The following excerpt is from his short play ‘dentity Crisis, a favorite at colleges, and EXCERPT FROM ‘dentity Crisis, by Christopher Durang. ‘dentity Crisis. Christopher Durang. Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Setting: A living room decorated by a fairly insane person. ‘Dentity Crisis Playwright, Christopher Durang wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up.
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While this character, John Polk Richards played affably by Adam Rowe-Johnsonquietly sips his vodka and Coke, christoher is accosted by a quintessentially quirky high-school girl named Ashbe Bridgett Vanderhoof. This piece, written when the Pulitzer Prize winner was a sophomore in college, shows her propensity for mixing tragedy and comedy in strange proportions, and adding Southern charm along the way.
Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen.
I think we’re all neurotic. The set for both productions relies on large, gray, angled panels to create a variety of backdrops. Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Morristown, he and ddntity friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday.
Equally delightful are Gregory Brumfield and Andrea Kleiner as the gender-switching couple who use various fruits to compensate for the body parts they are missing. Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver.
While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he states:. Works chrisopher Christopher Durang. Best known for Crimes of the Heartshe is often referred to as a Southern gothic writer, filling her scripts with eccentric, damaged characters with thick accents and dysfunctional families. Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for chriztopher of outrageous and often absurd comedy. More of a two-character play with a few extras than an ensemble piece, Blue is ultimately unsatisfying.
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Bizarre, outrageous and very funny, it is the story of Jane, a young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, played by a convincingly bewildered Kate Mann. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved September 6, He wrote his first play at age eight. The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening. In the episode, Durang and Weaver parodied cjristopher works of Bertolt Brecht.
He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. Of course the joke is on the audience crisie the end as Jane returns to her true identity. The second play of the evening, ‘Dentity Crisisis unmistakably the work of Christopher Durang. It is arranged and dressed to great effect by Andrea Alguire for ‘Dentity Crisiscomplete with a marvelous ballet of stagehands setting the scene dfntity a disoriented Jane in the first moments.
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Jane’s mother, Edith Fromage taken to wide-eyed, hilarious lengths by Erin S. Her mother claims to have invented cheese, her psychologist and his wife both undergo sex-change operations, and she can no longer tell her other family members apart. His Catholic grammar school cancelled class one afternoon and put on his play. Overall, this is an engaging chrixtopher and a chance to see lesser-known plays from well-known playwrights.
Retrieved November 19, This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Just as the young main characters in each play are finding out who they are, the directors and actors who bring them to life are finding their own voices. Durang played the part of The Waiter in that production. Cleverly staged and deftly executed, Daniel Millhouse’s transformations are a pleasure to watch as he portrays the randy son, stiff husband, doddering grandfather and dashing count. His plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway.
In christophfr projects Wikimedia Commons. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver. That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. His work often deals critically with issues of child abuseRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality. The New York Times. As Am I Blue? The first play on opening night was Henley’s Am I Blue? For the rest of the evening, the two desperately try to make a connection with one another since their attempts at connecting with family, friends and the opposite sex have failed.
Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific. I got into Juilliard”. The plays themselves are crisie by acclaimed playwrights Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers.
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Nonetheless, those lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something. Skip to main content.
Shannon Davis and John Cooper, a pair of acting and directing MFA candidates, direct these projects, and the roles are filled mostly by university students.