Christopher  Durang

Christopher Durang

Playwright


Biography


Christopher Durang is a Tony Award-winning American playwright. He is known for his absurd and outrageous parodies.

Durang was born and raised in New Jersey, and attended Catholic schools through his adolescence--his Catholic upbringing and views on the Roman Catholic Church are often prevalent in his plays. He received his B.A. in English from Harvard University and his M.F.A. in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Durang quickly became one of the most successful playwrights of the 1980s, and has sustained popularity in the decades since. His work often verges on parody, dealing critically with issues of child abuse, Roman Catholicism, homosexuality, mental health, and culture. His plays have been performed Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. His wide body of work includes such popular plays as: Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie Award winner); Beyond Therapy; Baby With the Bathwater; A History of the American Film (Tony Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical); The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award); Laughing Wild; Betty's Summer Vacation (Obie Award); Miss Witherspoon (Pulitzer Prize finalist); and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play).

Durang is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame and the Dramatists Guild Council. He has received many fellowships and grants, including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, and the CBS Playwriting Fellowship. He was awarded the first Luminary Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for his work Off-Off-Broadway in 2010, and received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award in 2012.


Shows by Christopher Durang

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Synopsis

An absurdist, dark comedy, Baby with the Bathwater, starts with new parents John and Helen staring lovingly at their baby, Daisy. The scene quickly takes a turn, however, as the couple show absolutely no knowledge of how to a... read more

Betty is looking forward to spending a nice summer relaxing in a rented seaside house. Her plans quickly go awry when Betty realizes she is sharing the house with some disturbed individuals, including a possible serial killer... read more

Prudence and Bruce are two Manhattanites looking for love, stability, and sanity. On the advice of his therapist, Bruce places a personal ad in the newspaper; on the advice of her therapist, Prudence answers it. At first, it... read more

Laughing Wild shows us different perspectives of two troubled people trying to live in the chaos of New York City. Act One shows us the Woman, a disturbed individual prone to violent outbursts about people she hates like Sall... read more

Marriage. Divorce. Alcoholism. Stillbirths. Illness. Bacon. The Marriage of Bette and Boo follows the zany, turbulent, heartbreaking marriage of Bette Brennan and Boo Hudlocke. Bette and Boo marry and set about having the lar... read more

Sister Mary Ignatius has happily been teaching children about the glories of Catholicism and the perils of sin and hellfire for years at her church. She directly addresses the audience, lecturing its members on her strict bel... read more

Chekhov is alive and well in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where 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... read more

Overview

Nationality
American
Born
1/2/1949
Show Categories
Play
Genres
Dark Comedy, Farce, Comedy, Satire

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