"Durang cooks with laughing gas to concoct six charming characters."
The cast includes
Also featured are
Some of the show's elements were derived from the works of Anton Chekhov, including several of the characters' names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home.
"It may be a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes, but that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov," Eatman said.
Eatman also credits Ward for helping launch this production.
"He also was at Pitt even longer than I was, and he is very interested in community theater," Eatman said.
Eatman's biggest challenge is working with the time constraints of cast members. He fully realizes each cast member has a life and responsibilities, but they are finding time to make the play a reality.
"We are all working for love of theater," Eatman said.
"Ideally, we would like to be together three times a week for rehearsals, but in reality, that's not always possible. So, I work individually with the actors when necessary."
Eatman, who directed 91 plays at Pitt-
"Comedy is harder than drama," Eatman said.
"I love musical theater and have done 50 of them, but comedy requires people to listen intently to get every word."
He also said that the actors must be at the top of their games for each performance because they are required to give the illusion that "this is the first time these things have happened."
"At any moment, something could go wrong, but that's part of the beauty of live theater," he said.
Advance tickets may be purchased through ShowClix at www.floodcitymusic.com and at the
JAHA is seeking sponsors for the play.
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Proceeds benefit the
What: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
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