Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Playwright Christopher Durang stars in role he wrote for ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Bucks County Playhouse

Playwright Christopher Durang (Photo: Susan Johann)

Playwright Christopher Durang (Photo: Susan Johann)

Playwright Christopher Durang, who won his first Tony Award in 2013 for his Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is making his debut in the role of Vanya at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope. The production runs until Aug. 10.

The cast of the play, which is set in Bucks County, features Durang (in the role performed on Broadway by David Hyde Pierce), and Marilu Henner, best known for the long-running TV series Taxi. In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Henner plays a B-movie star, and Durang portrays her long-suffering brother.

The production is directed by Sheryl Kaller, director of Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons at Bucks County Playhouse.

An accomplished writer and actor, Durang is not the first playwright to perform in his own work at Bucks County Playhouse — he follows in the footsteps of Thornton Wilder, who made his acting debut in his landmark play Our Town 75 years ago when the Bucks County Playhouse first opened.

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