Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers, continues its 15th season with two pre-performance talks with actors from its two Current Productions - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Golden Boy.
Platform Series events take place in the early evening in the lobby of the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street). Admission is free and open to all; however, seating in the lobby is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only, beginning at a half hour before the talk. (Speakers and schedules are subject to change. Call 212-362-7600 to confirm on the day of the event.)
On Thursday, January 3 at 6 pm, the series continues with Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver, cast members of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.
On Thursday, January 10, at 5:30 pm, actors Seth Numrich and Tony Shalhoub discuss their roles in this 75th Anniversary production GOLDEN BOY. Please note the earlier start time.
In VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, playwright Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up; the result is his latest play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Vanya (David Hyde Pierce) and his stepsister Sonia (Kristine Nielsen) have lived their entire lives in their family's farmhouse. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha (Sigourney Weaver) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (Shalita Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike (Billy Magnussen).
GOLDEN BOY is the story of Joe Bonaparte (Seth Numrich), a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music, advocated by his father (Tony Shalhoub), and earning big money as a prize fighter.