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Award-Winning Comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" Ensues at the Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre

Dates: Sep. 28, 2018 - Oct. 7, 2018
Times: 8:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm depending on the day
Category: Performing Arts
Location: Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre, One University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446
Phone: 8158365500
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ROMEOVILLE— Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) kicks off its academic year of theatre with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The hilarious Broadway blockbuster from three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang opens September 28 and runs through October 7. Durang, the prolific author of comedies such as Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Baby with Bath Water and The Marriage of Bette & Boo, turns Chekhov on his head with this witty and incisive satire. In pastoral Bucks County, Vanya (played by Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago) and his adopted sister, Sonia (played by Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank) fritter their lives away in their family's farmhouse amid regret, angst, and the alarming prophecies of a kooky housekeeper, Cassandra (played by Estefania Flores of Tinley Park). Enter their sister Masha, a self-absorbed movie star (played by Kayla Marie Carson of Oak Lawn) with her prized boy toy Spike, (played by Michael Palermo of Westchester) for a surprise weekend visit. Add a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina (played by Haley Marchewka of Naperville) and the stage is set for absurd hilarity and blue heron watching. Acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang has penned a laugh-inducing play on the modern theme of sibling rivalies and sprinkled it as a loving homage to Chekhov's themes of heartbreak and hope. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be performed on September 28-30 and October 4-7 and is recommended for patrons 13 years of age and up. Evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on October 6. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information patrons can follow us on social media @pltlewisu, call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m., or check-out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville. The play is directed by Theatre Department Chairperson, Keith White of Joliet. Assistant Theatre professor and designer, Andrew Nelsen of Joliet provides the farmhouse set design, and student Eric Redmon of Yorkville is designing the lights. Resident costumer Celeste Mackey of Crest Hill, is providing her talents with wardrobe, hairstyles and makeup. Working behind the scenes are Olivia Ferrari of Peru (stage manager), Chris Pupik of Naperville (assistant stage manager), Brianna Knutsen of Plainfield (properties manager), Julia Egizio of Plainfield (light board operator), and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director. Hannah Krause of Mazon (box office manager), Katie Horn of Sturgis, MI (box office assistant), and Jamie Voustros of Chicago and Mike Nutter of LaGrange (house managers) are the front-of-house staff. Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.


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