Mark St. Germain
Mark St. Germain is an American playwright, author, film and television writer.
Mark St. Germain has written Camping With Henry And Tom (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards), Out of Gas On Lover’s Leap, Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”), Ears On A Beatle, The God Committee, The Collyer Brothers At Home, The Gifts of The Magi (co-written with Randy Courts), The Book of the Dun Cow(co-written by Randy Courts), Johnny Pye and the Fool-Killer (winner of an AT&T “New Plays For The Nineties Award”), Jack’s Holiday, and Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.
His television credits include The Cosby Show (Writer/Creative Consultant), Crime and Punishment and The Wright Verdicts. He co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard’s Duma. He was also a script writer on the CBS Daytime serial As the World Turns.
As a dramatist, St. Germain shows a strong preference for historical fiction, bringing to life historical events and personalities with vivid, imagined dialogue.
Recent works include:
- 2012's Dr. Ruth, All the Way, which reveals the little-known but remarkable history of Karola Ruth Siegel, who fled the Nazis in the Kindertransport before joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper and scout, and, ultimately, becoming known as American TV sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
In the summer of 2011, St. Germain's play The Best of Enemies premiered at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Osha Gray Davidson, St. Germain's play dramatizes the relationship between C.P. Ellis (a local KKK leader) and Ann Atwater (an African-American civil rights organizer) during a racially tense period in the desegregation of Durham, North Carolina schools.
His previous play, Freud's Last Session, premiered in the summer of 2009, also at the Barrington Stage Company, and had a long run at the New World Stages in New York City. Freud's Last Session began its New York previews on July 9, 2010, and officially opened on July 22, 2010. In April, 2011, Freud's Last Session won the Best Play Award from the Off Broadway Alliance.
In 2014, St. Germain premiered his eighth play, Dancing Lessons at Barrington Stage Company. The play will be presented from January 6 - February 7, 2016 at Orlando Shakespeare Theater as part of their 2015-16 Signature Series. The show has recently been produced at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida as a part of their 2014-2015 Mainstage Season. Florida Studio Theatre has partnered with Mr. St. Germain to workshop many of his works in progress.
His relationship with Barrington Stage, the Pittsfield, MA regional theatre where virtually all of St. Germain's recent works have premiered, was memorialized in 2012 when the troupe's Stage 2 venue was renamed the St. Germain Stage.
He has written the award winning children's book, Three Cups.
He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, where he was given the Joe A. Callaway Award; a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writer's Guild East and a Board Member of the Barrington Stage Company. He was awarded the “New Voices In American Theatre” award at the William Inge Theatre Festival.
- Auciub, Don (2014-08-15). "Loners teach each other new steps in 'Dancing Lessons'". Retrieved 2015-02-08.
- "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah" Barrington Stage production notes
- "Dr. Ruth, All the Way" Barrington Stage production notes
- "Mark St. Germain's God Committee Convenes Off-Broadway" Playbill.com, March 11, 2006
- "There Is No God", Playbill.com, April 14, 2006, article about The God Committee, by Robert Simonson
- "The God Committee" review by Joseph N. Feinstein, Showmag.com
- The God Committee - production at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 2007, webpage
- Blanche and Her Joy Boys - Berkshires Week, article by Jeffrey Borak, October 9, 2003
- Duma, the movie -Warner Bros. website
- "Whale Scales" by Iris Fanger, review of Moby Dick, An American Opera, May 10, 2001