ACT­ING OUT Sib­ling chaos erupts in Broad­way com­edy

GA Voice - - 2015 Atlanta Pride Event Guide - By JIM FARMER

By JIM FARMER

The Tony award-win­ning “Vanya and So­nia and Masha and Spike” has be­come one of the most-pro­duced re­gional pro­duc­tions around. Staged ear­lier this year by Hori­zon Theatre, the lo­cal co-pro­duc­tion now trav­els across town to Aurora Theatre. Writ­ten by out play­wright Christo­pher Du­rang, it’s the story of a mid­dleaged gay brother and his sis­ter, who live to­gether, and how a visit by their Hol­ly­wood star sib­ling changes ev­ery­thing. We re­cently caught up with Bill Mur­phey, who is straight, to talk about the role of Vanya.

Ge­or­gia Voice: Tell us about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween your char­ac­ter Vanya and his sis­ter So­nia (played by Lala Cochran).

Mur­phey:

Vanya has a seden­tary life. He and So­nia are set­tled in their fam­ily home. I’ve never got the idea that he is com­pla­cent about it; that just seems to be his lot in life. He and his sis­ter are there to look af­ter each other and keep the house. Per­haps that is eas­ier than get­ting out and deal­ing with things in the real world. It’s prob­a­bly not a happy, sat­is­fy­ing ex­is­tence, but it is what they have set­tled into.

Has he had ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships along the way?

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