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MS Thr 1379

Durang, Christopher, 1949- . Christopher Durang papers, 1957-2013 (MS Thr 1379): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 1379
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Durang, Christopher, 1949- .
Title: Christopher Durang papers
Date(s): 1957-2013
Quantity: 26.6 linear feet (28 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Contains typescript and manuscript compositions, notebooks, reviews, and printed ephemera related to playwright Christopher Durang.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2015MT-24. Purchased from Christopher Durang; received: 2016 January 4.


Collection was acquired by Houghton Library in January, 2016

Processing Information:

Processed by: Adrien Hilton

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Christopher Durang Papers, 1957-2013 (MS Thr 1379). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Ferdinand Durang (born January 2, 1949) is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s, though his career seemed to get a second wind in the late 1990s. His play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. The production was directed by Nicholas Martin, and featured Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant and Genevieve Angelson. 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. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2006 for Miss Witherspoon. On May 17, 2010 he was presented with the very first Luminary Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for his work Off-Off-Broadway. He was awarded the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award in 2012. In that same year, he was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.


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Scope and Contents

Includes drafts, scripts, screenplays, production notes and galley proofs for plays and films by Durang. Collection also includes clippings, press materials, photographs, academic papers, and theater programs.


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