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Directing Resume

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Production Information

LAUGHING WILD

By CHRISTOPHER DURANG

Directed by Gregg W. Brevoort

Lost Nation Theater
Montpelier, VT

Design / Production Team

Scenic Design

Costume Design

Lighting Design

Sound Design

Fight Choreography

Stage Manager

Eddie Freund

Rachel Kurland

Kim Bent

Fred Wilbur

Paul Ugalde

Terri Kneen

CAST

Woman

Man

Maura O’Brien*

Daniel J. Sherman*

*  members of Actors Equity Association

Reviews

the Times-Argus
Lost Nation Theater Opens Zany Durang Comedy

– “Wacky and Wonderful”

– “Wicked ... yet surprisingly touching in its humanity”

– “The production is visually engrossing and bespeaks careful technical attention”

– “Two excellent performances that worked both separately and together”

– “Deeply disturbed ... sympathetic as well as funny”

 – “Very real – and very funny”

 

Director's Notes

I remember my first exposure to Christopher Durang, seeing Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare back in 1981 -- at the then-tiny Playwright’s Horizons on NY’s 42nd Street/Theatre Row.  I remember being horrified … and absolutely delighted … by the bitter, extreme violence of the humor.

It took me back to the early days Saturday Night Live when they once did a sketch in which Gilda Radner portrayed a Claudine Longet firing her hunting rifle at the film projection of a falling skier.  I remember screaming with laughter (I’ve continued tuning in for 30 years now, hoping they’d do something that funny again — but, alas).

And here was a play (two of them, in fact) that elevated that kind of violent humor — taking it out of sketch comedy and putting it into the theatre.  Into plays that have structure, themes, insight and intelligence.  And here I was screaming once again.

Christopher Durang is one of our great playwrights.  His plays are always clever, always topical and always possess the intelligence of a writer who knows his place in dramatic literature.  In this play alone, he references Beckett, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, the Greeks — and not just random name-dropping references.  Durang creates works that grapple with the same themes and issues of his predecessors while always remaining contemporary and immediate.

Be sure not to miss seemingly off-the-cuff comments like the Man’s summation of a life lived under society’s suppression of sexual and emotional feeling:  “That was one cheery option ... nothing, and then the grave.”  A not-so-slight allusion to Beckett’s Waiting For Godot.  Durang succeeds in painting a rather bleak, existential picture -- all while we are screaming with laughter.  No mean trick.

All while Laughing Wild amid severest woe.

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