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Meet the Playwrights of Summerfest: Mark Violi Riding The Comet

Meet the Playwrights of Summerfest: Mark Violi Riding The Comet

Mark Violi

Mark first gained recognition as a writer with his historic drama Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling played to sold-out crowds making its premiere in 2009 and has since been performed three additional times throughout New Jersey, continuing to play to capacity crowds.

His second drama, Riding the Comet is a selection of the NY Theater Summerfest 2017. Produced by Theater To Go and directed by Ruth Markoe, Riding the Comet is a gripping WWII drama exploring the themes of family, fear and patriotism and what can become of us when pushed to the brink. Show times are August 7 & 9 at 9pm and Saturday, August 12 at 6pm with performances at Manhattan’s Hudson Guild Theater. Summerfest marks the second production of Riding the Comet, having been named “A Top 5 Production of the Year” by the Princeton Packet when it premiered in September 2011.

Also an accomplished screenwriter, Mark has written seven feature screenplays having optioned three film scripts to Hollywood. He co-wrote the historic documentary John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot which has just completed production in Central New Jersey.

Mark is also an active stage and on-screen actor having appeared in commercials, TV and film. Among his dozens of stage roles include leads in A Few Good Men, Deathtrap, Dracula, Psycho Beach Party, Send Me No Flowers & One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His on-screen credits include commercials for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia 76’ers as well as both independent and major feature films.

Mark frequently speaks and instructs on the subjects of acting, writing and digital marketing. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild of America. www.markvioli.com

Riding the Comet: NY Summerfest, Hudson Guild Theatre Aug 7th and 9th at 9pm and Aug 12th at 6pm.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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