Mark Krause

Mark Krause

Mark Krause writes and draws, dividing his time between the US and Canada. Plays include THE AGE OF ANDY, THE HAIRCUT, LEMONADE, THE INVENTORS, WHAT YOU WILL and THE EXILE. His work has been produced and developed at theatres in the US and Canada, including American Theatre of Actors (NYC), Bloomington Playwrights Project (Indiana), id Theatre (New York), Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (McCall, Idaho...
Mark Krause writes and draws, dividing his time between the US and Canada. Plays include THE AGE OF ANDY, THE HAIRCUT, LEMONADE, THE INVENTORS, WHAT YOU WILL and THE EXILE. His work has been produced and developed at theatres in the US and Canada, including American Theatre of Actors (NYC), Bloomington Playwrights Project (Indiana), id Theatre (New York), Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (McCall, Idaho), Fusionfest (at the Cleveland Playhouse), Maieutic Theatre Works (New York), Boston Theatre Works, Dayton Playhouse (Ohio), Theatre Conspiracy (Florida), Abingdon Theatre Company (New York), JET Theatre (Michigan), Tarragon Theatre (Toronto), Playwrights Theatre Centre (Vancouver) and CanStage (Toronto). He has been shortlisted for the Heideman Award, the Princess Grace Award, the Playwrights First Award, and THE BHTG’s Harris Award. He is the cartoonist for The Dramatist, draws the caption contest on American Theatre’s website and writes and draws the biweekly online strip “10,000P”. Need a giggle?: www.markrause.com

Plays

  • The Age of Andy
    When Wally sells his hardware store, his wife Gladys is ecstatic — who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cash in the house? The lawyer for the deal is happy. The artist renting space from them is happy. Everyone is happy. Except Wally. The fuller his bank account, the emptier he feels. So how to be happy in a material world? Do the unthinkable.
  • The Haircut
    The American banking and housing crises seem far away to Chet and Heather, comfortable Torontonians whose own fortunes are about to soar. But when a Michigan cousin, about to lose her family’s home and with nowhere else to turn, comes for help, Chet and Heather’s world – and sense of themselves – get a cold dose of American reality. How much are we supposed to help others? Is there a fair way to think of...
    The American banking and housing crises seem far away to Chet and Heather, comfortable Torontonians whose own fortunes are about to soar. But when a Michigan cousin, about to lose her family’s home and with nowhere else to turn, comes for help, Chet and Heather’s world – and sense of themselves – get a cold dose of American reality. How much are we supposed to help others? Is there a fair way to think of those who can always do more but – for whatever reasons – don’t?
  • Lemonade
    Ever hear the one about the struggling comedian and his artist wife who sculpts garbage? All they want is a piece of the American dream. Instead, they’re about to lose everything. For the kids’ sake they’ve tried to keep the laughs coming. Will this little family make it? It’s going to come down to the final punch line. 2012/13 Woodward/Newman Drama Award Finalist Yale Drama Series 2010 Available...
    Ever hear the one about the struggling comedian and his artist wife who sculpts garbage? All they want is a piece of the American dream. Instead, they’re about to lose everything. For the kids’ sake they’ve tried to keep the laughs coming. Will this little family make it? It’s going to come down to the final punch line. 2012/13 Woodward/Newman Drama Award Finalist Yale Drama Series 2010 Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1630920339/ref=rdr_ext_tmb
  • The Exile
    Frank has a comfortable life: happily married, a lovely daughter. But something is not right. For months he has felt detached, as if he has been watching his life rather than living it. A vacation did nothing. His psychiatrist was useless. And the feelings are only intensifying. What could it be? It is simple. Frank is becoming a pigeon. “A fanciful, clever play with multiple shades of...
    Frank has a comfortable life: happily married, a lovely daughter. But something is not right. For months he has felt detached, as if he has been watching his life rather than living it. A vacation did nothing. His psychiatrist was useless. And the feelings are only intensifying. What could it be? It is simple. Frank is becoming a pigeon. “A fanciful, clever play with multiple shades of interpretation.” Nancy Stetson, Naples News
  • What You Will
    Three adult sisters gather to hear the specifics of their deceased father’s will. Strange that the will is so confusing (their father was a well known, successful estate planner, after all) or stranger that the sisters have such varied ideas of what the will means? A passionate exploration about the nature of parenting, family and yes, money. Dorothy Silver Award 2009
  • The Inventors
    A clandestine group inside the US government quietly acquires a new technology to find anyone anywhere. The person in charge – an expert in keeping secrets – believes in the mission. But is his government an even better keeper of secrets?