Mark standing on the deck of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Mark first gained recognition as a writer with his play ROEBLING: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge. ROEBLING played to sold-out crowds making its premiere at Actors’ NET of Bucks County (PA) kicking off their 2009-10 season. It has since been performed in the town of Roebling, NJ in conjuntion with the Roebling Museum and at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.
Mark has also penned the gripping World War II stage drama RIDING THE COMET which had its premiere in September 2011, also at The NET. RIDING THE COMET was named a TOP FIVE production of 2011 by the Princeton Packet.
Also an accomplished screenwriter, Mark has written six feature screenplays having optioned three feature film scripts for production.
Mark is also an active stage and on-screen actor having appeared in commercials, TV and film. Among his dozens of stage roles include playing Lt. Daniel Kaffee in A FEW GOOD MEN for which he earned a Kelsey Theater Award for 2011 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play. His on-screen credits include commercials for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia 76’ers as well as both independent and major feature films.
Mark frequently speaks and instructs on the subjects of acting, writing and marketing. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild of America.
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A massive story with local roots captures audiences everywhere.
Being a native of Trenton NJ, I've always heard about the Roebling family. It seemed a natural step that my first work be about the Roeblings and their most impressive achievement, the Brooklyn Bridge.
I was quite fortunate to have held two readings of this script in its earlier stages. Edits made following these public readings greatly helped the story and prose. Each of our productions holds special memories. I am most struck by the audience members who approach me after expessing their love of the show. People can't wait to see it again! Also impressive are the cast and crew members who often say the production experience was one othe best they've ever had.
I am very proud of this show and I hope you'll consider producing ROEBLING in your town.
Also by Mark Violi
A gripping World War II drama exploring the themes of family, fear and patriotism
and what can become of us when pushed to the brink.
Also by Mark Violi, the gripping WWII drama RIDING THE COMET.
Stage Play by Mark Violi
Drama; Cast 5M 2F
In WWII Occupied France, a resistance family is visited by two American GIs. A plan is in motion to return them safely to England. But as the family endures the horrors of war, the eldest daughter, Linette, can no longer bear the loss and fragmentation of her family and becomes desperate to restore her peaceful life.
While the younger daughter, Andie, discovers her own way of dealing with grief, Linette is forced into an unfamiliar role. With the Nazis in fast pursuit, the safe return of the GIs is in jeopardy. Fear takes its toll as Linette becomes increasingly desperate.
Named a Top 5 Production of the Year by the Princeton Packet.
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