Full disclosure: I’m a senior, in my fourth year as a BC student, and I’m still finding my way around this campus. I’ve gotten lost in Stokes probably twice this year, I still get in the wrong lines at Eagle’s, and I have yet to nail the schedule for the Comm Ave bus.
But there’s one BC gem that I do know about, it’s the Bonn Studio Theater—that’s the blackbox, folks. It’s tucked into the back right corner of our beloved Robsham Theater, and it’s home to some brilliant student work in drama.
Enter Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the upcoming production from the Boston College Dramatics Society. The show was performed off-Broadway in 2012, and in 2013 it won a Tony Award for Best Play. The BC rendition, to be performed November 12th-15th, will be held in the comfort of the Bonn Studio Theater, and it promises to be a hit.
Middle-aged siblings Vanya (played by Michael Joseph ’18) and Sonia (Erica Fallon ’18) live together in Pennsylvania, and spend a lot of time complaining about the state of their lives—until their movie-star sister Masha (Marybeth Dull ’17) and her boyfriend Spike (Michael Quinn ’19) swoop into their home and stir old resentments in the family. Toss in sassy maid Cassandra (Jessie Shaw ’19) and aspiring actress Nina (Caitlin Ferris ’19), and it’s a recipe for a lot of laughs.
The Dramatics Society’s performances are entirely student-run, and this one will be no different. In addition to a cast of three freshmen, two sophomores, and one junior is the director, senior Maisie Laud; she’s a theater major and the founder and president of the comedy group “Ready…Set…Punchline!” The stage management team is also all students: Dom Tomanelli ’16 as scenic designer, Karalyn Hutton ’16 as costume designer, William Krom ’16 as light designer, Casey Murtagh ’17 and Maggie Snell ’16 as sound producers, Danielle Wehner ’16 as props master, Mallory Cotter ’16 as stage manager, and Alison Carvalho ’18 and JiYeon Jung ’18 as stage assistants.
I may still not know Stokes North from Stokes South, but I’ll definitely be finding my way to the Bonn Studio Theater in November—Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike promises to be a performance worth catching.