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MARK JAY MIRSKY
Mark Jay Mirskys theatrical career began in earnest at the Boston Public Latin School where he won the gold medal as a junior for his rendition of Richard the Thirds opening soliloquy in Shakespeares play. He won first prize at the New England Tournament of Orators in 1957 performing this. At Harvard, as a freshman John Van Italie, who would go on to write the play, America Hurrah! cast Mark as the mad King Phillip in De Ghelderodes Escurial. He also played opposite Richard Jordan (who would go on to Hollywood) in Ibsens The Master Builder and by the end of the year performed as the Earl of Gloucester at the Peabody Playhouse opposite Harold Scotts King Lear. In 1961, Mirsky directed the third production on the main stage of the Loeb Theatre, Ben Jonsons The Alechemist. He performed at the Provincetown Playhouse during the summers of 1959 and 1969, playing the lead in ONeills Touch of the Poet, and in 1961 at the Branford Theatre (with Sally Kirkland), receiving an Actors Equity Card in 1962 at the Woodstock Playhouse where he shared the stage with Estelle Parsons and Crystal Field, and sang the role of Tiger Brown in Three Penny Opera. During the 1960s he directed Frank Langella, Warren Finnerty, Jud Hirsch in medieval mystery plays at Saint Marks Church in the Bouerie, one televised nationally on CBS and several one act plays of Charles Mee. Two one act plays of his own (The Leak, O Family Bliss) were optioned and reached the point of staged readings (one in Boston directed by Tim Affleck) but with the publication of his first novel, Thou Worm Jacob, he took a temporary leave from his first love (though at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor in 1967 he founded a drama group, returning to Manhattan, a staged reading at The Circle in the Square). His continuing wish to return to the theater is evidenced in The Absent Shakespeare, (1994) nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and his latest book, The Drama in Shakespeares Sonnets, A Satire to Decay, an attempt to find the plot in the Quarto of 1609 (Fairleigh Dickenson University Press, 2011). As a novelist and essayist he has published over thirteen books, among them the novel, Blue Hill Avenue (1972), ranked in 2009 by the Boston Globe as one of the 100 Best Books of New England. He continues to write plays and after Mother Hubbards Cupboard completed six more; one of which, The B Student, recently had a staged reading at City College under the direction of Marc Palmieri.
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Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
A family in turmoil. Mother Hubbard's exhausted, her cupboard bare, her children rebellious. Where's their neglectful Father? Hiding in the walls of the house. Someone arrives from the pest control company. Isn't it time this rat be removed for good?
The Soho Playhouse, New York International Fringe Festival 2007
Golem Media, Inc.
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