Mark Whicker

Mark Whicker

I have worked since 1974 as a professional sports writer and columnist for newspapers in Winston-Salem, N.C, Dallas, Philadephia and Orange County, Ca. I have won three state Sportswriter of the Year awards, was twice on the list of Top 10 columnists as voted by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and won the 2014 Nat Fleischer Award for distinguished boxing writer. In 2020 I was named to the U.S. Basketball...
I have worked since 1974 as a professional sports writer and columnist for newspapers in Winston-Salem, N.C, Dallas, Philadephia and Orange County, Ca. I have won three state Sportswriter of the Year awards, was twice on the list of Top 10 columnists as voted by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and won the 2014 Nat Fleischer Award for distinguished boxing writer. In 2020 I was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame. I am 67 years old and live in Long Beach, Ca. with my wife and son. I am attempting to launch a playwriting career, beginning with classes at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Ca. with instructor Diana Burbano.

Plays

  • From The Neck Up
    Kevin Tomalski played football the way all players should, intelligently and at maximum speed. His spirit endured but his brain didn't. His parents Forrest and Hilda watch his downward spiral, and suddenly have to deal with their own guilt and anger. Girlfriends, coaches, agents and sudden late-night friends try to pull Kevin back from his fate.
  • The Real Chris
    Christine and Lenora are engaged, but first they travel to Iowa to see if Lenora's dad approves. It doesn't matter much to Chris but it means the world to Lenora.
  • MMXX
    The events of 2020 have driven Frank to the brink. But his plans to escape to Canada are confronted by Alex, a border guard who has heard all this before.
  • Seven Hundred Square Feet
    James and Gloria threw themselves into their work for years in a feverish attempt to distract themselves from the death of their son Paul. Covid-19 stopped them in their tracks. As they feel the walls in their Upper West Side apartment closing in, they grow both closer and farther apart.
  • Vote For Herbert
    He had never run for office before, but Herbert Granger found himself with time on his hands and an insufferable opponent to beat, so he went for it. At age 82.
  • Peach Season
    Nathan's dad Andrew is slipping further into dementia, but that's far from his only problem. His wife Elizabeth has apparently taken up with his brother, and his adult daughters are both living at home and are anything but low-maintenance. Since it's 2020, Covid-19 rears its ugly head as well.
  • Bailey Drake
    Bailey Drake is an aging, wisecracking, tough-minded convenience store owner in the middle of the Mojave Desert, her world defined by the traffic that runs from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Along with the random tourists that she tries to entertain, she deals with an extended family of customers who wander in and out of the store, all with their own stories, problems and dreams. When Bailey's brother shows up...
    Bailey Drake is an aging, wisecracking, tough-minded convenience store owner in the middle of the Mojave Desert, her world defined by the traffic that runs from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Along with the random tourists that she tries to entertain, she deals with an extended family of customers who wander in and out of the store, all with their own stories, problems and dreams. When Bailey's brother shows up after a long run from the law, she's reminded of the demands of love and trust.
  • Protect Yourself At All Times
    Curtis "The Hammer" Jerome is a 30-year-old boxer who is in position to fight for a title, but when he accidentally causes the death of an opponent in the ring, he struggles to regain his footing in the ring and in his relationships. As he tries to avoid being manipulated by his promoter and his girlfriend, and as he remains haunted by unfinished business back home, he tries to find the focus needed to become a champion.