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Christopher Durang Dies: Playwright With A Genius For The Absurd Was 75

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Christopher Durang, one of American’s most acclaimed and accomplished playwrights whose works like Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike were as incisive as they were absurdly comic, died Tuesday night at his home in Pipersville, Pa., in Bucks County.

He was 75. The office of his agent, Patrick Herold, confirmed the death. Durang’s husband, John Augustine, said the playwright died peacefully as a result of complications from logopenic primary progressive aphasia.

Durang had been diagnosed with the illness – a form of Alzheimer’s disease that impedes the ability to process language – in 2016.

He remained largely out of the public spotlight since his condition was made public in 2022. In February, New York’s Dramatists Guild announced that the playwright would receive its 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award on May 6, placing Durang on a prestigious roster alongside such past awardees as John Guare, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Miller.

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