Olympic Theatre Arts to host auditions for summer comedy

The works of Anton Chekhov get the “mash-up” treatment in an Olympic Theatre Arts summer comedy.

Auditions for OTA’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” are at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the OTA Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

This contemporary comedy, originally starring David Hyde Pierce as Vanya and Sigourney Weaver as Masha, won the Tony Award for best play in 2013. In its review of the play, USA Today said, “ … few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining the absurdity and the dangers of human folly.”

Director Jim Guthrie is looking for four women: two in their 50s to 60s, one in her 20s and one 30 years or older.

Also needed are two men, one 50 to 60, and one 20 to 30. The younger male actor must be in good shape as the character occasionally goes shirtless.

Playwright Christopher Durang is well known for “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You.” Guthrie said he has admired Durang ever since appearing in the playwright’s “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” several years ago.

“His sense of humor is like mine — a little skewed, darkish,” Guthrie said.

“But the most important thing is that Durang is just plain funny. This play is a mash-up of Chekhov, but the people don’t have to know anything about Chekhov to enjoy it.”

Candidates will read selected scenes from the play. Scripts are available for review at the theater business office, open from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The play premieres June 9 and runs for three weekends through June 25 at the OTA Center.

For more information or to schedule an alternate audition date or time, call Guthrie at 460-7564 or the OTA office at 683-7326.

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