123: Inspiration, dedication, and production with playwright Mark Cornell

Mark Cornell is a playwright, director, and filmmaker.  He has had more than 85 of his plays produced in theatres around the world. 

In this episode, Mark talks about his writing process for stage and film, where he finds his inspiration, and tips to keep writing. About halfway thru the interview, we dig into a topic that I don’t think I’ve covered on the podcast before — the experience of having one’s work produced by a theatre company — sometimes the playwright is included in that experience and sometimes… not so much. I found this conversation inspiring and I hope you do too.

Mark Cornell

Most recently, Mark Cornell‘s AACT NewPlayFest award-winning play On Pine Knoll Street premiered at The Sauk in Michigan.  He is currently shooting the feature film The Invite, which he wrote and directs.  He is an ensemble member with Moonlight Stage Company in Raleigh, partner with Paul Newell with Full Nelson Theater, and co-creator of Marked Men Films with Mark Jantzen.  He has an MFA in playwriting from UCLA.

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

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Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

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ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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