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Mark Nassar is the co-creator of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in New York City history. He originated the role of “Tony,” when the play debuted in NYC and presented the role in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Mr. Nassar has written plays and screenplays and is also an actor, having worked in theater, television and film. As an actor, some directors he has worked with are Paul Mazursky, James Brooks and Christopher Guest. Three of his plays have been produced: The Mayor’s Limo, Johnny Boy’s Graduation, and Birdy’s Bachelorette Party. The Mayor’s Limo is published by Samuel French, was nominated for Best Playwriting at the LA Weekly Theatrical Awards in Los Angeles, and has been adapted into a screenplay for the film A Line in the Sand. Awards for this film include: Audience Award, The Santa Monica Int'l Film Festival; Audience Award, Montana Int'l Film Festival; Audience Award, Bridge Festival Vancouver; Best Narrative Feature, George Lindsey UNA Film Festival; and Grand Jury prize, Canada Int'l Film Festival. . Mr. Nassar also received a Drama-Logue Award for Best Performance in the play, with nytheatre.com commenting, “Nassar’s play courageously keeps a dissenting voice alive while reminding us of the vulnerability and dependency that are inherent to human nature. His Banzai is the classic anti-hero we all hope we are on the inside.” Johnny Boy’s Graduation, currently enjoying a third year run in Chicago, is an interactive play about a party for a guy getting out of prison. Called “The Hottest Show in Town” by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio. Mr. Nassar attended the Djerassi Artists Residency in Woodside, California, where he completed a new play, Shouting in the Wilderness. Mr. Nassar is a graduate of Hofstra University in New York, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Drama. He later studied with acting teacher Eric Morris, author of No Acting Please, amongst others, over a period of 14 years.
Samuel French Titles by Mark Nassar
- Advice to Emerging Playwrights: Keep It Cheap (or How a Virtually Unknown Playwright Landed a World Premiere at a Major Regional Theater)
- Write Your One-Act Play: The Short Form as Thriving Medium
- A Dream Of Shakespeare
- The Classical Fungus of LES BLANCS: In conversation with Drew Lichtenberg, Dramaturg on National Theatre’s production of LES BLANCS
- Making The Opportunity: Theatre As A Place of Belonging
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