Mark Jay Rosen

Mark Jay Rosen

Mark Jay Rosen lives and writes in Olympia, Washington. His plays include "Swept Off His Feet" (Runner Up, 2019 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, Branch County Community Theater, Coldwater, Michigan); "Heart's Desire Motel" (Finalist, 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award; Runner Up, 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, Branch County Community...
Mark Jay Rosen lives and writes in Olympia, Washington. His plays include "Swept Off His Feet" (Runner Up, 2019 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, Branch County Community Theater, Coldwater, Michigan); "Heart's Desire Motel" (Finalist, 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award; Runner Up, 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, Branch County Community Theater, Coldwater, Michigan), “ME 3” (1st Place, 2018 McLaren Comedy Playwriting Competition, Midland Community Theatre, Midland, Texas; 1st Place, 2017 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence; Semi-Finalist, 2019 2nd Annual New Comedies Festival, B Street Theatre), "New Lines" (2017 Fast & Furious Festival, Stage Left Theater, Spokane Washington), “A Place Like Home” (Semi-finalist, 2015 5th Annual Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest), “Long End of the Stick” (Finalist, 2014-15 Reva Shiner Comedy Award Contest; Semi-Finalist, 2014 4th Annual Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest), “The Art Collectors” (Finalist, 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest), “Pillar of the Community” (Semi-finalist, 2014 Driftwood Players 5th Annual Festival of Shorts, Edmonds, Washington), “New Exit” (Semi-Finalist, 2013 Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition), and “The Mediation” (Mary Blanton Creson Prize for Exceptional Potential, 2013 Method and Madness Playwriting Competition, Denton Texas Community Theatre). Mark is a graduate of Columbia College and Rutgers Law School, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • YOU 3
    Freud believed that the psyche is made of three parts—the Id, Ego and Super-Ego—each contributing to create the whole person. What if we were to separate ourselves into this trio? What if this trio is at cross purposes? Imagine your inner self at war with who you love, how you live, or your goals in life. Meet Mary and Jim, two college students who are dating, but who still occasionally think about their...
    Freud believed that the psyche is made of three parts—the Id, Ego and Super-Ego—each contributing to create the whole person. What if we were to separate ourselves into this trio? What if this trio is at cross purposes? Imagine your inner self at war with who you love, how you live, or your goals in life. Meet Mary and Jim, two college students who are dating, but who still occasionally think about their respective exes, Doug and Sylvia. Sylvia’s engagement to Doug results in unexpected consequences, as Mary’s and Jim’s Super-Egos and Ids break loose and run amok. Their Super-Egos try to subvert Sylvia’s and Doug’s engagement, while their Ids try to maintain their current relationships. Chaos ensues as two psychiatrists, Dr. Olga and Dr. Bob, further complicate the situation.
  • Oedipus at Mar-a-Lago
    In this newly discovered ancient Greek tragedy, disgraced King Oedipus, a very stable genius, and his daughter Antigone have wandered for seven years over the Peloponnesian Peninsula in search of a safe haven after he was kicked out of Thebes, despite the fact that he had the largest crowds ever at his coronation. Oedipus and Antigone wander into the Dionysian paradise of Mar-a-Lago, in the city-state of Athens...
    In this newly discovered ancient Greek tragedy, disgraced King Oedipus, a very stable genius, and his daughter Antigone have wandered for seven years over the Peloponnesian Peninsula in search of a safe haven after he was kicked out of Thebes, despite the fact that he had the largest crowds ever at his coronation. Oedipus and Antigone wander into the Dionysian paradise of Mar-a-Lago, in the city-state of Athens, which the oracle Vulpine and Friends has informed him will be his final resting place and where he will receive his golden parachute. Facing prosecution by Crooked Creon, the Special Prosecutor of Thebes, for his alleged crimes—despite the fact that there was no collusion with the Spartans, not even a phone call, he totally denied it—Oedipus enters into a deal with Theseus, the King of Athens, to avoid extradition back to Thebes and spend his final days at Mar-a-Lago—the best deal ever, which will make the Athenians very very happy. But Creon pursues Oedipus to Mar-a-Lago to prosecute him there, making Oedipus the most unfairly treated person in history.
  • Heart's Desire Motel
    Two couples who are best friends. Two college-age cyborgs. A narcissist politician and his wife. All end up in a sleazy motel room after one of the husbands makes a crude pass at his best friend’s wife. Confusion reigns as the wives seek to settle the score with their husbands, the cyborgs worship their creator by making him their sex slave, and the narcissist politician thinks it’s all about him. (Finalist...
    Two couples who are best friends. Two college-age cyborgs. A narcissist politician and his wife. All end up in a sleazy motel room after one of the husbands makes a crude pass at his best friend’s wife. Confusion reigns as the wives seek to settle the score with their husbands, the cyborgs worship their creator by making him their sex slave, and the narcissist politician thinks it’s all about him. (Finalist, 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award; Runner Up, 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence.)
  • The Art Collectors
    Miriam is the owner of a souvenir store in southern Maine who lives off the beaten path, a little too far from the well-traveled coastal route to cash in on the summer tourist invasion. Since her husband’s death, she is desperately in need of cash to repair her store, and resorts to deception to sell her “art.” Jake, an art dealer from New York on the look-out for undervalued art treasures for his gallery,...
    Miriam is the owner of a souvenir store in southern Maine who lives off the beaten path, a little too far from the well-traveled coastal route to cash in on the summer tourist invasion. Since her husband’s death, she is desperately in need of cash to repair her store, and resorts to deception to sell her “art.” Jake, an art dealer from New York on the look-out for undervalued art treasures for his gallery, finds his way to Miriam’s shop and finds an undiscovered gem. Using Freud’s model of the Ego, Id, and Super-Ego, The Art Collectors uncovers Miriam’s and Jake’s innermost thoughts and desires. Finalist, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest, 2014.