Christopher Durang Biography

Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang

Christopher Ferdinand Durang (born January 2, 1949) is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s.

Durang was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of Patricia Elizabeth, a secretary, and architect Francis Ferdinand Durang, Jr. He grew up in Berkeley Heights.

His work often deals critically with issues of child abuse, Roman Catholic dogma and culture, and homosexuality.

His plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway.[3] His works include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Beyond Therapy, Baby With the Bathwater, The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, Titanic, A History of the American Film, The Idiots Karamazov, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, 'Dentity Crisis, The Actor's Nightmare, The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Betty's Summer Vacation, Adrift in Macao, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, Miss Witherspoon, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, and a collection of one-act parodies meant to be performed in one evening entitled Durang/Durang that includes "Mrs. Sorken", "For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls" (a parody of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams), "A Stye Of the Eye", "Nina in the Morning", "Wanda's Visit", and "Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room".

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Recent Performances of works by Christopher Durang
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls East Brunswick Community Players 5/6/2016
Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike Dover Little Theater 8/7/2015
Beyond Therapy First Avenue Playhouse 8/3/2012
Miss Witherspoon Theater Project 4/12/2012
Beyond Therapy Chatham Players 5/6/2011
The Funeral Parlor Café Theatre 7/17/2008
Miss Witherspoon First Avenue Playhouse 4/6/2007
Beyond Therapy Studio Players 1/12/2007
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You Circle Players 1/5/2007
Laughing Wild Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre 11/5/2004
Betty's Summer Vacation Theater Project 8/5/2004
The Actor's Nightmare Bergen County Players 5/16/2004
Beyond Therapy Brundage Park Playhouse 5/7/2004
For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls The Conservatory Players 2/21/2003
Desire, Desire, Desire The Conservatory Players 2/21/2003
The Actor's Nightmare The Conservatory Players 2/21/2003
Naomi In The Living Room The Conservatory Players 2/21/2003
Beyond Therapy East Brunswick Community Players 7/19/2002
Baby with the Bathwater Brundage Park Playhouse 9/14/2001
Baby with the Bathwater Cabaret Theatre 4/18/2001
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