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We talked about this dur­ing re­hearsal, about his back­story. I fig­ured that he has prob­a­bly had some sort of re­la­tion­ships in the dis­tant past. He has come home to look af­ter his par­ents and ul­ti­mately stayed in the house af­ter they died. I don’t think there has been much go­ing on. What­ever ex­pe­ri­ences he has had are a dis­tant mem­ory.

How does Masha (played by Tess Malis Kin­caid) change their fam­ily dy­namic?

Vanya and So­nia are used to their days, which are al­ways the same. They never leave the house. Masha comes in with her Hol­ly­wood glam­our and her new boytoy and any­time she vis­its, it’s like any slightly dys­func­tional fam­ily. Things get stirred up. She is ex­cit­ing and glam­orous and the one who pays our bills. So there is prob­a­bly some ner­vous­ness. She wasn’t around to take care of the par­ents but she has pro­vided us our lives. Bring­ing (boyfriend) Spike throws a new iron in the work. It stirs up some feel­ings within Vanya that are long dor­mant. Not that he is an­tic­i­pat­ing any­thing hap­pen­ing – just the fact that there’s a young man in the house with a pro­cliv­ity for tak­ing off his clothes.

How did you and Lala Cochran click as sib­lings?

I’ve known her for a long time but never worked with her. We went to lunch a few times; I went to her house and worked on lines. It’s a very com­fort­able re­la­tion­ship.

Were you fa­mil­iar with the piece be­fore do­ing it?

I saw it in New York when it was run­ning there. Sigour­ney Weaver had al­ready left the cast but David Hyde Pierce was still in it. I had heard so much about it. In­evitably when

‘Vanya and So­nia and Masha and Spike’

Aurora Theatre 128 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville, Ge­or­gia, 30046 Oc­to­ber 1–25 www.au­ro­rathe­atre.com there is a huge build-up for some­thing, you see it and you’re a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed. Noth­ing can mea­sure up. But still I en­joyed it and said that’s a role I would like to play if any­one ever does it in At­lanta. Lo and be­hold, they did it in At­lanta. Hori­zon Theatre called me in. I was up against some ma­jor con­tenders and I was re­ally happy to get that phone call when they de­cided on me.

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