Footlight Players Brings Tony Award-Winning Play to Charleston in January

The Footlight Players kicks off 2018 with the production of Tony Award-winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Performances are Jan. 19 to Feb. 4 at the historic Footlight Theatre, 20 Queen St.

Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home (where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress.

A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape.

Written by Christopher Durang, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the winner of 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among other awards. Durang based some of the show’s elements -- character names and the play’s setting -- on the works of Anton Chekhov, a Russian playwright and short story writer.

The play premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, in 2012. It transferred to the Broadway stage in 2013, starring Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen.

Robin Burke is directing this production for The Footlight Players. Performances are 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Jan. 20, Jan. 26, Jan. 27, Feb. 1, Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 with 3 p.m. matinees on Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for military/seniors and $20 for students. This play is not suitable for children. Order tickets online at or by calling the box office at 843-722-4487.