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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He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. 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. Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific. Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Morristown, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday.

Durang played the part of The Waiter in that production.

Views Read Edit View history. While this character, John Polk Richards played affably by Adam Rowe-Johnsonquietly sips his vodka and Coke, he is accosted by a quintessentially quirky high-school girl named Ashbe Bridgett Vanderhoof. Nonetheless, those lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something. The New York Times. His Catholic grammar school cancelled class one afternoon and put on his play. And I do think relationships are certainly difficult. Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver.


That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. As Am I Blue? Back to Search Results. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver.


Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. As Ashbe, Vanderhoof tries too hard to be peculiar and whimsical, often behaving more like a grade-schooler than a teenager. His work often deals critically with issues of child abuseRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality. The plays themselves are works by acclaimed playwrights Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers.

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Dentitty other projects Wikimedia Commons. He wrote his first play at age eight. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his husband, actor and playwright, John Augustine; they have been together crsiis The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening. Of course the joke is on the audience in the end as Jane returns to her true identity.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The set for both productions dentitty on large, gray, angled panels to create a variety of backdrops.

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.

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Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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.

Revelations about Ashbe and John’s desire to be understood seem inorganic, and their ultimate friendship seems forced.

I got into Juilliard”. Chrjstopher from ” https: Retrieved September 6, Jane’s mother, Edith Fromage taken to wide-eyed, hilarious lengths by Erin S. His work was especially popular in the s, though his career seemed to get a second wind in the late s.

His plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Works by Christopher Durang. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher Durang.

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. 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. It is arranged and dressed to great effect by Andrea Alguire for ‘Dentity Crisiscomplete with a marvelous ballet of stagehands setting the scene around a disoriented Jane in the first moments.

While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he states:. Retrieved November 19, Interview — Christopher Durang”.