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Christopher Durang

 
Date of Birth: January 02, 1949 (73)

Birth Place: Montclair, NJ, USA

Stage Credits

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Encores! Concert, 1995
Congressman Wilkins
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Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993
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1989
Ubu's Conscience
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1987
Man
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1985
Matt
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1983
Michael (A New Approach)/ Wallace (The Birthday Present)
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1981
Aloysius Benheim/ George Spevlin [Replacement]
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1980
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1976
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World Premiere, 1974
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Photos

Felicity (Tracey Green) wakes up in the arms of stranger (Siddhartha Rajan) in Eclips Photo

Felicity (Tracey Green) wakes up in the arms of stranger (Siddhartha Rajan) in Eclipse Theatre''s production of ?Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them? by Christopher Durang, directed by S

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11/16/2019
Bruce (Nick Freed) and Charlotte (Lynne Baker) work on Bruce?s therapy in Eclipse The Photo

Bruce (Nick Freed) and Charlotte (Lynne Baker) work on Bruce?s therapy in Eclipse Theatre''s production of ?Beyond Therapy? by Christopher Durang, directed by Rachel Lambert. Running July 11 ? August 1

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07/15/2019
Prudence (Devi Reisenfeld), Bruce (Nick Freed) and Bob (Siddhartha Rajan) share an un Photo

Prudence (Devi Reisenfeld), Bruce (Nick Freed) and Bob (Siddhartha Rajan) share an uncomfortable moment together in Eclipse Theatre''s production of ?Beyond Therapy? by Christopher Durang, directed by

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07/15/2019
Bob (Siddhartha Rajan) reluctantly finds himself in therapy with Charlotte (Lynne Bak Photo

Bob (Siddhartha Rajan) reluctantly finds himself in therapy with Charlotte (Lynne Baker) in Eclipse Theatre''s production of ?Beyond Therapy? by Christopher Durang, directed by Rachel Lambert. Running

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07/15/2019
 Prudence (Devi Reisenfeld) discusses her therapy options with her therapist, Stuart  Photo

Prudence (Devi Reisenfeld) discusses her therapy options with her therapist, Stuart (Joe McCauley), in Eclipse Theatre''s production of ?Beyond Therapy? by Christopher Durang, directed by Rachel Lambe

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Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1995
Congressman Wilkins

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Ubu's Conscience

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Man

  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Matt

  [Off-Broadway]
1983
Michael (A New Approach)/ Wallace (The Birthday Present)

  [Off-Broadway]
1981
Aloysius Benheim/ George Spevlin [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1980
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1976
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World Premiere, 1974
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[Off-Broadway, 2014]
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Christopher Durang Awards and Nominations

 
- 2013 - Legend of Off Broadway Honoree Gold Star
Christopher Durang
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2013 - Best Play Gold Star
Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Play
Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Play
Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
The Lortels - 2007 - Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee Gold Star
Christopher Durang
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2006 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Christopher Durang, Miss Witherspoon
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2006 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Christopher Durang, Miss Witherspoon
 
Obie Awards - 1999 - Playwrighting Gold Star
Christopher Durang, Betty's Summer Vacation
 
Obie Awards - 1985 - Playwriting Gold Star
Christopher Durang, The Marriage of Bette and Boo
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Christopher Durang, Das Lusitania Songspiel
 
Obie Awards - 1980 - Playwriting Gold Star
Christopher Durang, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Book of a Musical
Christopher Durang, A History of the American Film

Christopher Durang News

McCarter Brings Back In-Person 2022 GALA June 4th With Live Performance From Gregory  Photo McCarter Brings Back In-Person 2022 GALA June 4th With Live Performance From Gregory Porter
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2022

McCarter Theater Center has announced that after two virtual galas during the pandemic, the highly anticipated annual tradition will return with a live 2022 event in Princeton, on Saturday, June 4th. 

Jenn Colella, Gavin Creel, Marilyn Maye & More to be Featured in Eugene O'Neill Theat Photo Jenn Colella, Gavin Creel, Marilyn Maye & More to be Featured in Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 58th Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced its 2022 summer season, which features the return of some beloved in-person public events put on pause during the virtual and hybrid seasons of 2020 and 2021. 

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Castle Craig Players Photo BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Castle Craig Players
by Sean Fallon - May 14, 2022

On Friday, May 13th, I saw a play I was previously not familiar with.  VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE was performed by the Castle Craig Players at the Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse in Meriden, CT.  This is a modern (about ten years ago) play written by controversial playwright Christopher Durang.  The genres encompassed include dark drama, dark comedy, and even a political rant.  The audience reactions throughout the show suggest that they truly enjoyed the show.  While the show certainly has comedic elements, I feel that this show can be best appreciated if audience members come to the show expecting to see what is more of a very dark and twisted drama than a comedy, as I feel that drama is the more dominant genre in this show. 

Castle Craig Players Bring Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE To Meriden Photo Castle Craig Players Bring Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE To Meriden
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 26, 2022

Christopher Durang's multi-award-winning comedy, 'VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE' romps across the Castle Craig Players' stage May 13-22, as the fourth show in the group's 29th Anniversary Season.

The Actors Conservatory Announces One Act Festival Set For This Month Photo The Actors Conservatory Announces One Act Festival Set For This Month
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

The Actors Conservatory announces its One Act Festival: Two programs of short plays featuring the graduating class of 2022 and the work of directors Beth Harper, Sarah Lucht, Chris Harder, and Andrea White.  

BWW Review: FOR WHOM THE SOUTHERN BELLE TOLLS at Tennessee Williams Threatre Company Photo BWW Review: FOR WHOM THE SOUTHERN BELLE TOLLS at Tennessee Williams Threatre Company
by Tara Bennett - Apr 5, 2022

Returning to the stage since the pandemic shutdown is one New Orleans theatre company that has been sorely missed. The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company and their current production of FOR WHOM THE SOUTHERN BELLE TOLLS is a comedic romp that will give audiences the best medicine of all.

11 Minutes Theatre Company to Present THE CHERRY ORCHARD & VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA  Photo 11 Minutes Theatre Company to Present THE CHERRY ORCHARD & VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2022

This spring, Colorado's own 11 Minutes Theatre Company will present two perfectly paired comedies in quick succession. Anton Chekhov's masterpiece The Cherry Orchard blossoms anew in April, immediately followed in May by Christopher Durang's hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Theatre East to Present the World Premiere of EDIE SAVES THE BIRDS Photo Theatre East to Present the World Premiere of EDIE SAVES THE BIRDS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2022

Theatre East has announced the world premiere of Edie Saves the Birds, a play written by Stephanie Fagan. 13-year-old Edie, daughter of a single mom, granddaughter of an ailing grandfather, wakes up each day singularly focused on one thing - saving the birds.

Little Theatre Of Manchester Announces Run Of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Photo Little Theatre Of Manchester Announces Run Of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022

Little Theatre of Manchester, one of Connecticut's oldest community theatres still in operation, announced today their upcoming production of Christopher Durang's hilarious hit comedy Sonya and Vanya and Masha and Spike, running April 1 through 16 at the National Historic Landmark Cheney Hall located at 177 Hartford Road in Manchester, CT.

Auditions Announced For Castle Craig Player's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Photo Auditions Announced For Castle Craig Player's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 2, 2022

Meriden's Castle Craig Players will hold open auditions for their upcoming production of 'VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE' by Christopher Durang, directed by Oliver Kochol.

Christopher Durang Videos

VIDEO: Laura Benanti Prepares for Cadogan Hall Show with FLOTUS VideoVIDEO: Laura Benanti Prepares for Cadogan Hall Show with FLOTUS
by Paul Smith - May 31, 2019

Tony Award Winner and current star of My Fair Lady, Laura Benanti, is hopping across the pond to perform a concert at London's Cadogan Hall. Known for her performances on Broadway in Gypsy, She Loves Me, and Meteor Shower, this concert will be her first performance in London.

VIDEO: First Look At SKYLIGHT At McCarter Theatre Center VideoVIDEO: First Look At SKYLIGHT At McCarter Theatre Center
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2019

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mahira Kakkar) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Greg Wood), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship with food and wine, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

VIDEO: Mile Square Theatre Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE VideoVIDEO: Mile Square Theatre Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Stage Tube - Sep 24, 2018

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, continues its 2018 season with Christopher Durang's hilarious comedy about love, life and family, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Durang drops a mixed bag of Chekhovian characters in contemporary Bucks County in this comic tour-de-force. Relentlessly silly and smart, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike deservedly won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

VIDEO: Carolee Carmello, Andrea Burns and More in Two River's PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: Carolee Carmello, Andrea Burns and More in Two River's PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL
by Alan Henry - Sep 18, 2018

BroadwayWorld has an inside look at Pamela's First Musical, a world premiere with a book by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel, directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele at Two River Theatre. Performances continue through Sunday, October 7 in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

VIDEO: Andrea Burns, Carolee Carmello, and the Cast of PAMELA's FIRST MUSICAL Reveal  VideoVIDEO: Andrea Burns, Carolee Carmello, and the Cast of PAMELA's FIRST MUSICAL Reveal Their First Musicals
by Alan Henry - Sep 7, 2018

More than 20 years after 'it started with a dream,' Pamela's First Musical will have its world premiere this fall at Two River Theater. The theater launches its 25th Anniversary Season with this long-awaited show, a valentine to the musical theater and a testament to its enduring power.

VIDEO: On This Day, March 14- VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Opens on Broadway VideoVIDEO: On This Day, March 14- VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Opens on Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 14, 2018

On this day in 2013, Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opened on Broadway.

STAGE TUBE: Go Backstage with the Stars of TACT's HARD LOVE Off-Broadway
by Stage Tube - Oct 6, 2015

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre presents the Off Broadway premiere of HARD LOVE, the searing 2003 play by Israeli playwright Motti Lerner. This first play of the 2015/16 season - the company's 23rd - is directed by TACT Artistic & Executive Director Scott Alan Evans, who most recently directed Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang. The show is currently playing at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues). Opening night is set for Sunday, October 11th at 6:30pm. Performances will continue through October 31, 2015. Click below to go backstage with the cast and creative team!

STAGE TUBE: See Donna McKechnie and More in Highlights from IN YOUR ARMS at The Old Globe
by TV - On the Road - Sep 25, 2015

The Old Globe opens its 2015-2016 Season with IN YOUR ARMS, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). The production opened last night, September 24, and runs through October 25, 2015. Below, watch highlights of the 10 dance vignettes, featuring Donna McKechnie and more!

STAGE TUBE: Promo for Arena Stage's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Stage Tube - Mar 19, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike runs April 3-May 3, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. Click below to watch a fun promo for the show!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Paper Mill's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Stage Tube - Jan 23, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse presents its winter comedy, Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be directed by Don Stephenson. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater, now through February 15, 2015. The official press opening night is Sunday, January 25, at 7:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!


Christopher Durang Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Christopher Durang written?
Christopher Durang has written 21 shows including Das Lusitania Songspiel (Author), Titanic (Playwright), A History of the American Film (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Playwright), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You/ The Actor's Nightmare (Playwright), Beyond Therapy (Playwright), Baby with the Bathwater (Playwright), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Playwright), Laughing Wild (Playwright), Urban Blight (Bookwriter), Durang/ Durang (Playwright), Sex and Longing (Playwright), Betty's Summer Vacation (Playwright), Adrift in Macao (Bookwriter), Miss Witherspoon (Playwright), The Marriage Of Bette And Boo (Playwright), Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Playwright), All About Me (Playwright), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Playwright), In Your Arms (Story), Pamela's First Musical (Bookwriter).

What awards has Christopher Durang been nominated for?
Legend of Off Broadway Honoree () for , Best Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee (The Lortels) , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Miss Witherspoon , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Miss Witherspoon , Playwrighting (Obie Awards) for Betty's Summer Vacation , Playwriting (Obie Awards) for The Marriage of Bette and Boo , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Das Lusitania Songspiel Playwriting (Obie Awards) for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for A History of the American Film .

What awards has Christopher Durang won?
Legend of Off Broadway Honoree () for , Best Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee (The Lortels), Playwrighting (Obie Awards) for Betty's Summer Vacation Playwriting (Obie Awards) for The Marriage of Bette and Booand Playwriting (Obie Awards) for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You.