Christopher Durang Biography (1949-)

Full name, Christopher Ferdinand Durang; born January 2, 1949, in Montclair,NJ; son of Francis Ferdinand (an architect) and Patricia Elizabeth (a secretary) Durang.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, actor, director
Birth Details
January 2, 1949
Montclair, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Darryl, Better Dead Than Sorry, New Haven, CT, 1972
  • I Don't Generally Like Poetry, But Have You Read "Trees"?, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1973
  • The Life Story of Mitzi Gaynor; or, Gyp, New Haven, CT, 1973
  • Alyosha, The Idiots Karamazov, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1974
  • Bruce, Happy Birthday, Montpelier Pizz-zazz, 1974
  • Member of chorus, The Frogs, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1974
  • Student, The Possessed, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1974
  • Master of ceremonies, When Dinah Shore Ruled the Earth, Yale Cabaret, New Haven, CT, 1975
  • Das Lusitania Songspiel, Van Dam Theatre, New York City, 1976 Chelsea Theatre Center, New York City, 1979
  • George Spelvin and Aloysius Benheim, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains ItAll for You, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Young cashier, The Hotel Play, New York City, 1981
  • Wallace, The Birthday Present, Circle Repertory Theatre, New YorkCity, 1983
  • Matt, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Public/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Laughing Wild, New York City, 1987 then Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1989-1990 later Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Ubu's conscience, Ubu Roi, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • (As Chris Durang) Chris Durang and Dawne (cabaret), Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1990 also produced at Caroline's Comedy Club, the Bay Street Theatre, Williamstown Cabaret, and the Triad Club.
  • Putting It Together, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1993
  • Congressman Wilkins, Call Me Madam, City Center Theatre, New YorkCity, 1995
  • Christopher Durang Explains It All, 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, 2000
  • Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (benefit performance),Haft Auditorium, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, 2001
  • Also appeared as Rothbart the troll in a children's musical.
  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • 'dentity Crisis, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1978
  • And the Air Didn't Answer, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1989
  • Naomi in the Living Room, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City,1991
  • Film Appearances
  • Priest, Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys), TriStar, 1985
  • Davis, The Secret of My Success (also known as The Secret of MySucce$s), Universal, 1987
  • YMCA clerk, Mr. North, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1988
  • "Jesus freak," Penn and Teller Get Killed (also known as Dead Funny), Warner Bros., 1989
  • Ambulance attendant, In the Spirit, Castle Hill, 1990
  • Convention speaker, A Shock to the System, Corsair Pictures, 1990
  • Mr. Liddle, The Butcher's Wife, Paramount, 1991
  • Reverend Lipton, Housesitter, Universal, 1992
  • Santa, Life with Mikey (also known as Give Me a Break), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Waiter, The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994
  • Boss Clergy, Joe's Apartment, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Himself, Women in Black, 1999
  • Gene O'Reilly, Simply Irresistible (also known as Einfach unwiderstehlich), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Paranoid man, The Out-of-Towners, Paramount, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Reverend Thornhill, Kristin, NBC, 2001
  • Specials
  • Laughing psychiatrist, Steven Wright in the Appointments of Dennis Jennings (also known as The Appointments of Dennis Jennings), HBO, 1989
  • Episodic
  • "Words on Fire," Alive TV (also known as Alive from Off Center), PBS, 1985
  • "The Visit," Trying Times, PBS, 1987
  • Dolores's husband, "Mute Witness to Murder," Tales from the Crypt,HBO, 1990
  • Voice of Rudy, "The Impossible Dream," Frasier, NBC, 1996
  • Sebastian Melmoth, "The Seal Who Came to Dinner," Frasier, NBC, 1998
  • "Gale Gets a Life," LateLine, ABC, 1998
  • Expert, "Svadharma," LateLine, ABC, 1999
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Robert, produced in Cambridge, MA, 1971 as 'dentity Crisis,Yale Repertory Theatre, 1978 published in collections of his work.
  • The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, produced in Northampton, MA, 1971 then Wonder Horse Theatre, New York City, 1979 published by Dramatists Play Service (New York City), 1979
  • (And lyricist) Better Dead Than Sorry (music by Jack Feldman), produced in New Haven, CT, 1972 then New York City, 1973
  • (With Albert Innaurato) I Don't Generally Like Poetry, But Have You Read "Trees"?, produced in New Haven, CT, 1972 then Manhattan Theatre Club,1973
  • (With Albert Innaurato) The Life Story of Mitzi Gaynor; or, Gyp, produced in New Haven, CT, 1973
  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo, produced at Yale Repertory Theatre,1973 revised version, New York City, 1979 later Los Angeles Theatre Center,Los Angeles, 1989-1990 also produced at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 2000 then Public/Newman Theatre, 1985 published by Dramatists Play Service, 1985
  • (With Albert Innaurato; and lyricist) The Idiots Karamazov (musicby Jack Feldman), produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, 1974 later at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1999-2000 published by Dramatists PlayService, 1981
  • Titanic, produced in New Haven, CT, 1974 then Van Dam Theatre, 1976 published by Dramatists Play Service, 1983
  • Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes, produced in New Haven, CT, 1975published in collections of his work.
  • (With Wendy Wasserstein) When Dinah Shore Ruled the Earth, produced at Yale Cabaret, New Haven, CT, 1975
  • A History of the American Film (music by Mel Marvin), produced atEugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Hartford, CT, 1976 then American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1978 published by Avon (New York City), 1978
  • The Vietnamization of New Jersey, produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, 1976 then New York City, 1978 published by Dramatists Play Service, 1978
  • (With Sigourney Weaver) Das Lusitania Songspiel (music by Jack Gaughan and Mel Marvin), produced at Van Dam Theatre, 1976 Chelsea Theatre Center, 1979
  • Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, produced at EnsembleStudio Theatre, 1979 then Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1981 later WestsideArts Theatre, New York City, 1982 published by Dramatists Play Service, 1980published with The Actor's Nightmare, Dramatists Play Service, 1982 also published in various collections of his work.
  • The Actor's Nightmare, produced at Playwrights' Horizons Theatre,1981 then Westside Arts Theatre, 1982 produced with Melissa Cantrell's Conversations as Act 1 (Squared), Fremont Centre Theatre, Pasadena, CA, 2000 published with Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Dramatists Play Service, 1982 also published in various collections of his work.
  • Beyond Therapy, produced at Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1981 then Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1982 later Gate at the LatchmereTheatre, London, 1983 also at St. Stephen's Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1999-2000 then the Bank Street Theatre, New York City, 2000 and published by Doubleday (New York City), 1981 also published in other collections of his work.
  • Baby with the Bathwater, produced in New York City, 1983 AmericanRepertory Theatre, 1983-1984 then Colchester, England, 1984 and London, 1991published by Dramatists Play Service, 1984 and with Laughing Wild, Grove (New York City), 1989
  • Sloth, in Faustus in Hell, produced in Princeton, NJ, 1985
  • Laughing Wild, produced in New York City, 1987 then London, 1988 published with Baby with the Bathwater, Grove, 1989
  • Cardinal O'Connor and Woman Stand-Up, in Urban Blight (musical revue; based on an idea by John Tillinger; music by David Shire; lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.), produced in New York City, 1988
  • (As Chris Durang) Chris Durang and Dawne (cabaret), produced at Criterion Theatre, 1990 also produced at Caroline's Comedy Club, the Bay StreetTheatre, Williamstown Cabaret, and the Triad Club.
  • Naomi in the Living Room, produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1991
  • Media Amok, produced in Boston, MA, 1992
  • Putting It Together, produced at City Center Theatre, New York City, then Manhattan Theatre Club, both 1993
  • Shaken Not Stirred, produced at Fountainhead Theatre, Los Angeles,1993
  • Durang, Durang (sixteen short plays; includes For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Stye in the Eye), produced at City Center Stage 2, then Manhattan Theatre Club, both 1994
  • Sex and Longing, produced at Cort Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Betty's Summer Vacation, produced at Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1999 then Studio Theatre, Washington, DC, 2000 later produced at the StagesRepertory Theatre, Houston, TX, 2001 published by Grove, 1999
  • (With Luke J. Taylor) The Actor's Nightmare and Writer's Block, produced by Barrington Stage Company, Consolati Performing Arts Center, Sheffield, MA, 2000
  • Durang by the Dozen: No Guns, No Sofas (twelve one-act plays; includes Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room, Canker Sores and OtherDistractions, Entertaining Mr. Helms, Funeral Parlor, The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From, Joan and MaryDoe, Kitty the Waitress, Mrs. Sorken, 1-900-Desperate, Woman Stand-Up, and [with Wendy Wasserstein] Medea), produced at Pantheon Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Durang vs. Ives (consists of Durang's plays For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls and A Stye of the Eye and David Ives's Foreplay,or: The Art of the Fugue and The Philadelphia), produced at Blue Heron Arts Center, New York City, 2000
  • Sturm und Durang (one-act plays; includes The Actor's Nightmare, Desire, Desire, Desire, A Stye of the Eye, and [with Wendy Wasserstein] Medea), produced at Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, CA, 2000
  • Summer Durang ... Some Are Not (ten short plays; includes D.M.V. Tyrant, Nina in the Morning, One Minute Play, Phyllisand Xenophia, and Women in a Playground), produced at Northwest Actors Studio, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Wanda's Visit, in Relationship Analysis 101: Sex, Marriage, andRoadkill, produced at Blue Heron Arts Center, New York City, 2001
  • Play Collections
  • The Nature and Purpose of the Universe; Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes; 'dentity Crisis: Three Short Plays, Dramatists Play Service, 1979
  • Christopher Durang Explains It All for You (contains The Actor's Nightmare, Beyond Therapy, 'dentity Crisis, The Natureand Purpose of the Universe, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All forYou, and Titanic), Avon, 1983
  • Collected Works, Smith & Kraus, 1995
  • Twenty-Seven Short Plays, Smith & Kraus (Lyme, NH), 1995
  • Complete Full-Length Plays, Smith & Kraus, 1996
  • Work represented in anthologies, including Plays from Contemporary American Theatre, 1988.
  • Screenplays
  • (With Robert Altman) Beyond Therapy (based on Durang's play of thesame name), New World, 1987
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • Sister Mary Explains It All (based on his play Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You), Showtime, 2001
  • Writer for The Carol Burnett Special.
  • Episodic
  • Comedy Zone, CBS, 1984
  • "The Visit," Trying Times, PBS, 1987

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • American Drama, spring, 1992, pp. 26-41
    • American Theatre, December, 1999, p. 37
    • Horizon, March, 1978
    • Nation, April 15, 1978
    • New Republic, April 22, 1978
    • Newsweek, April 10, 1978
    • New York, April 17, 1978 January 19, 1981
    • New York Daily News, March 31, 1978
    • New Yorker, May 24, 1976 April 10, 1978 January 19, 1981
    • New York Post, March 31, 1978
    • New York Times, November 11, 1974 February 13, 1977 March 17, 1977March 31, 1977 May 11, 1977 August 21, 1977 June 23, 1978 December 27, 1978February 24, 1979 December 21, 1979 February 8, 1980 August 6, 1980 January 6, 1981 October 22, 1981
    • Time, May 23, 1977

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