FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact: Lisa Joyce, 503-485-4300 ext. 20

September 25, 2015                                                                                           

Pentacle Theatre to hold open auditions for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

What:      Open auditions for winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike written by Christopher Durang.

When:     Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Where:   Pentacle Theatre lobby, located off Highway 22 at 324 52nd Ave. NW, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.

Casting:       Looking for two men and four women.

  • VANYA – Male, 50’s
  • SONIA – Female, 50’s
  • MASHA – Female, 50’s
  • SPIKE – Male, 29
  • NINA – Female, 20’s
  • CASSANDRA – Female, any age

Auditions:  Actors will read from the script, copies of which are available on loan at the Pentacle Theatre Business Office, 145 Liberty Street NE in downtown Salem for a $10 refundable deposit. Scripts must be returned to the office before Oct. 24. Call 503-485-4300 ext. 22 to arrange for pickup. Those auditioning should bring a list of scheduling conflicts for Oct. 27 through Feb. 13.

Callbacks (if needed): 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25.

Pentacle Theatre Rehearsal Studio, 145 Liberty St. NE, Salem, Oregon.

Read-through: Tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Rehearsals: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the theater’s rehearsal studio. The director will set weekend rehearsals and work sessions as needed.

Show dates: Friday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 13.

About the show: Vanya and his stepsister Sonia have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha was gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star. She suddenly returns home with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike, and announces she is selling the farmhouse. Vanya and Sonia are devastated and unsure of their future. Cassandra, the soothsayer/cleaning woman, warns of terrible things to come and uses voodoo to attempt to change Masha’s mind. The neighbor’s niece, Nina, is a star-struck, aspiring actress and her presence fuels jealousy in Masha. Hilarity ensues as they attend a costume party for an affluent neighbor, dressed as characters from Snow White. Spike continues to tease and arouse, and Vanya presents a play he has written starring Nina as a molecule.

For more information: Contact the director, Karen McCarty at 503-851-6785 or

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Pentacle Theatre is Salem’s premier community theatre, celebrating 60 years of professional-quality productions staged in an intimate setting. Pentacle Theatre encourages actors of all abilities and ethnic backgrounds to participate in its productions.