Other Plays by Christopher Durang
- Altar Boy Talks To God-An-2m
- Aunt Dan Meets The Madwoman Of Chaillot-1m1f
- Canker Sores And Other Distractions-1m2f
- Cardinal O Connor-1m
- DMV Tyrant-1m1f
- Doctor Will See You Now-The-2m2f
- Entertaining Mr Helms-2m2f
- For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls-2m2f
- Funeral Parlor-1m1f
- Gym Teacher-1m
- Hardy Boys And The Mystery Of Where Babies Come From-The-3m1f
- Mrs Sorken-2m2f
- Nina In The Morning-3m1f
- Not My Fault-2m2f
- One Minute Play-1m1f
- Phyllis And Xenobia-2f
- Under Duress-2m1f
- Wandas Visit-2m2f
- Woman Stand Up-1f
- Women In A Playground-2f
Durang, Christopher (American playwright, actor, cabaret performer, January 2, 1949-____), “Wanda’s Visit,”
a __-minute drama, set in ______, U.S.A., 1996,
© 1996 by Christopher Durang;
• in Christopher Durang’s Durang, Durang: And Other Short Plays (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1996), 139 pp., ISBN 0822214601, ISBN 9780822214601;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.dramatists.com, telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539.
Jim (m), __, a suburban husband; Walter (m), __, _____; Marsha (f), __, a suburban wife; Wanda (f), __, an old high school red-haired, vibrant, warm and overwhelming girl friend of Jim.
“‘Wanda’s Visit’ tells the story of a suburban couple, Jim and Marsha, who are starting to feel a little stuck in their marriage after 13 years. Not unhappy, just… restless. Jim gets a letter from an old high school girl friend named Wanda, who asks to come visit. Jim is excited by the prospect of this visit, but Marsha dreads it (but doesn’t say so). Wanda shows up, and she’s quite a handful. Red haired and vibrant, wearing bright colors and talking non-stop, Wanda is warm and overwhelming. She hugs Jim a lot, and keeps telling Marsha how great he is. Then she bursts into tears, saying that in high school everyone presumed she and Jim would get married. Jim is totally shocked and asks ‘who presumed this?’ ‘Well, everyone,’ says Wanda. ‘My mother, my father, me, everyone.’ Wanda proceeds to chronicle for them the lengthy and endless details of her years of promiscuity, her bad choices in men, and her getting facial surgery to avoid detection from some kingpin of crime. In the morning Wanda cons Jim into giving her a back rub, which Marsha walks in on. Jim is finding Wanda nerve-wracking, and yet he’s also flattered by her interest in him. Finally they all go to a restaurant where Wanda is taken out of their lives in a surprise development, and Jim and Marsha are left to think about the visit: it stirred them up, kind of, it encouraged them to take an aerobics class together; now if only they were happy.”—Full Length Plays - Durang/Durang An Evening of One Act Plays by Christopher Durang, http://www.christopherdurang.com/FullDurangDurang.htm, accessed March 14, 2008.
• “The play ‘Wanda’s Visit’ began as a teleplay for a PBS series called Trying Times in 1986. This series asked different playwrights each to write a 30 minute teleplay about ‘difficult, trying events’ that people lived through. Beth Henley, Wendy Wasserstein, George C. Wolfe, Bernard Slade, Albert Innaurato all wrote teleplays for the series. Durang’s was called ‘The Visit’ and was directed by the wonderful actor (as well as director) Alan Arkin. The terrific cast was Swoosie Kurtz, Jeff Daniels, Julie Hagerty. (Durang played the waiter.) The PBS contract allowed Durang the stage rights, and he adapted the piece for theatre for Durang/Durang.”—Full Length Plays.
• “Christopher Ferdinand Durang . . . is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s. Christopher Durang was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of architect Francis Ferdinand Durang, Jr., and grew up in Berkeley Heights. He attended Catholic schools as a child, including the Our Lady of Peace School in New Providence, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in English from Harvard and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. He lives in Bucks County with his partner, John Augustine; they have been together for 20 years. His work often deals critically with issues of child abuse, Roman Catholic dogma and culture, and homosexuality. His plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. His works include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Beyond Therapy, Baby With the Bathwater, The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, Titanic, A History of the American Film, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, 'Dentity Crisis, The Actor's Nightmare, The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Betty's Summer Vacation, Adrift in Macao, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, Miss Witherspoon, and a collection of one-act parodies meant to be performed in one evening entitled Durang/Durang that includes 'Mrs. Sorken', 'For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls' (a parody of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams), 'A Stye Of the Eye', 'Nina in the Morning', 'Wanda's Visit', and 'Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room'. He has also written a number of unproduced screenplays, including The Nun Who Shot Liberty Valence, The House of Husbands (which he co-authored with Wendy Wasserstein), and The Adventures of Lola. Durang has denounced the Robert Altman 1987 film adaptation of Beyond Therapy, calling it 'horrific' and accusing Altman of totally rewriting the script 'so that all psychology is thrown out the window, and the characters dash around acting crazy but with literally no behavioral logic underneath.' Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspiel, which he performed with friend and fellow Yale alumna Sigourney Weaver. Later he co-starred in one of his own plays as Matt in The Marriage of Bette and Boo. He received Obie Awards for Sister Mary Ignatius, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Betty's Summer Vacation. He received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for A History of the American Film. Durang has been awarded numerous fellowships and high profile grants including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, the CBS Playwriting Fellowship, the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation grant, and the Kenyon Festival Theatre Playwriting Prize. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and is co-chair of the playwriting program at Juilliard. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2006 for Miss Witherspoon.—Christopher Durang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Durang, accessed March 13, 2008.
back rub, marriage doldrums, facial surgery, happiness, promiscuity, restlessness, visit.