UofL Theatre Arts stages Broadway blockbuster filled with laughs


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville Theatre Arts presents “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, March 1-5 in Thrust Theatre.

    The Broadway blockbuster was written by three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang and is directed by Russell Vandenbroucke, Theatre Arts professor and director of UofL’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation Program.

    In this comedy, Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow. And so begins a family reunion filled with rivalry, regret, racket and hilarity.

    The show borrows themes and characters from Anton Chekhov, but Vandenbroucke promises audience members need not be familiar with the Russian playwright’s work to enjoy the production.

    “The show is clever and witty. I think audiences will enjoy it tremendously,” he said.

    Thrust Theatre is on UofL’s Belknap Campus, 2314 S. Floyd St. All plays start at 8 p.m. with 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for faculty, alumni and seniors and $8 for UofL students. Season tickets are $50. To order tickets or for more information, call the box office at 502-852-6814 or click here.




    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.