2/26/2009

Durang Talks of His Vision of Homeland

  • Christopher Durang  

The writer of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them comes to Franklin & Marshall College to talk about writing his new play and the nation’s obsession with fear.

Playwright Christopher Durang comes to the Roschel Performing Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. for the inaugural lecture sponsored by the James Lapine ’71 Family Visiting Theatre Artist Fund.

Durang’s plays, including Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Betty’s Summer Vacation, have been produced on and off-Broadway.

His latest play, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them opens at the Public Theatre in New York on March 24. It is a raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity” that tells the story of a woman wondering whether her new husband is a terrorist.

Durang has been the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the CBS Playwriting Fellowship and the Lecompte du Nouy Foundation grant.

The playwright comes to Franklin & Marshall in mid-rehearsals at the behest of his longtime friend and colleague, Lapine, the author of Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park With George. Lapine and his family have endowed an annual lectureship at the College to bring eminent theater artists to campus.

The event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, and is free and open to the public.

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