(45 minute teleplay, 2002, for a special on “marriage
through decades.” Susan
Dan Paulsen, producers. Showtime/Columbia-TriStar.
Durang’s teleplay set in the 1950s;
Beth Henley wrote one set in
the 1970s; Diana Son wrote one set in the 1990s)
Mary Explains It All
(screenplay based on his play, 2001, Showtime.
Produced by Victoria Tennant, Kirk Stambler.
Directed by Marshall Brickman, starring Diane
(sitcom pilot, 1998-99, Regency, Gail Berman, Joan Stein,
producers. For WB Network)
(sitcom pilot, 1997, Regency, Gail Berman, Joan Stein,
producers. For Fox
(10 minute teleplay for “Words on Fire” episode on
“Live from Off-Center,” 1997, PBS/WNET.
Produced by Wendell Harrington, directed by John Sanborn.
Featured Durang and
is a Thing Called Elmo
(hour teleplay for possible return of “Love American
Style,” 1993, ABC, producer Douglas Cramer.)
Girl Who Can’t Say No
(hour teleplay for pilot for anthology series, 1992.
Scott Winant, producer. ABC.
Pilot consisted of three scripts, other two by Aaron
Sorkin, Jane Anderson.)
– The TV Show
(sitcom pilot for Warner Bros., 1990-91; sold to Fox
(wrote episode for Tom Fontanna/Bruce Paltrow sitcom
about White House press corps,
Adventures of Lola
(screenplay written for director Herbert Ross, 1988)
(A Day in the Life of Playwright Chris Durang)
7 minute mock documentary for Showtime’s “By-Line” series
on authors, 1987.
Jerry Zaks, director. With
Durang, Christine Estabrook. Guest
cameos by Sigourney Weaver,
(30 minute teleplay for Trying
Times, a PBS/KCET series
on “difficult life experiences,” 1987.
Alan Arkin, director.
Jon Denny, Phyllis Geller, producers.)
Secret of My Success
(rewrote several scenes uncredited for director Herbert
Ross’s 1987 film)
(screenplay, based on Durang’s play, 1986, directed by
Robert Altman. Durang wrote initial
screenplay; Altman rewrote
substantially. They shared
credit…or blame, ha ha)
and Robin and Whoopi and Carl
(staff writer, Carol Burnett TV special, 1985, ABC/Carsey-Werner)
(sketch comedy show, 1984, CBS)
(4 episodes aired)
Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You
(screenplay based on Durang’s play)
(from 1982 until 1990, Durang wrote 3,177 versions for
two different sets
of independent producers)
Nun Who Shot Liberty Valance
screenplay, 1982, for Warner Bros.)
House of Husbands
(Co-authored with Wendy Wasserstein for the Ladd Company)