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We love our set builders!

They just perform miracles, you know? From a blank stage to a full set, lots of hammering, painting, sawing… We’re so grateful for their hours of hard work and creativity. Here’s the set of “Vanya” getting into shape. Don’t miss it!

How great is THIS?

The producer of “Vanya” reports this great news: Hey guys, these are the two painters who spent almost all of today at AFD painting the field stone fireplace for Vanya. Isn’t it magnificent! They did an amazing job.

Huge thanks to the talented Fred Seager and Susan Fiorello.
So much goodness going into this production. Opens NEXT FRIDAY!!



Opening in two weeks!

We’re getting super excited about the wonderfulness of this one — funny and sharp, well acted and directed. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. GET YOUR TICKETS!

It’s almost here! Excited and laughing and ready and more!

by the lovely Nancy Rogier…

Arlington Friends of the Drama presents the hilarious comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike June 3–12. Performances are Friday, June 3 and June 10 at 8 PM; Saturday, June 4 and June 11 at 8 PM; and Sunday, June 5 and June 12 at 4 PM. A talk-back with the cast and production crew will follow the June 5 matinee performance.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at the AFD Theatre’s website at AFD Theatre’s box office can be reached at 781-646-5922. All phone messages are checked and returned by volunteers.

Written by the critically-acclaimed Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony Award in 2013 for Best Play. This delightful comedy of ill manners portrays middle-aged Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia, who live a quiet, mundane life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their glamorous sister Masha travels the world as a movie star.

Vanya and Sonia’s daily existence is enlivened by the aptly-named Cassandra, the cleaning lady who issues routine warnings about terrible events in their future. Just after Cassandra’s latest predictions, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boyfriend Spike in tow. So begins an unforgettable weekend that builds to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret, and racket.

Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed as “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy.”

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is being directed by Mary Fitzpatrick. The cast includes Jon Nuquist as Vanya, Jenny Gutbezahl as Sonia, Nancy Finn as Masha, and Noah Tobin as Spike. Sophia Milas plays the role of Cassandra and Nicole Williams is portraying next-door neighbor Nina.

The town of Arlington is well represented in this production. Director Mary Fitzpatrick and cast member Sophia Milas are Arlington residents. Production crew members from Arlington include Gareth Williams on set tech, Jeaneen Barletta on hair design, and Charlotte Kelley on props and set dressing.

Don’t miss it!!

Let’s put on a show!

AFD is seeking interested stage, musical directors and choreographers for suggestions on a show on their bucket list? One they would love to see come to fruition?

Should you or know of someone with a favorite play/musical please send it to Program Director Jim Grana at

At the same time include a concept of your choice along with a resume and a ball park financial idea that keeps with your concept. Should your selection be one of the final presentations chosen, you will then be invited to our Open Interviews for all directors.

Your kind response is appreciated by June 12th. All plays/musicals are being considered for our 2017/18 season.


Wonderful rehearsals, and a bit of news

When a cast and crew continue to laugh out loud at lines in a play even after weeks of rehearsals, you know something is going right…

AFD’s production of the Durang farce “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” promises to be in the words of one critic, “a zany joy!” Fast and funny, and full of allusions to Chekhov, it’s a pleasure.

As for news: while we’re sad to report that John Fogle had to step down as director, we’re delighted to welcome Mary Fitzpatrick to fill his shoes. Producer Evelyn Corsini Alcorn says, “John made many valuable contributions to the show, and he and Mary have collaborated on the transfer.”

We’re looking forward to the opening on June 3!!