Mark Ridge

Playwright

Mark Ridge won his college campus playwriting competitions for two consecutive years.  He is currently an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate, a proud member of the Pee Wee Herman Fun Club and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. As a playwright, he has been inspired by Tennessee Williams (for his brilliant use of language), Neil Simon (for his brilliant use of humor), and Penny Sycamore (who wrote plays simply because a typewriter was delivered to her home by mistake). Mark's plays include RUSSIAN ROULETTE, OUT WITH A BANG, SOMETHING STRANGE IS HAPPENING AT THE C.C.&C., YOUR CHEATIN' HEART & MY FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES, BESTSELLER and EUPHORIA.  His play KILLING KITTENS was produced by Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis, Indiana  and given a staged reading by La Strada Ensemble Theatre in New Jersey as part of the 2015 Pride Month Rainbow Reading Series. ​ His musical parody 43rd Street was given a staged reading by Three Cat Productions in Chicago and was a finalist in The 2017 Shawnee Playhouse Original Playwriting Competition in Pennysylvania.  His current project, THE VULTURES was a runner up in the 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwrighting Excellence and the winner of the Jewel Box Theatre 2018 New Playwrighting Contest.  The show is scheduled to receive a staged reading in Chicago and a full production in Nebraska, both in 2018.  In 2019, THE VULTURES is scheduled to be produced by Evolution Theatre Company in Ohio  and The Lakewood Theatre in Maine.

Highlights

Mark Ridge won his college campus playwriting competitions for two consecutive years.  He is currently an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate, a proud member of the Pee Wee Herman Fun Club and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. As a playwright, he has been inspired by Tennessee Williams (for his brilliant use of language), Neil Simon (for his brilliant use of humor), and Penny Sycamore (who wrote plays simply because a typewriter was delivered to her home by mistake). Mark's plays include RUSSIAN ROULETTE, OUT WITH A BANG, SOMETHING STRANGE IS HAPPENING AT THE C.C.&C., YOUR CHEATIN' HEART & MY FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES, BESTSELLER and EUPHORIA.  His play KILLING KITTENS was produced by Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis, Indiana  and given a staged reading by La Strada Ensemble Theatre in New Jersey as part of the 2015 Pride Month Rainbow Reading Series. ​ His musical parody 43rd Street was given a staged reading by Three Cat Productions in Chicago and was a finalist in The 2017 Shawnee Playhouse Original Playwriting Competition in Pennysylvania.  His current project, THE VULTURES was a runner up in the 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwrighting Excellence and the winner of The 2018 Jewel Box Theatre Original Play Competition.  The show is scheduled to receive a staged reading in Chicago and a full production in Nebraska, both in 2018.   In 2019, THE VULTURES is scheduled to be produced by Evolution Theatre Company in Ohio  and The Lakewood Theatre in Maine.