A deliriously funny play by Christopher Durany, the modern master of comedy! BISMARCK - Dakota Stage Ltd. is thrilled to bring Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike to Bismarck/Mandan! This award winning play premiered on Broadway in 2013 and has since been enjoyed across the United States and around the world. When you combine three middle-aged siblings, add an aspiring actress, a hot boy toy, and a housekeeper who loves to make dire prophecies, you get one hot mess of hilarity. Think your family is crazy? Wait until you meet Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike! Performances are March 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM. The master of comedy, Christopher Durang, is at his best with this hilarious play that centers on the reunion of the glamorous actress Masha and her middle-aged siblings at their childhood home in Bucks County, PA. While Vanya and Sonia stayed home to care for their ailing parents, Masha traveled the world. As her fame fades, so do her funds. Masha swoops in with her boy toy Spike with threats to sell the family home and sends the normally quiet house into utter upheaval. Add a maid who can predict the future and a neighbor who is a lovely (and young) aspiring actress, and everyone is quickly swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape! Six local actors are have been working since the end of January to bring this wonderful comedy to life. Three actors are brand new to our stage! We are thrilled to have Asa Fox, Annie Balster, and Zachary Sylvester Watson sharing their talents with our community. All three performed while attending college, Asa and Zachary at Bismarck State College, and Annie at the University of Mary. They join three familiar faces, Treva Slaughter, LaDonna Carpenter, and Dave Hagler have been involved with many past productions. All six have put in close to 100 hours of rehearsal, working tirelessly with director Dan Rogers and stage manager Laura Devlin. The director, Dan Rogers, is the former Professor of Theater at Bismarck State College. After retiring from higher education, he is enjoying working with local community actors creating theater he loves. According to Rogers, Vanya and Sonaia and Masha and Spike is "a zany comedy that, as Sonia says of a Dorothy Parker poem "is very witty but still makes you want to kill yourself." It is a play about a reckoning, about the gap between hope and reality. It is about our need for validation, to feel that we are of value to those around us and that our living has a purpose, a meaning." And it does this with an edge of hilarity that keeps audiences engaged and entertained. Performances of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike are March 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 PM, and March 25 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $22 for Adults and $19 for Students/Military/Seniors(62+). Tickets can be purchased online at www.dakotastageltd.com, by calling the box office at 701-258-4998, or at the theater box office before each performance. For additional information about this and other events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 701-258-4998.