Mark A. Ridge

Mark A. Ridge

Mark A. Ridge currently resides in Chicago and is graduate of The Second City Actor Training Program. He has appeared in shows with the Shawnee Professional Theatre Company, The Court Theatre and was a founding member of The Griffin Theatre Company. Mark 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....
Mark A. Ridge currently resides in Chicago and is graduate of The Second City Actor Training Program. He has appeared in shows with the Shawnee Professional Theatre Company, The Court Theatre and was a founding member of The Griffin Theatre Company. Mark 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 director, his production of THE GREAT NEBULA IN ORION was selected to showcase at the American College Theatre Festival and earned both cast members Irene Ryan nominations. His additional directing credits include BEDROOM FARCE, DICK AND JANE and GRACELAND.


As a playwright, Mark 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 and BESTSELLER.



After a nearly 20 year break working in the film industry, Mark was happy to return to his writing. His recent works include EUPHORIA and KILLING KITTENS, which was produced by Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis, Indiana and received 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 Script Competition in Pennsylvania.


His current project, THE VULTURES was a runner for the 2018 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwrighting Excellence in Michigan and the winner of the 2018 Jewel Box Theatre Original Play Contest in Oklahoma. The show finished in the top five scripts in the Rover Dramawerks New Play Contest and is currently a finalist in the New Works Competition at Khaos Company theatre in Indiana. The script received a staged reading in Chicago by Three Cat Productions, Downeaster Theatre (Michigan) and Khaos Company Theatre (Indianapolis.)

The Vultures was produced by The Florence Community Theatre (Nebraska), Evolution Theatre (Ohio) and Lakewood Theatre (Maine).

The script is scheduled to be published later this year.

Plays

  • The Vultures
    In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.

    The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in...
    In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.

    The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.”

    When the will is read, Hunter West is named as the sole heir, on the condition that he doesn’t suffer from an insanity curse that has plagued the family. If Hunter is declared of unsound mind, a second envelope of the will must be opened, and it will designate an alternate heir.

    As the night progresses and the storm rages, Hunter’s sanity comes into question and one of the group goes missing.

    Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild mannered accountant?

    Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs.

    The Vultures is a modern day adaptation of two classic works, by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehard and Avery Hopwood. These plays, which are both in the public domain, have delighted audiences for nearly one hundred years and were ripe for an update and re-working.
  • 43rd Street
    43rd Street is a musical parody that pays homage to many Broadway and Hollywood musicals and to screen legend Joan Crawford. Utilizing songs from some of Tin Pan Alley's greatest composers and updated lyrics, 43rd Street features singing, dancing, camp humor and men in drag. 43rd Street is the ultimate backstage musical with a decidedly gay sensibility.

    43rd Street was written with...
    43rd Street is a musical parody that pays homage to many Broadway and Hollywood musicals and to screen legend Joan Crawford. Utilizing songs from some of Tin Pan Alley's greatest composers and updated lyrics, 43rd Street features singing, dancing, camp humor and men in drag. 43rd Street is the ultimate backstage musical with a decidedly gay sensibility.

    43rd Street was written with the sole purpose of providing audiences with a fun night at the theatre. There is nothing more exciting or rewarding than hearing a group of people unite in laugher. As Brecht stated, “From the start it has been the theatre’s business to entertain people . . . it needs no other passport than fun.”

    If interested, contact for score, music samples or link to rough demo recordings.
  • Killing Kittens
    Killing Kittens is a story of unlikely, yet lasting friendships; of loss and love and the need for emotional and physical human interaction. A lonely gay man, who suffers from a borderline personality disorder; a fag hag, who truly loves him and the hustler from upstairs in need of an escape from an abusive relationship come together on an unforgettable and touching New Year's Eve. At its' core,...
    Killing Kittens is a story of unlikely, yet lasting friendships; of loss and love and the need for emotional and physical human interaction. A lonely gay man, who suffers from a borderline personality disorder; a fag hag, who truly loves him and the hustler from upstairs in need of an escape from an abusive relationship come together on an unforgettable and touching New Year's Eve. At its' core, Killing Kittens is a play about abuse; about people who abuse themselves; about people who abuse others; and about people who allow themselves to be abused.
  • Euphoria
    Joe March is not a happy man. He's stuck in a dead-end job. His boyfriend has left him for a younger man. The crush he has on his neighbor is going nowhere. He's about to turn forty and there's a naked stranger in his bed!

    When his friends want to whisk him away on a surprise birthday getaway, what's a nice, gay guy supposed to do? Go along for the ride!

    ...
    Joe March is not a happy man. He's stuck in a dead-end job. His boyfriend has left him for a younger man. The crush he has on his neighbor is going nowhere. He's about to turn forty and there's a naked stranger in his bed!

    When his friends want to whisk him away on a surprise birthday getaway, what's a nice, gay guy supposed to do? Go along for the ride!

    Danger, drugs, hilarious characters, disaster and true love are all just a road trip away!

    If Joe can survive the weekend, he just might find Euphoria.