Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang

Directed by Paul J. Potenza

Feb. 26 – Mar. 26, 2016

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Preview Performances: Feb. 24 – 25 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $14

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This production is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Anne Lisi.

2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play!

A send-up of Chekov’s plays so hilarious on its own merit that it doesn’t even matter if you think Chekov is just the name of that Russian guy on Star Trek!

Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art … deliriously funny

New York Times
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. Old resentments flare up, and the family crisis peaks just in time for the big party.

…riotous … the show's a ton of fun even if you can't tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya… This is the kind of full-on comedy that's sadly rare on Broadway.

New York Post
(L-R) Roz Potenza and Elizabeth Fendrick in Jobsite's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. (Photo: Crawford Long.)


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‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ opens at Straz with outlandish characters, hilarious monologues – Tampa Tribune

Cast & Crew

  • Paul J. Potenza – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Production Stage Manager


  • Emily Belvo – Nina
  • Elizabeth Fendrick – Masha
  • Jamie Jones – Spike
  • Jonelle Meyer – Cassandra
  • Roz Potenza – Sonia
  • Brian Shea – Vanya


  • Patrick Barnhart – Lighting Assistant Intern
  • Tiffany Daiber – Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Ryan E. Finzelbar – Lighting Designer
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Amara Manickchand – Associate Lighting Designer
  • Brittany Reuther – Costume Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer

Patron Reviews

  • I found the performances by the entire cast to be sharp, cohesive, and funny and every bit the equal of the Tony Award winner.... The Director (Paul Potenza) should be applauded for his work with this entertaining cast. The nostalgic soliloquy given by Vania (Brian Shea) was magnificent. It nearly brought tears to my eyes. After her first appearance on stage, every time Cassandra (Jonelle Myer) appeared I laughed, even before she delivered her lines which warranted the laughter.... Anyone that likes comedic plays should DEFINITELY see this show. They won't be disappointed. – Michael T. Creaney
  • Awesome show, great job! – Meghan Fraser-Elvira
  • They are awesome! – Susan Belvo
  • Saw this last Friday; this cast - superb! Very few moments of the show I wasn't laughing hysterically or smiling. Highly recommended! – Ryan Sturm
  • A Must See - truly lots of fun and such great local talent - let's support Tampa talent! – Brenda French Trayner
  • We had a wonderful evening. – @critus
  • Such a fun night and a great show as always at the @jobsitetheater – @peas4luck
  • LOVED Vanya @BrianSheaActor and Sonia #RozPotenza and Masha @EGFendrick and Spike @ArtofJamieJones! @jobsitetheater – @Julie_in_FL
  • Great work all around @jobsitetheater tonight. Still can't decide what my favorite part was – @HoopSwoop
  • Laughed tons at @jobsitetheater latest of Vanya et al. Cannot say enough about how well Jones & Meyer made ridiculous characters fun & real! – @ladriaan
  • Delightful! Do I yourself a favor and spend an evening with this bunch. – Rose Rosen
  • Excellent performances all around. the Brian Shea meltdown and the Roz Potenza phone scene were standouts, but Jonelle and the others were beyond terrific. Go see the show...recent Tony award for best play...and deservedly so. – Hal Freedman
  • Kudos to Paul Potenza and his zannis: Brian Shea, Roz Potenza, Elizabeth Fendrick, Jamie Jones, Emily Belvo, and Jonelle Marie Meyer. Lovely (and funny) work, beautiful show. – C. David Frankel
  • Attended last Thursday performance. Good work by all. – Petrus Antonius
  • Great show - fabulous performances all the way around! – Karen Meyer Buesing
  • Loved it! Funny script handled by terrific actors and an outstanding director. – Murray Mintz
  • Absolutely loved the show. The acting was superb. – Michael Mitcham
  • What a wonderful time and a really fantastic show. – @lisah
  • Congrats to the folks over at @jobsitetheater for a fun afternoon of theatre. Some of the best work happening in Tampa. #Tampa #Theatre – @BeRyanArthur
  • Fun performances by all-runs only to Mar 20 #dontmissit – @CarlynKB
  • So hilariously funny!! – @CGorman

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