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Mark Stein

MARK STEIN

  (1951 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Mark was born in 1951, raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended college at the University of WisconsinBMadison, where he received a B.A. in English and Psychology in 1973, and where he met his future wife, Arlene Balkansky, a film archivist at the Library of Congress. After college, Mark moved to New York, where he worked at Vogue magazine by day and stage managed in the off-off-Broadway Theater world by night. In 1976 he relocated to Washington, D.C. to join New Playwrights Theatre, where his first plays were staged. After receiving Actors Theatre of Louisville=s Heideman Award for his play, the Groves of Academe, Mark returned to New York to join the Playwrights Unit at Manhattan Theater Club, which had produced Groves after Louisville. In addition to his plays, Stein wrote the screenplay for the film, Housesitter , starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, and is the author of the New York Times best seller, How the States Got their Shapes , which was the basis for the History Channel series by the same name.

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below is a list of Mark Stein's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        At Long Last Leo         Bad Apples         Breaking the Sweet Glass         Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys         Dream Home         Ghost Dance         Goodbye Moscow         Groves Of Academe, The         Mating Dance of the Werewolf         Milwaukee Confidential         Mister Wilson's Peace Of Mind         Pinnacle         Plumber's Apprentice, The         Relativity



At Long Last Leo

Synopsis:
Leo Beagle has recently completed a 638 page manifesto on harmony for humanity which he hopes will be the impetus for the next major social movement for the world. Arriving home to his family which includes his depressed mother, philandering father, confused sister, introverted nephew and a neighbor who has always been in love with him. Leo tries to test his principles on this group. the only problem is - he can't get them to read the manifesto. Leo's visit does, however, bring change to the family. Although Leo's mother accuses him of being "addicted to hope," the play's moving ending suggests that the desire to save the world and the need to dream is born with each new generation.

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1st Produced:
South Coast Repertory    1988

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1991   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  1b

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Bad Apples

Synopsis:
Onetime high school sweethearts Peg and Brook seem like your normal suburban couple - except for the huge hole in the floor of their living room. their friend Eddie is digging it, and their neighbor Ida finds herself to compelled to know why. Passions flair, motivations morph, and alliances shift in this comic exploration of our moral compass.

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Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Breaking the Sweet Glass

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-    1978

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Drama

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Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys

Synopsis:
the nine Scottsboro Boys return from eternity to renact the notorious legal circus into which they were thrust in 1931 by the State of Alabama, the Communist Party, and the NAACP. the nine Scottsboro Boys portray all the characters--black, white, male, female --using the format of a vaudeville show.

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1st Produced:
River Stage (Sacramento, CA, United States)    2007

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2007   -

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Genre:
Play with Music

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Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Dream Home

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-    1981

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Ghost Dance

Synopsis:
Loosely based on actual events from 1891, a young woman arrives in South Dakota amidst the sensational trial of a Sioux Indian for the murder of a U.S. Army officer. In the course of her increasing involvement in the defense of the Indian, the young woman finds herself falling in love with her personal evocation of the man he murdered.

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1st Produced:
River Stage (Sacramento, CA, United States)    1997

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
100-120 min Play/Drama

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Male:  12            Female:  2            Other:  12 males, 2 females (10-30 actors possible: 8-20 males, 2-10 females)

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Goodbye Moscow

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-    1982

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Groves Of Academe, The

Synopsis:
the development of a special relationship between an enthusiastically inquisitive student and his patient and inspiring professo

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Solo Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Mating Dance of the Werewolf

Synopsis:
A police officer and a new woman in town embark on a passionate romance. But her quest for authenticity (asking what would happen if we Alet our insides out@) unleashes feelings that he cannot understand, and that alter his relationships with his closest friends. Particularly when she claims (possibly truthfully) that she is a werewolf.

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co-production with the Rubicon Theatre

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Milwaukee Confidential

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-    1985

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Mister Wilson's Peace Of Mind

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-    1979

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Pinnacle

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-    1977

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Plumber's Apprentice, The

Synopsis:
Sally, a "liberated" young woman who is out to establish the equality of her sex in the plumbing trade, is assigned by the union to work with Rog, a middle-aged master plumber who obviously feels that a woman's place is in the home. At first they are oil and water, but Sally is determined to master her craft no matter how snide and brusque Rog might be, and gradually, in a series of sometimes funny sometimes poignant short scenes, Sally gains Rog's acceptance and even his respect. In the end, however, Sally wearies of the uphill struggle and concedes that she has taken on more than she can cope with-much to the unexpected consternation of Rog, who, in a deftly understated final scene, has to admit that Sally has turned out to be a pretty good apprentice after all

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
comedy Drama One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Relativity

Synopsis:
Neil, a successful lawyer, has a surprise visit from his sister and mother, who drag him into a long overdue family discussion. With the arrival of his wife, Susan, Neil becomes a pinball in a battle of wits. It's difficult to know who's telling the truth and who's telling some 'whopping lies'. Neil's logical approach to life probably serves him well in a courtroom, but here in his own living room, the rules are a little different. One answer leads to four or five more questions; 'That's what's always bothered me about questions'. In a post-post-modern world, in New York of all places, everyone from waiters to lawyers walk alone with their own perceptions of the world. What happens when these perceptions are all forced into one family, in one tiny room, for 1 hour and 45 minutes?
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LucGroup Production Company

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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