Christopher Durang Stars with Debra Monk in His Laughing Wild for June Run in Boston

News   Christopher Durang Stars with Debra Monk in His Laughing Wild for June Run in Boston
Huntington Theatre Company has announced a special production of Christopher Durang's 1987 comedy, Laughing Wild, starring the playwright and Debra Monk, to play Boston in June.
Debra Monk
Debra Monk's Harry Haun reported (October 2004) that Monk would appear in the Massachusetts production which Huntington artistic director Nicholas Martin will direct for a run at the Boston Center for the Arts' Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, June 3-26.

The two-person show originally played at Playwrights Horizons in New York in October 1987, with Durang starring opposite E. Katherine Kerr, and was revived with the original stars in 2003. Divided into three parts, Laughing Wild features two comedic monologues delivered by its "Man" and "Woman" that delve into "often-touchy social issues" followed by a final scene in which both players "reenact a troubling grocery store incident, to recount and appear in each other’s dreams, and to participate in a psychotic TV talk show," according to a release.

Director Martin, who staged Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation to OBIE Award success at Playwrights Horizons in 1999, directed the recent Broadway staging of Match by Stephen Belber as well as Butley, Springtime for Henry, A Month in the Country, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Hedda Gabler, Fully Committed and Dead End.

Monk, who appeared in this season's Broadway revival of Reckless, earned a Tony Award for her turn in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain. She has also appeared in Thou Shalt Not, Ah, Wilderness!, Company, Picnic, Steel Pier, Nick & Nora, Prelude to a Kiss and the original Off-Broadway cast of Assassins. She also co-creator and starred in the musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Durang is best known as the playwright who penned such works as Beyond Therapy, Baby With the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sex and Longing and The Actor's Nightmare. Recent works include Adrift in Macao and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge Tickets for Laughing Wild at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street in Boston, MA are available by calling (617) 266-0800. For more information on the Huntington Theatre Company, visit

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