Thanks to all from Valley Players

Thanks to all from Valley Players

In the News, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Napa Register, Letter to the Editor, June Alane Reif, February 14, 2018

Once again, Valley Players has had a successful run at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. We feel we cannot thank them enough for their generosity and kindness. We are also grateful to the Arts Council Napa Valley for the grant that helped us produce “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
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Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit

Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit

In the News, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Napa Valley Register Review, Dan Monez, February 7, 2018

The Napa Valley’s newest theater company has hit the mark again. Their latest production, Christopher Durang’s “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike”, just finished its opening weekend at Lincoln Theater and moves to Vallejo’s Mira Theater this week for two additional performances.

“Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” is a clever mashup parody of Anton Chekhov themes and characters. But, don’t let that scare you. You don’t need to have ever read a word of Chekhov to appreciate this hilarious Durang take on our common human frailties. That is not to say that it isn’t helpful to getting some of the jokes to at least be somewhat familiar with Chekhov’s themes. But, the program does a decent job of giving the audience a “CliffsNotes” summary of them. Continue reading “Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit”

The Crew of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Crew of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Valley Players - empowering women over 40 through the theater arts. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Live Theater Napa ValleyCarla Spindt (Co-Director) is a director, drama instructor and professional actress. She directs Shakespeare, farce and contemporary works throughout Yolo, Solano, Napa, Marin and Sonoma counties. She has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, the Alley Theatre in Houston, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre in San Francisco; TheatreWorks in Palo Alto; Aurora Theatre in Berkeley; Marin Theatre Company and numerous other professional theatre companies. She loves to laugh.

Lu Kenmonth (Co-Director, Lights and Sound Technician) is an elementary school teacher who has produced and directed four children’s musical theater productions including Disney’s Aladdin and Annie. She was actively involved for 13 years at Dreamweaver’s community theater in Napa. As a board member for Valley Players, Lu is excited to be a part of this talented cast and crew, and is especially delighted at having the chance to work side by side with her co-director Carla Spindt.

Paul Marciniak (Stage Manager) is a retired Calibration Engineer who is now spending time traveling and time at their mountain cabin with his wife, Marjean.  Paul was a founding member of the Dreamweavers Troupe and was in many of their earlier productions.  After a long hiatus from the stage he is glad to be back in theater with Valley Players and enjoys volunteering backstage for this very talented group.

Sandra Lovelace (Costume Mistress/Set Dresser) is delighted to be working with Valley Players again after last year’s performance as Kate in Anton in Show Business. In Aspen, Colorado, she studied with the Los Angeles Film Actors Guild, served as properties mistress and also had her own TV show “The Snowmass Sportsman”, which she wrote and directed. Here in California, she has served as stage manager and set dresser for Dreamweavers Theatre. Sandra hopes you enjoy the show!

Why Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike?

Why Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike?

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Obviously, when we look for plays to produce, we concentrate on those that provide good roles for women over 40. We also look for plays that will fill the air with thoughts, humor and sincerity. Most importantly, we want something that is accessible and will engage all audiences.

So, let’s see how Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike stacks up to our checklist.
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The Cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Paul Cotten (Vanya) is honored to take part in this production with Valley Players. Paul last appeared as The Man in Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild at the Berkeley Waterfront Playhouse in 2017. He won the Daily Republic’s 2015 Arty Award for Best Actor as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and the 2014 Arty for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest. Paul has appeared as Macbeth with the Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, “M” in Cock and Allen in God of Carnage with On the Fringe Theater. Paul was trained at ACT and Bay Area Theater Sports in San Francisco.
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Christopher Durang

The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and Valley Players present Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang for three performances on February 1, 2 and 3 at 7pm at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. The troupe then takes the show to Vallejo for three performances on February 9 and 10 at 7pm and February 11 at 2 pm at the Mira Theatre.

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New Audition Dates for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

New Audition Dates for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Auditions for Valley Players’ production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang will be held on Thursday, November 16 and Monday, November 20 at 6:30 pm on stage at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville.  Directed by Carla Spindt, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will play the first weekend in February, 2018 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater.
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Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep

Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep

In the News, The Lover at Bay Area Stage Theater
The Daily Republic Review, Tony Wade, September 8, 2017

VALLEJO — I’m always excited when a new theater company springs forth on the local scene. I’ve had the good fortune to see a few, including On the Fringe, The Left Hand Theatre Co. and once fledgling, now veteran Bay Area Stage.

Valley Players is a brand spankin’ new company that has as its mission “empowering women over 40 through the theater arts.”

What impressed me the most about Valley Players’ production of “The Lover,” presented at Bay Area Stage’s Broadway Theatre in Vallejo, was how polished and well-presented the production was. They had a three-day run in Napa this year, but it came across more like they had performed it for at least three months. Kudos to director Debbie Baumann. Continue reading “Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep”