Published Plays

Books Available from 

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Note:  Some of the plays are published in more than one book

GroveAtlantic (four books)
www.groveatlantic.com

  • Christopher Durang Explains It All For You

Introduction by author
Includes six plays:

The Nature and Purpose of the Universe

'dentity Crisis

Titanic

The Actor's Nightmare

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

Beyond Therapy

  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo

Extensive afterword by author

  • Laughing Wild and Baby With The Bathwater

Two afterwords by author

  • Betty's Summer Vacation

Foreword by Tim Sanford
Introduction by Michael Feingold

Smith and Kraus (two books)

www.smithkraus.com

  • Christopher Durang: Complete Full Length Plays 1975-1995

Introduction by Robert Brustein

Forewords by the author for each play

Now available in soft cover

Plays included:

The Idiots Karamazov (co-authored with Albert Innaurato)

The Vietnamization of New Jersey

A History of the American Film 
(note: includes updated ending for Film, not published elsewhere)

Beyond Therapy

Baby with the Bathwater

The Marriage of Bette and Boo

Laughing Wild

  • Christopher Durang: 27 Short Plays

Introduction by Howard Stein
Numerous notes by the author throughout
Essay on Sister Mary controversy by author
Plays included:

Mrs. Sorken

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls

A Stye of the Eye

Nina in the Morning

Wanda's Visit

Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room

The Book of Leviticus Show

Naomi in the Living Room

Woman Stand-up

DMV Tyrant

Funeral Parlor

Canker Sores and Other Distractions

The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From

1-900-Desperate

Women in a Playground

Phyllis & Xenobia

Desire, Desire, Desire

Medea

One Minute Play

John and Mary Doe

Diversions

The Nature and Purpose of the Universe

'dentiry Crisis

Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes

Titanic

The Actor's Nightmare

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You 

Acting Editions

From Durang: 

Most of my plays are published in “acting editions” by Dramatists Play Services; two are published by Concord Theatricals (formerly Samuel French).

Acting editions are thin paperbacks, designed for use in rehearsals.  They are usually a bit cheaper than the regular book store paperbacks.

Because these editions are meant for production use and you get them from the licensing publishers, I have in most cases added author’s notes to these volumes that are specifically geared to actors and directors putting on the plays.

Because of this, if you’re going to produce the plays, I hope you will get these editions in order to read some of these notes.

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2 Acting Editions with Concord Theatricals, Play Publishers
www.concordtheatricals.com 

(note: Formerly Samuel French)

  • Beyond Therapy

Author’s notes in back regarding production and acting issues

  • A History of the American Film

Author’s notes in back (especially regarding production issues)
(note: the updated ending, alas, is only in the Smith and Kraus Full Length Plays volume)

11 Acting Editions with Dramatists Play Services
www.dramatists.com

  • Three Short Plays

Short note on Nature and Purpose; no notes on other two
Plays include:

The Nature and Purpose of the Universe

Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes

'dentity Crisis

Titanic

  • Titanic

Interesting notes on this play; it’s a strange play
Hope you read the notes if you choose to produce the play
(notes not published anywhere else)

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  • The Idiots Karamazov (co-authored by Albert Innaurato)

Notes in afterword on tone and miscellaneous production issues

 

  • The Vietnamization of New Jersey

No notes

 

  • Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare

Notes on both plays (acting tone, pace, etc.)

 

 

  • Baby with the Bathwater

Notes at end, various things.

 

  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo

Notes, rather copious, at the end.

  • Laughing Wild

Notes at end, some clarifications

  • Durang/Durang

An evening of six one acts.

Plays included:

Mrs. Sorken

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls

A Stye of the Eye

Nina in the Morning

Wanda’s Visit

Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room

More copious notes, based on the Manhattan Theatre Club 1996 production

  • Naomi in the Living Room & Other Short Plays

23 short plays, split up into 3 categories:

 

Character Comedies and Sketches:

Naomi in the Living Room

Kitty the Waitress

Funeral Parlor

Canker Sores and Other Distractions

Woman Stand-Up

DMV Tyrant

Gym Teacher

1-900-Desperate

One Minute Play

Women in a Playground

Phyllis and Xenobia

John and Mary Doe

Not My Fault

Parodies:

The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From

Medea (co-authored with Wendy Wasserstein)

Aunt Dan Meets the Madwoman of Chaillot

Desire, Desire, Desire

Political:

Cardinal O’Connor

The Book of Leviticus Show

Entertaining Mr. Helms

The Doctor Will See You Now

Under Duress: Words on Fire

An Altar Boy Talks to God (adapted from Aids speech in "Laughing Wild")

  • Betty's Summer Vacation

Author’s Notes at end (not published elsewhere)