RECENT NEWS AND PROJECTS:
My wife Alison J. Murphy and I performed our show ZELDA & SCOTT: A LIFE AFFAIR at the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2022. This is an exciting new play based on the lives of Mr. & Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald, using their own rich and brilliant correspondence, which has also played successfully in New Jersey and as a benefit performance in NYC.
October 4-7, 2023 we will be starring in A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS at the East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, New Jersey; part of a six week run with a different cast of real-life couples each week.
We also performed my two-hander adaptation of Molnar’s classic comedy THE GUARDSMAN AND THE ACTRESS in March 2023, and Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut stories, WHO AM I THIS TIME? AND OTHER CONUNDRUMS OF LOVE in 2022, at East Lynne.
Our other theater project, LUNT AND FONTANNE: The Celestials of Broadway, is a retrospective of the incredible lives and careers of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the premier theatrical duo of the 20th Century. Under the guidance of director Owen Thompson, we have had three productions: two in New York City (including the New York International Fringe Festival) and one at the Classic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.
We have also been busy with other projects. The East Lynne Theater Co. in scenic Cape May, NJ has been a home base for many years: the summer of 2017 brought performances of Eugene O’Neill‘s nostalgic comedy AH, WILDERNESS!, and Mark also performed in recent productions of THE RAINMAKER, BIOGRAPHY and ZORRO!.
My corporate training work, primarily with the Leadership-Masters company, has included innovative leadership events based on the stories of subjects such as polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth I, and (recently) Mohandas K. Gandhi, for such clients as State Farm, 3M, GE, Booz Allen and Boeing. That work recently brought me to Puerto Rico (on a job for the Coca-Cola company), as well as an unexpected but exciting sojourn to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Our Nelson Mandela leadership piece was booked by an NGO working in East Africa, and our Leadership-Masters team greatly enjoyed the wonderful people and beauty of the Indian Ocean, as well as the important work being done by our client, Open Society. Other great trips were to Penang, Malaysia, in a corporate training gig for the Dell Computer company, and a 2018 sojourn to Copenhagen, Denmark, for Novo Nordisk, where we had two presentations, including The Shackleton Experience.
All the best,