His 12 years in repressive Roman Catholic schools as well as traumatic elements in his home life became the basis for the dark humor of his later plays. Durang developed as a playwright during the early s while working under Robert Brustein at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Much of his work during this period brought him little critical attention. By the close of the decade, the play had become a regional theatre favorite. The play begins with a simple catechism delivered by a seven-year-old student but soon turns into a deadly confrontation between the nun, Sister Mary Ignatius, and a number of her former students.
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Click here to download the monologue MAN: I was in the supermarket the other day about to buy some tuna fish when I sensed this very disturbed presence right behind me. There was something about her focus that made it very clear to me that she was a disturbed person. But instead wham! Now why did she do that? I mean, analyzing it, looking at it in a positive light, this woman probably had some really horrible life story that, you know, kind of, explained how she got to this point in time, hitting me in the supermarket.
And perhaps if her life — since birth — had been explained to me, I could probably have made some sense out of her action and how she got there. It makes me want to never leave my apartment ever ever again. Suddenly he closes his eyes and moves his arms in a circular motion around himself, round and round, soothingly.
I am the predominant source of energy in my life. I let go of the pain from the past. I let go of the pain from the present. In the places in my body where pain lived previously, now there is light and love and joy. He opens his eyes again and looks at the audience peacefully and happily. That was an affirmation.
‘Laughing Wild’ (Woman and the Tuna Fish)
Laughing Wild – by Christopher Durang
‘Laughing Wild’ (Man and the Supermarket story)