Marc interviewed in TDF STAGES about "Waiting For The Host" and how playwrights are finding way to create during the pandemic
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Marc's plays include Poor Fellas, Carl The Second, Levittown, The Groundling, and Waiting For The Host, all of which are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. His collection of middle school plays, S(cool) Days, is published by Brooklyn Publishers. Waiting For The Host (formerly Streaming Passion) written to be performed via live stream as well as live on stage, premiered out of Penn Stage Centre Stage in April 2020 directed by Rick Lombardo. TDF Stages wrote: "...a comedic show within a show...The brainchild of NYC-based playwright Marc Palmieri, the play just may be the first full-length work written for our new surreality.” The show was then produced at The Red House Arts (directed by Hunter Foster). Broadway World wrote: “Waiting For the Host...allows a new work, a new approach to theater, a new approach to performing, a new approach to directing to take place and it is definitely entertaining. The play does not disappoint. It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter; exactly what theater is supposed to do.” The play continues to have multiple productions (on stage and stream) across the country and beyond, making its Hawaiian debut at Manoa Valley Theatre and international debut with Singapore's Pangdemonium Theatre Company.
The Groundling was workshopped and presented at South Coast Repertory's 2012 NewSCRipts Series and at The Lark Play Development Center, NYC. Marc directed the 2015 world premiere at Axis Co. in NYC. Theatremania called the show "One of the surprise downtown gems of the season." Levittown's 2009 production at Theatre at Saint Clements was named a NY Times "Critic's Pick."
Marc's 10-minute play Of Vanities is included Smith & Kraus's The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2020. Portions of his plays are included in the 2002 and 2007 and 2015 editions of the Smith & Kraus anthologies The Best Stage Scenes and The Best Stage Monologues for Men.
Marc is also published in Fiction (Issue 59 and Issue 64), The Global City Review (Issue 24), and has a short play, Little Mom, in 10-Minute Plays for Kids published by Applause Books. He has published scenes and monologues in numerous anthologies with Smith & Kraus, Inc. and Applause Books.
As an actor, Marc has worked with Axis Company, Classic Stage Company, The Culture Project, Gorilla Rep, The Directors Company, Tectonic Theatre Project and many others. He played the lead role in David Maquiling's critically acclaimed feature film Too Much Sleep, which was distributed theatrically by Shooting Gallery, Inc. in 2001, by Starz Encore for TV and nominated for an IFP Spirit Award in 2002. He has done national commercials for Verizon, Toyota, Macy's, Heineken, Burger King, Microsoft, NY Lottery, Nike, Pizza Hut and others. Marc is a vested member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He is a company member and resident dramaturge of the Drama Desk-nominated Axis Company.
Marc wrote the screenplay for Miramax Films' Telling You, starring Peter Facinelli and Jennifer Love Hewitt. He directed a short film version of Shakespeare's Sonnet #138 for The Shakespeare Exchange's Sonnet Project and currently writes and directs the web series The Thing at www.theplayis.com
Marc is a full-time core faculty member at the School of Liberal Arts at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Also, since 2011 Marc is a Guest Faculty member teaching playwriting , screenwriting and dramatic adaptation in the Creative Writing MFA Program at The City College of New York. Also at CCNY since 2006, he has taught playwriting, creative writing, modern and postmodern drama, Shakespeare, advanced fiction and world humanities for the undergraduate English Department.
Marc received a B.A. in Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts from Wake Forest University (where he attended on an athletic scholarship) and both an M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The City College of New York.
In 1989 he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of high school. He served as varsity pitching coach at Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, coaching for 14 years. He still manages to coach travel baseball and both his daughters in soccer and volleyball.
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Read The Daily News Feature about Marc's daughter's inspiring battle with epilepsy.
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