Meet the “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” cast: Nick Szczerba enjoys his first experience with Hartland Players

From now until opening night on Feb. 24, The Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Hartland Players’ production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Hartland Players kicks off the 2018 year with “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony award for Best Play. The hilarious blockbuster from noted playwright Christopher Durang begins Saturday, Feb. 24, and runs for four performances.

Set in Bucks County, Penn., adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, sexy, boy toy Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs. If you’ve ever had a competitive sibling, this play should resonate with you.

Nick Szczerba, who lives in Brownstown, Mich., is a software developer for the Bank of Tokyo. He started performing in his 40s, and enjoys stage time of all types, especially Improv.

Nick Szczerba as Vanya.

Here’s a closer look at Nick Szczerba:

How did you get involved with the Hartland Players and what shows have you been involved with in the past? What are some of your favorite roles from the past, either with the Hartland Players or other groups?

This is my first experience with The Hartland Players. I saw on the internet that they would be doing this show in 2018, so I contacted them about auditions. One of my favorite shows is “Proof” with The Ridgedale Players in Troy, Mich.

What do you most enjoy about doing shows with the Hartland Players?

They have a great theater space where we allowed to rehearse at as well.

What’s been your favorite part of the “Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” experience?

I’m new to the group, everyone is fun-loving.

What can audience members expect when they see the show?

They will see a Tony award-winning comedy that will make you reminisce about the past but look forward to the future. You are bound to see yourself (or one of your siblings) in these characters.

The Hartland Players’ production of “Vanya and Sonia and Mosha and Spike” takes the stage Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4 at the Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon St., Hartland, 48353. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday each weekend.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, available online at, at the Cromaine Library, or by calling (810) 632-5849.


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