ACTING OUT Sibling chaos erupts in Broadway comedy
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).
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?