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In the community since 1981 — Castaways celebrates our 35th season.



 Written by Christopher Durang
Director Terri Caretti

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. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house.

Audition Dates and Requirements

Audition Dates: Thursday, November 3 from 7 to 9 pm; Saturday, November 5 from 11 am to 2 pm
*Location: Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Bldg, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Look for signs to audition room location.

Audition Requirements:
Note: This production deals with mature themes and contains adult language.
• Please be prepared to do cold readings from the script.
• As needed, Audition Form, Availability Form, Character Descriptions, and Sides from scenes will all be provided at sign in.
• Please provide a detailed list of complicated/conflicting dates regarding your attendance to rehearsals, tech, and performances on the Availability Form. (Casting decisions will be heavily based on availability.)
• No Appointments necessary. Walk-In’s are welcome.

Descriptions of characters, age ranges, and character descriptions:
VANYA – Male. Early 50’s-early 60’s. Lives with his step-sister Sonia. Both took care of their aging parents over a long time and he didn’t do much of what he’d like to have done with his life, but is resigned, more or less. Acts the peacemaker between his two sisters.
SPIKE – Male. Mid-late 20s. An aspiring actor. Masha’s new companion. Sexy, self-absorbed boy-toy. Friendly, charming, always seductive. attractive and is very well built.
SONIA – Female. Early to mid 50s. Vanya’s step-sister living with Vanya. Discontent, upset, regretful. Never had a romantic life. Volatile, and angry that her pretty sister, Masha, has had a life. Must be a very strong comedic actress with great language skills and wide emotional range. Ability to impersonate Maggie Smith essential (see her career, from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodi to Harry Potter). E.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kokLtuSdihs
MASHA – Female. 50 to 62. Vanya’s other sister. Glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world. A bit grandiose, but also charming. Has had five failed marriages and has recently taken up with a young actor, Spike. Has been paying everybody’s bills.
NINA – Female. Early to late 20s. Lovely, sincere would-be actress, visiting her aunt and uncle next door to Vanya and Sonia. Star struck and energetic in her enthusiasm. Responds to Vanya and is kind to him.
CASSANDRA – Female. 30-55. Cleaning lady and soothsayer, she often bursts into prophecy, her diction sounding like Greek tragedy mixed with contemporary thoughts and references. Her seeing the future is somewhat truthful, though not always 100% accurate. She often criticizes her employers Vanya and Sonia, but at the core wants to help them.

Questions? Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Director:

Rehearsals: Ferlazzo Building, Woodbridge.
• Rehearsals Schedules will be based on cast availability. Actors are called only when needed.
• Dates may be subject to change according to Weather, Space Availability, Etc.
• Any conflicts not listed after final production schedule has been developed is on the actor/actress to resolve; otherwise attendance is still required.
• Closed Rehearsals with Cast, Crew, and Production Staff. Guests only by invitation.

Note: Announced rehearsal dates may be subject to change. Keep checking this page and/or Facebook Vanya cast page for more specific information as the audition date approaches.

Mainstage* Performances: Jan 27 and 28; Feb 3, 4, 10, 11 and 12 at 8:00 pm.
Jan 29 and Feb 4 at 2:00 pm.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email CRT at info@castawaystheatre.org or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

*Ferlazzo Mainstage Location Map and Directions: Please see Directions under the “Productions” tab above.


This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Oliver Twist, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.


Castaways is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Bel Air Women’s Club and others to collect food donations at each performance this season for needy families and Neabsco Elementary School.  If you would like to contribute, please bring non-perishable food items to the show such as the following suggestions: Individual serving cans of Beefaroni and Mac and Cheese; Individual boxes of cold cereal; Individual cups of applesauce; Individual packs of raisins; Peanut butter to go packs; Individual serving cans of peas, corn, carrots; Individual boxed packs of non-refrigerated milk drinks.


Community Support: As with every non-profit community theater, we depend on the support of individuals, groups, and corporations.  As a donor you will help us to continue our tradition of bringing the performing arts to Prince William County.  Our Castaways Contributors are listed in our programs and on our web site for the season to acknowledge their patronage. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous are listed as Confidential Contributors. Your contribution is tax deductible. For your records our tax number is as follows: 54-1238782.  For more details look under the “Help out/Support us” tab above.

The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization affiliated with the NVTA and WATCH. Partial funding has been provided by Prince William County.
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Date published: October 24, 2016