Possum Point Players to open second outdoor production May 7

Tony award-winning comedy blends angst and absurdity
May 1, 2021

The Possum Point Players’ production of the Tony award-winning comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" will be the group’s second presentation using its newly created outdoor stage. Located right in front of Possum Hall, the new stage allows comfortable and safely spaced seating for patrons and technically equipped performance space for the cast.

Written by award-winning playwright Christopher Durang, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" will run Friday to Sunday, May 7 to 9 and 14 to 16; Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22, or $20 for seniors and students, and all seats are reserved. For information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 302-856-4560.

The winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings who thrive on angst and give the audience lots of reasons to laugh. Vanya and Sonia live together after being longtime caretakers for their aging parents. Masha is an actress of a certain awkward stage of maturity, but it is her career, fading though it may be, that supports them.

The siblings are burdened with names that their professorial parents plucked from Chekhov, which might explain why they are consumed with discussing their lives and loves, and arguing over many things, including the legitimacy of calling their nine cherry trees an orchard. In the midst of dissatisfaction over who will be costumed as a dwarf for the "Sleeping Beauty” character party and whether or not boy-toy Spike should stop texting and keep his clothes on, Masha threatens to sell the house. Now, it's time for the wacky housekeeper to cast a spell.

All patrons and volunteers must wear masks when entering and moving around the facility. Free parking is directly across the street from Possum Hall; passengers can be dropped off and picked up at the theater driveway. Parking attendants will be present. Prepackaged snacks and water, sodas, beer and wine will be for sale. Patrons are reminded to check the weather and dress appropriately. Rain dates are May 23-25.

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" is being presented courtesy of Dramatists Play Service.

Possum Point Players values diversity and inclusion in casting, and in all other areas of the organization.

Possum Point Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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