Mark Harvey Levine

Mark Harvey Levine

Mark Harvey Levine is an award-winning playwright with over 1750 productions of his plays all over the world from New York to Bucharest to Jakarta to London. His work has been seen at such theatres as the Actors Theatre Of Louisville, City Theatre of Miami and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Evenings of his short plays have been produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in Amsterdam, Sao...
Mark Harvey Levine is an award-winning playwright with over 1750 productions of his plays all over the world from New York to Bucharest to Jakarta to London. His work has been seen at such theatres as the Actors Theatre Of Louisville, City Theatre of Miami and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Evenings of his short plays have been produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Indianapolis, Columbus, Providence, and other cities. An evening of his plays had a National tour of Brazil from 2007-2010. His work has been translated into seven languages. Eleven of his plays appear in the "Best Ten Minute Play" Anthologies from Smith & Kraus, and other plays appear in the Anthologies "Laugh Lines", "Shorter, Faster, Funnier" and “Plays For Two” from Random House. A Spanish language film version of his play “The Kiss” (“El Beso”) just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University's School of Drama and currently lives in Pasadena, California with his lovely wife and son. More info at www.markharveylevine.com.

Plays

  • A Case Of Anxiety
    Robert keeps dying, over and over again. An Agatha Christie-like Inspector tries to solve the case, but only his wife Marissa can truly save him.

    "a bring-down-the-house finale"
    -- Anthony Vitello Jr, NYTheatreGuide.com
  • A Very Special Hanukkah Special
    Murray Baum wishes Hanukkah was just as big as Christmas -- and learns to be careful what you wish for as he runs through a mashup of every Christmas special ever
  • A Very Special Holiday Special (An Evening of Holiday Plays)
    Eight comedies about Christmas and Hanukkah and where they meet.

    "If you don't catch this show, you are depriving yourself of the best holiday present, this year."
    - Ingrid Wilmot, Willcall.org

    "...more than a few times doubling over in hilarity"
    -- Dany Margolie, Long Beach Press Telegram

    "It is a thought-provoking night...
    Eight comedies about Christmas and Hanukkah and where they meet.

    "If you don't catch this show, you are depriving yourself of the best holiday present, this year."
    - Ingrid Wilmot, Willcall.org

    "...more than a few times doubling over in hilarity"
    -- Dany Margolie, Long Beach Press Telegram

    "It is a thought-provoking night at the theater. By turns hilarious and pensive...80 minutes of solid and worthwhile theater"
    -- Kim Hastings, Axs.com

    "Fit this little gem under your Menorah or into your Christmas stocking."
    -- Lynn Geyer, TheSubTimes.com
  • A Walk In The Ocean
    Relationships are deep and mysterious, like the sea. Fortunately, there is a place in Mobile, Alabama, where you can take A Walk In The Ocean.

    "These tender moments are well observed...melancholy snapshots of nice guys as their women move on"
    Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post (Washington, DC)
  • The Big Picture
    A desk in kindergarten can be a battlefield when the crayons come to life.

    "...the stronger one being The Big Picture, where each crayon in the box worries about being used up by their artist. It drives home the sentiment that your life as an individual is important, but what you leave behind among all of the lives you touch will shine on long after you are gone."
    -- Anne Evans,...
    A desk in kindergarten can be a battlefield when the crayons come to life.

    "...the stronger one being The Big Picture, where each crayon in the box worries about being used up by their artist. It drives home the sentiment that your life as an individual is important, but what you leave behind among all of the lives you touch will shine on long after you are gone."
    -- Anne Evans, Columbus Underground (Columbus, OH)
  • Drive-Thru
    Ron is looking for a little human contact but gets more than he ordered.

    "some fascinating psychological material"
    -- J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus
  • Cabfare For The Common Man (An Evening of Plays)
    CABFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN is a journey through seven short stories of extraordinary things happening to ordinary people. A couple who wake up to find the script of the play that they are in, a psychic can only see two minutes into the future, a woman receives a rented boyfriend, a man finds a cabdriver perched on his bed -- and more.

    "imagination, charm and wit"
    -- Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Cabfare For The Common Man (Ten Minute Play)
    A perfectly ordinary man goes on the cab ride of his life. How will he know when he's arrived?

    "...the writing is crisp, the action is fast-paced... this rollicking, uplifting comedy is the perfect way to end the evening"
    Shirle Gottlieb, Long Beach Press-Telegram
  • Crazy Love (An Evening of Plays About Love)
    CRAZY LOVE is eight short stories about love – between lovers, friends, neighbors and livestock.
  • Didn't See That Coming (An Evening of Plays About Fortune and Fate)
    DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING is eight short stories featuring ordinary people in not-so-ordinary situations. There's death and kissing, superheroes and chinese food, and a lot of surprises.

    "remarkable for the diversity and originality of its subject matter, notable for its sense of humor and laudable for its generally humanist stance. The pieces are as consistently dissimilar as they...
    DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING is eight short stories featuring ordinary people in not-so-ordinary situations. There's death and kissing, superheroes and chinese food, and a lot of surprises.

    "remarkable for the diversity and originality of its subject matter, notable for its sense of humor and laudable for its generally humanist stance. The pieces are as consistently dissimilar as they are consistently entertaining, which makes the evening that much more of a wonder, incorporating everything from straight-on madcap to aw-shucks sweetness... I'm betting you'll take at least a little something — on top of the laughter — from all of them. It's a tremendous evening of little theater."
    Michael C. Moore, Kitsap Sun (Washington State)
  • God Forbid
    A gun control play. Three gun-owners don't *want* to use their guns. God forbid!
  • The Heinrich Maneuver
    A thrilling tale of international intrigue, floral fighting, forbidden love and a killer blackberry cobbler.
  • Howard
    Howard is about time travel, regrets, and how to make the perfect BLT.

    "another superb Levine comedy" -- Kathleen Kirby, Flint Journal
  • The Kiss
    In "The Kiss", Dennis asks his best friend Allison to judge his kissing skills. Can he help it if she has to kiss him to do it?

    "The Kiss" is breezy and enjoyable" -- Ted Hadley, The Buffalo News

    "The evening's best play" -- Carl Hoover, The Waco Tribune-Herald
  • I'm On A Train (a one minute play)
    A character misses their loved one... and so imagines them on a train.

    "the play that everybody talked about every night"
    -- Rebecca Cook, quoted in The Insider
  • In The Jar
    Six insects must fight for their lives while they're serving time...in a jar.

    "For laugh-out-loud comedy, it's hard to beat the script... the bugs' appearance and predicament are both hilarious. Then when [actor] Rincon is thrown in as a ladybug, the audience goes completely wild."
    -- Shirle Gottlieb, Long Beach Press-Telegram
  • Lesson #7: Past Participants (a one minute play)
    An English Language lesson turns into a totally different kind of lesson.
  • LA 8 AM
    Some things can be reduced to numbers. Some can't.

    "...Top among them are... "LA, 8 A.M.," Mark Harvey Levine's devastating, sublimely imagined seize-the-day sonata ideal for a post Sept. 11, 2001 world."
    -- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Morning
    "Morning" is a dialogue-free play that takes place in the World's Smallest Bathroom, as an increasing number of people try to get ready for their day.
  • Ordained
    She's got a license. And she's not afraid to use it.
  • The Order (a one minute play)
    A couple at a restaurant decide the rest of their lives together.

    "laugh out loud funny"
    -- H.G.Welch, Red Pub (Houston, TX)
  • Oy Vey Maria
    It was supposed to be a silent night in the manger. But then Mary's mother shows up...

    "one of the funniest little plays I have seen in the past year"
    -- J. Peter Bergman, The Berkshire Edge
  • Passed Hordes
    Passed Hordes is a play about perception, connection, and the importance of really good hors d'oeuvres.

    "My vote for the best piece of the night, though, would be for "Passed Hordes," an ingenious little charmer by noted Los Angeles one-act playwright Mark Harvey Levine"
    -- Michael C. Moore, Kitsap Sun
  • Plato's Cave
    Is this all there is?
  • Plato's Cave (one minute version)
    Is this all their is?
  • The Prodigal Cow
    A familiar story told from a slightly more bovine point of view.

    "Totally unexpected, and utterly charming."
    -- Malcolm Fordham, The Courier Herald (Dublin, GA)
  • The Remote
    A married couple becomes possessed by television in this play, designed as a tour de force for the actors.

    "Director Anthony Galleran and especially actors Christina Martinez and Jeremy Gable all deserve some kind of golden, shiny, award thingy for taking on Remote, a crazy-paced piece in which a couch-potato couple suddenly becomes possessed by TV soundbites whenever one holds the clicker....
    A married couple becomes possessed by television in this play, designed as a tour de force for the actors.

    "Director Anthony Galleran and especially actors Christina Martinez and Jeremy Gable all deserve some kind of golden, shiny, award thingy for taking on Remote, a crazy-paced piece in which a couch-potato couple suddenly becomes possessed by TV soundbites whenever one holds the clicker. The rapid-fire delivery breaking up normal conversation just screams lockjaw for them—and a blast for the audience."
    -- Stacy Davies, the OC Weekly, Orange County, California
  • The Rental
    Sonya receives an extraordinary birthday present -- a rented boyfriend. He's the perfect man for her -- but he's only there for a day.

    "fifteen minutes of sparkling repertee"
    Nick Crews, Indianapolis Star
  • Saver
    David and Tina are getting ready to go to their adult daughter's house for dinner. David's elderly father, Arthur, seems to be "not all there" anymore. So where is he?

    "a multilayered meditation on savoring each moment."
    -- Jay Weitz, Columbus Alive
  • Scripted
    Scripted is about a couple who wake up to find the script of the play that they are in -- the very play we're watching. Everything they do, every word they're about to say has already been written down for them.

    “Scripted is...a single whoppingly fantastic idea for a one-act play"
    Alan R. Hall, Classical Voice of North Carolina

    "Scripted...is a charming...
    Scripted is about a couple who wake up to find the script of the play that they are in -- the very play we're watching. Everything they do, every word they're about to say has already been written down for them.

    “Scripted is...a single whoppingly fantastic idea for a one-act play"
    Alan R. Hall, Classical Voice of North Carolina

    "Scripted...is a charming romantic comedy"
    Jack Zink, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal
  • Shades
    A single moment in time, seen from many angles.

    "Mark Harvey Levine...is certainly a heartening find. His plays are... smart, humane, funny, and indicate a terrific sense of theatrical craft. Just as sweet and original is Shades... a neatly impressionistic take on human relationships."
    -- Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
  • Shakespeare Lives!
    Shakespeare's tomb says "cursed be he that moves my bones". Now you find out why.

    "comically excellent...fast-paced and improbably silly ..."
    -- Kathleen Kirby, The Flint Journal
  • Sketch Book (An Evening of Plays In A Park)
    An evening of short works that can all be performed in a Park.

    A man has the unique ability to pick up coins in a fountain and tell peoples wishes. A new father is taking his baby to the park for a little fresh air and a little panic. A young lady would like you to know she’s not homeless -- she’s a birthday party. A man is preaching to a crowd, but his girlfriend has a message of her own. And more!
  • Smitten
    Breaking up is hard to do, especially when you're dating a deity.
  • Smitten (one minute version)
    Breaking up is hard to do, especially when you're dating a Deity.
  • Superhero
    Have you been ignored, insulted, discarded all your life? You may be a Superhero.

    "A touching riff on personal fear"
    Wenzel Jones, Backstage West

    "Levine moves beyond ample laughs to make a poignant point about the everyday courage to be yourself."
    Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch
  • Surprise
    Peter is a psychic who can only see two minutes into the future. Unfortunately, all this gives him is the ability to drive his date slowly insane. But even a psychic can be surprised.

    "a lovely little piece of sleight-of-mouth that would be at home in a David Ives collection...a little gem"
    Joshua Tanzer, OffOffOff.com (New York)
  • Tag (three minute version)
    Recess never ends.
  • Tag (one minute version)
    Recess never ends.
  • Ten Picnics
    Over a series of ten picnics, a young man comes to terms with his parents and his life.

    "The most enchanting and gorgeously structured play is Mark Harvey Levine’s Ten Picnics, which in just a few minutes twists and turns through the years at a single spot in space...both poignant and funny, and always grounded in observation of real life."
    --Margaret Quamme, The Columbus...
    Over a series of ten picnics, a young man comes to terms with his parents and his life.

    "The most enchanting and gorgeously structured play is Mark Harvey Levine’s Ten Picnics, which in just a few minutes twists and turns through the years at a single spot in space...both poignant and funny, and always grounded in observation of real life."
    --Margaret Quamme, The Columbus Dispatch

    "...a tender homage to the family and the circle of life that drives it...This is an intelligent script, gracefully handled. "
    -- John Quinn, EncoreMichigan.com
  • Two Minute Warning (a two minute play)
    A very silly little piece where two announcers do the play by play... of a play.

    "Another highlight was Two Minute Warning... The absurdness of it... garnered lots of laughs from the audience."
    --Anne Evans, Columbus Underground
  • Up On The Roof
    Jason is looking for a sign from God. Carrie is looking for a little help with the dishes.

    "Mark Harvey Levine’s writing is touching and authentic in how it captures love’s fragility"
    -- Mary Mallory, Tolucan Times
  • Your Move (a one minute play)
    An odd little one minute play that takes place in a bar.
  • Take Our Picture
    Phillip and Margaret ask a stranger to Take Our Picture, but they get a different image of themselves than they expected.