Weaver to leave ‘Vanya and Sonia’

Sigourney Weaver is leaving the Chekhov-inspired play, Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” with her final show July 28.

NEW YORK — Newly crowned Tony Award winner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has gotten a new lease on life but one of its original actresses will be leaving.

Producers of Christopher Durang’s comical work that won the best play award on June 9 said it will extend for a final time until Aug. 25.

Sigourney Weaver, who plays Masha, will play her final performance July 28 and be replaced by Tony-winner Julie White.

In a recent interview, Weaver revealed she would at some point have to leave to fulfill her film obligations, including one with director David Cronenberg and James Cameron’s “Avatar 2.”

“I’m really cherishing the stage experience because it’s probably going to be a while before I come back,” she said. “And certainly I won’t be playing anyone like Masha.”

White was seen on the NBC comedy “Go On” opposite Matthew Perry and won the 2007 Tony for her performance in “The Little Dog Laughed.” She joins a cast that includes Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant.