Durang in the New Year with RTR

Readers Theatre Repertory starts the new year absurdly with “Durang in the New Year,” featuring three plays Christopher Durang, and directed by Jason A. England: Mrs. SorkenFor Whom the Southern Bell Tolls, and Wanda’s Visit.

Durang, well-known for his dark and funny take on the human condition, declares on his website that he “has written 1,455 one act plays (or perhaps 40),” and offers these keywords as a way of describing his work: “satire, dark comedy, parody, funny, absurdist.”

England says this is exactly why he wanted to kick off the new year with this playwright. “We are full of conflicting feelings as we start a new year. Excited, full of trepidation, and these days completely confused about what we can expect. Life can feel utterly absurd,” he says, “and that malaise calls for a healthy dose of Durang.”

On his site, Durang further adds “Other key words: winter, spring, fall.  Also summer.  More keywords: coffee, Yale School of Drama, zippers, age, lapsed Catholic, hiccups.” And concludes with “Final keywords: cursor, satire, parody, glaucoma drops, dog, dog food, bread, butter, cheese.”

Cast includes Michelle Seaton, Daniil Fasahov, Sam Holloway, Britt Harris, and Jason A. England
Michelle Seaton in Mrs. Sorken

Michelle Seaton in Mrs. Sorken

Daniil Fasahov and Michelle Seaton in For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls

Daniil Fasahov and Michelle Seaton in                                  For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls

Samuel Holloway and Britt Harris in For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls

Samuel Holloway and Britt Harris in                                   For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls

Samuel Holloway, Michelle Seaton, and Britt Harris in Wanda's Visit

Samuel Holloway, Michelle Seaton, and Britt Harris in Wanda’s Visit

Daniil

Britt Harris, Daniil Fasahov, Michelle Seaton, Jason A. England, and Samuel Holloway in Wanda’s Visit

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