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About the playwrights:
Christopher Durang (1949- ), is an American playwright from Montclair, NJ, known for his works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. He was especially popular in the 1980s with, for example, SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU, but he had a resurgence in 2013, with the Broadway production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. While at Yale Drama School he became friends with classmate Wendy Wasserstein, and they collaborated on several projects together.
Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006), was a New Yorker, and the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award for THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, which also won the Pulitzer. While Wasserstein’s plays often expose the brutal reality of sexism, they always maintain a comic, wistful Chekhovian tone, and at the same time have an unmistakable Jewish urban quality. One of her popular plays was THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, an obvious parallel to Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS.
Both Wasserstein and Durang explore the bizarre nature of our contemporary society, and help us laugh at the lunacy of it all. “The real reason for comedy is to hide the pain.” – Wendy Wasserstein