Meet the Actors: Masha

June 22nd, 2015

Come behind the scenes for the last week of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, and meet the actors of this dynamic, hilarious, and moving ensemble show.

Tess becoming a Disney princess backstage

Tess becoming a Disney princess backstage

On Broadway, the role of Masha was originated by Sigourney Weaver — a former classmate of  our playwright, Christopher Durang.  Described in the script as “[Vanya’s] sister, 50’s, glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world,” Masha breezes into the play with a boy toy in tow and costume party plans for all.

Meet TESS KINCAID, Atlanta’s own glamorous and successful actress back at Horizon after seven years to play our Masha…

What was one major inspiration for how you approached this role initially?  It was actually a combination of merging my perceptions of Arkadina in “The Seagull” with a not to be named 50-something movie star upon whom Durang based the role of Masha.  Fun inspirations to go with, but tricky to merge and navigate.

What trait or feeling do you share most with your character?  Insecurity.  Was that an okay answer?  Are you sure?

Without spoilers, is there a moment in the play that you struggled with initially?  Why?  It’s tricky to calibrate the cracks in her mask as she starts to let the “movie star” persona go.  But if she’s going to do that with anyone, it’s with Vanya and Sonia.

Favorite line of the week?  “Go get the paper bag for her head, would you?”

For Tickets to the final week, click HERE!