Mary Ruth Clarke-Adapting Fiction for the Performing Arts: Is It a Play? TV Show? Movie?

  • February 22, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL

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Mary Ruth Clarke

Adapting Fiction for the Performing Arts: Is It a Play? TV Show? Movie?

LAdapting Fiction for the Performing Arts: Is It a Play? TV Show? Movie?

Screenwriter and playwright Mary Ruth Clarke discusses how to evaluate the potential your novel or story idea has for stage, television or the silver screen. Her theater credits include a host of stage plays that have been performed all over the United States. As a screen writer, she co-authored and starred in the original Meet the Parents, then co-adapted it into the blockbuster movie starring Robert De Niro. Mary Ruth teaches screenwriting and writing for television at Chicago Dramatists, where she is a Resident Playwright and has critiqued "about a gazillion plays and screenplays." She is a regular guest lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet up and ran a Master’s Class for the Chicago Independent Film Project in December. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the Dramatists Guild.

Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original “Meet the Parents” and co-adapted it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro. Her screenplay “Chimney Rock” is under option, and she has been a script doctor for many screenplays, including “A Guy Thing” and “Desperation Boulevard.

Her play Bonhoeffer’s Cost just finished a run at The Agape Actors Co-op in Austin, Texas and has been produced at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia, the Provision Theater in Chicago. Agape also produced her farce Suffer The Long Night, co-written with her “Meet The Parents" partner, Greg Glienna. Suffer The Long Night was also produced in Los Angeles at Meta Theater.

Her play Address Unknown was produced in Chicago by 20% Theater Company, and was also produced by Fury Theater in 2014.

Her solo performance, I Could Kill Him For Dying recently ran at Three Cat Productions in Chicago.

She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where she just finished a 28 hour workshop and had two Saturday Series readings of her almost one-woman musical, Fay Burns. Other recent Saturday Series readings Alice and Celia and Whatever It Takes, a comedy screenplay, directed by Second City’s Pat McKenna.

Mary Ruth teaches screenwriting and writing for television at Chicago Dramatists, and has critiqued about a gazillion plays and screenplays. She is a regular guest lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet up and ran a Master’s Class for the Chicago Independent Film Project in December. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the Dramatists Guild.

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