Date of Birth: August 14, 1963 (56)

Birth Place: Durham, NC, USA
Review - Why Torture Is Wrong And The People Who Love Them & Irena's Vow
by Kristin Salaky - Apr 13, 2009

'Acting is reacting,' says many a teacher of the craft, and if they're right then Christopher Durang has handed his leading lady, Laura Benanti, a career's worth of reasons to react in his surreal cavalcade, Why Torture Is Wrong And The People Who Love Them. A meta-theatrical farce disguised as a satire of America's war on terrorism (with a brief lesson about taking control of your life and a somewhat romantic conclusion for those who require such things) Why... is top-shelf Durang lunacy and Benanti, making a rare non-musical appearance, proves herself a wonderful everywoman foil. (more...)

Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong... Extends Through May 3 at Public
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) will extend Christopher Durang?s WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, directed by Nicholas Martin, through Sunday, May 3. The world premiere comedy recently opened to rave reviews. (more...)

Photo Flash: WHY TORTURE IS WRONG Opens At The Public Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2009

Christopher Durang's comedy WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM opened at The Public Theater on Monday April 6. This world premiere, directed by Nicholas Martin, began previews March 24 and will run through April 26. (more...)

Laura Benanti Talks 'WHY TORTURE IS WRONG...' To NY Times
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2009

Laura Benanti is relishing the relish the challenge of 'being the not-crazy person in a crazy world.' Benanti stars in the new Christopher Durang comedy WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, which opened on Monday. (more...)

Durang's 'WHY TORTURE IS WRONG' Opens 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) began previews on Tuesday, March 24 for Christopher Durang's comedy WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM. This world premiere, directed by Nicholas Martin, will run through April 26 with an official press opening on Monday, April 6 at 7 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: Public's Why Torture is Wrong And The People Who Love Them
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) began previews on Tuesday, March 24 for Christopher Durang's comedy WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM. This world premiere, directed by Nicholas Martin, will run through April 26 with an official press opening on Monday, April 6 at 7 PM. (more...)

WHY TORTURE IS WRONG Begins Previews At The Public 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) will begin previews on Tuesday, March 24 for Christopher Durang's comedy WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM. This world premiere, directed by Nicholas Martin, will run through April 26 with an official press opening on Monday, April 6 at 7 PM. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Feb. 11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from Wednesday, February 11, 2009. (more...)

Benanti, Neenan, And Poe Join Cast Of WHY TORTURE IS WRONG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced complete casting today for Christopher Durang's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM. Laura Benanti, Audrie Neenan, and Richard Poe will join the previously announced Amir Arison, David Aaron Baker, Kristine Nielsen, and John Pankow in this world premiere comedy, directed by Nicholas Martin. WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM begins previews on March 24 and runs through April 26 with an official press opening on Monday, April 6 at 7 PM. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Jan. 21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2009

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from Wednesday, January 21, 2009. (more...)

The Public Theater Announces Casting For Upcoming Shows
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced initial casting for Christopher Durang's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM and Craig Lucas's THE SINGING FOREST. Nicholas Martin will direct Why Torture Is Wrong... with a cast of seven that includes Amir Arison, David Aaron Baker, Kristine Nielsen and John Pankow. Mark Wing-Davey will direct a cast of nine that includes Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis in The Singing Forest. The cast for Why Torture Is Wrong..., which runs March 24 to April 26, will include Amir Arison (Queens Boulevard at Signature), David Aaron Baker (Dead Man's Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons), Kristine Nielsen (Crazy Mary at Playwrights Horizons), and John Pankow (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at The New Group). Early casting for The Singing Forest, running April 7 to May 17, will feature Olympia Dukakis (Academy Award winner for Moonstruck) as Loe Reiman. Ms. Dukakis' New York stage credits include the Encores! production of 70, Girls, 70, Barra Grant's A Mother, A Daughter and a Gun, Social Security directed by Mike Nichols, Rose (Outer Critics Award and Drama Desk nom.), Who's Who in Hell, The Aspern Papers, Night of the Iguana, Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, Peer Gynt, Titus Andronicus, Electra, Vaclav Havel's Memorandum, Brecht's A Man's a Man (Obie Award), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and A View From the Bridge (Theatre World Award). (more...)

Stew, Parisse, Ikeda and Others To Join SPF Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2008

The Summer Play Festival announces casting for the eagerly anticipated Summer Play Festival (SPF) now celebrating its fifth season in New York. Casts include Annie Golden, former lead singer for 'The Shirts' who has appeared in the movie HAIR; Marin Hinkle from CBS' TWO AND A HALF MEN; Annie Parisse from NBC's LAW & ORDER; Jenny Ikeda from MTC's acclaimed production of TOP GIRLS; and Dan Lauria from the long running series THE WONDER YEARS. Singer, songwriter and Tony Award winning Stew from the musical PASSING STRANGE will also be writing new music for one of the plays. (more...)

Sold Out 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Adds Two Performances
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2008

Playwright's Horizons announced today that due to high demand, two more performances will added to their hit show 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'. The final performance will now take place on March 29th, 2008 (more...)

Review - Dead Man's Cell Phone: The Time Of Your Life
by Michael Dale - Mar 5, 2008

I don't know about you, but when I first heard the title of Sarah Ruhl's comic fantasy, Dead Man's Cell Phone, it immediately brought to mind the title of Sister Helen Prejean's book, Dead Man Walking.  The sister's title refers to those who are still living but imprisoned on death row, but Ruhl's variation brings to mind the way technology has allowed the dead to figuratively walk among the living.  Personal web sites, blogs and cell phone voice mails assuring us that the person we're trying to reach will reply if we leave a message serve as our evergreen footprints, widely giving the impression of continuing life far more effectively than dusty old diaries or the fading memories of loved ones. (more...)

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Opens March 4 at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2008

The Playwrights Horizons production of the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, officially opens Tuesday March 4 at 7PM at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'
by BWW - Feb 19, 2008

The Playwrights Horizons production of the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, began previews on Saturday, February 9 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street); and officially opens Tuesday March 4 at 7PM. (more...)

Smith to Replace Camp in 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2008

Playwrights Horizons has announced a cast change for the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House, Eurydice). Drama Desk Award winner and Playwrights Horizons alum T. Ryder Smith will assume the role of Gordon (the 'dead man' of the title) beginning Tuesday, February 19. (more...)

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Sparks Live-for-Five Lotto Jan.30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2008

Starting Wednesday, January 30 at 10AM, Playwrights Horizons will be accepting entries for its popular online lottery LIVEforFIVE for 50 tickets to its next production, Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl (more...)

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Tickets On-Sale Now
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2008

Tickets for the general public go on sale today, Friday, January 11 for the Playwrights Horizons production of the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, starring Mary-Louise Parker. (more...)

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Completes Casting; Begins Feb.8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2007

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete details for the eagerly-awaited New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl starring Mary-Louise Parker. Completing the cast of Dead Man's Cell Phone are David Aaron Baker, Carla Harting and Kelly Maurer (more...)

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