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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And I do think relationships are certainly difficult. 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. As Ashbe, Vanderhoof tries too hard to be peculiar and whimsical, often behaving more like a grade-schooler than a teenager.

Retrieved September 6, Interview — Christopher Durang”. In the episode, Durang and Weaver parodied the works of Bertolt Brecht. Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific.

Retrieved November 19, Overall, this is an engaging evening and a chance to see lesser-known plays from well-known playwrights. 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.

He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his husband, actor and playwright, John Augustine; they have been together since More of a two-character play with a few extras than an ensemble piece, Blue is ultimately unsatisfying. Baaltries to return the house to “normal,” but we see only Jane’s apparent break from reality played out on stage.

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat 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 works of outrageous and often absurd comedy.


Works by Christopher Durang.

‘Dentity Crisis

His plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. He wrote his first play at age eight. Jane’s mother, Edith Fromage taken to wide-eyed, hilarious lengths by Erin S.

Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver. I got into Juilliard”. The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening.

‘Dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang Auditions

Just as the young main characters in each play are durant out who they are, the directors and actors who bring them to life are finding their own voices. Revelations about Ashbe and John’s desire to be understood seem inorganic, and their ultimate friendship seems forced. That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he states:.

This piece, written when the Pulitzer Prize winner was a sophomore in college, shows her propensity for mixing tragedy and furang in strange proportions, and adding Southern charm along the way. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver. The first play on opening night was Henley’s Am I Blue?

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. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher Durang.

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Durang played the part of The Waiter in that production. The New York Times. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


His Catholic grammar school cancelled class one afternoon and put on his play. Retrieved from ” https: His work was especially popular in the s, though his career seemed to get a second wind in the late s.

The plays themselves are works by acclaimed chritopher Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers.

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Nonetheless, chriistopher lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something. 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. Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen.

As Am I Blue? Of course the joke is on the audience in the end as Jane returns to her true identity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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.

I think we’re all neurotic. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. 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. Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Morristown, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday.

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