Steve Barnes profiles playwright and humorist Christopher Durang in Sunday's Times Union. Durang visits the Writers Institute today!
Picture: Durang accepting his 2013 Tony for "Best Play" at the Tony Award ceremonies.
From the Times Union:
The playwright Christopher Durang had an epiphany while making up new lyrics for a nursery rhyme in his 1983 play "Baby with the Bathwater."
"When I finished, I realized they were," he says, pausing, "nice I thought, 'Oh, that's oddly positive for me.'"
Durang, who's written comedies including "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You" (1979), "The Actor's Nightmare" and "Beyond Therapy" (both 1981), "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" (1985), "Laughing Wild" (1987) and "Betty's Summer Vacation" (1999), isn't known for nice. He's known for outrageous and absurd and biting, for sure, but nice? That surprised him.
More in the TU: http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/It-s-all-worked-out-quite-nicely-5294553.php#photo-5988188
More about Durang's visit today: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/durang_chris14.html