The internet and social media has revolutionized our world! It has become its own microcosm and even created its own form of language! But what happens when social media keeps people from socializing? Amanda and Marvin may be Facebook friends, but they might not be real friends after this date in this One Act entitled “Face to Facebook.”
We caught up with playwright Mark Harvey Levine to learn about how this story hits too close to home and his return to Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival!
- Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but now live in Pasadena, California. I’m married, and we have a son. I listen to Soft Rock, but I play it really loud.
- What is your background in theatre?
I’ve been acting since I was 11 years old. I got into Carnegie-Mellon University’s acting program for college, but then in my freshman year they started an undergraduate playwriting program, so I applied and got into that. I started writing ten minute plays in 1998, and have really enjoyed them ever since. I’ve had productions of them all over the world, from Jakarta to Bucharest. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Seoul, South Korea, to see productions of my plays in translation.
- How did you find out about Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival?
My play “The Kiss” was in the Festival in 2012 — so that’s where I know about Stage Door now. I forget how I first found out about the festival, but I belong to several playwriting groups where we all share opportunities, so it was probably one of them.
- What inspired or motivated you to write this One Act?
It’s me. I spend way too much time on Facebook. But through my plays I’m honored to have met people from all over the world — what a wonderful way to be able to keep in touch with all of them!
- How did you feel upon the selection of your Act to be performed by Stage Door Productions?
Very excited! I’m thrilled to once again be part of the festival.
- What do you hope the audience takes away from your story?
Well, mostly I want folks to laugh. But it’s a cautionary tale for me, so maybe it will be for other people too.
- What doors do you expect to be opened for you from this selection and process?
I’m always happy to meet more theater people and get more productions of my plays!
- What’s next for you?
Upcoming productions include my very first production in Alaska, two plays in Madlab Theatre’s “Theatre Roulette” in Columbus, Ohio, and later in the year, a whole evening of my holiday plays called “A Very Special Holiday Special” at Little Fish Theatre Company in San Pedro, California. I’ll be posting all about it on Facebook…
Put down your cell phones and come check out this One Act on the 3rd floor of the Kitt Creative Studios at 810 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Performances will be at 7:30 PM on the following days:
Click on any of the dates above to get your tickets now!