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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1379

Christopher Durang papers

Contains typescript and manuscript compositions, notebooks, reviews, and printed ephemera related to playwright Christopher Durang.


  • 1957-2013

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.


26.6 linear feet (28 boxes)

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.

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.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Compositions
  2. I.A. Early Years
  3. I.B. Plays
  4. I.C. Short Plays
  5. I.D. Screenplays
  6. I.E. Television
  7. I.F. Drawings
  8. I.G. Files
  9. I.H. Other Writing
  10. I.I. Manuscripts by Others
  11. II. Notebooks
  12. III. Reviews and Articles
  13. IV. Print Material
  14. IV.A. Playbills and Programs
  15. IV.B. Posters
  16. IV.C. Ephemera
  17. V. Audio and Visual Material
  18. VI. Other Personal and Professional Material

Special Equipment Required for Access:

Special equipment or surrogate required for audio and visual material; consult Houghton Public Services.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Collection was acquired by Houghton Library in January, 2016

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Adrien Hilton
Link to catalog
Christopher Durang papers, 1957-2013 (MS Thr 1379): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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