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Mark Soper : Bio

mark soperIn 2004 Mark teamed up with Ines Wurth to form IMC Productions. Their first show, “I Miss Communism” a solo work featuring Ines Wurth, was directed by Mark and written collaboratively by Ines and Mark. It ran successfully in Los Angeles, and then was a hit at the ’05 and ’06 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals receiving nominations for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and the Writer’s Guild Award; and winning the Best of the Best Fringe Award for Best Touring Show of ’06. Ines is currently touring Ireland and the U.K. with the show.

In ’07, Mark and Ines took two shows to Edinburgh, “Change: The Upcoming War with Iran” and “An Age of Angels.” “Change” written by Mark was work-shopped at Edinburgh. “Angels,” a solo performance piece featuring Mark and directed by Ines, ran to rave notices in Los Angeles before making
the trip East where it was similarly, glowingly received.

Mark began acting professionally with the Philadelphia Theatre Company, at the Walnut Street Theatre, before graduating from Swarthmore College. Upon graduating he moved to New York City and began a season with the renowned Circle Repertory Theatre then under the direction of Marshall Mason and Lanford Wilson. Mark starred in the critically acclaimed, “Feedlot” and also worked on Albert Innaurato’s “Ulysses in Traction”; and the Wedekind, Lulu plays.

Mark next did a season at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre. Here he performed in the Obie Award winning production of “Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks” directed by A.J. Antoon; the hit show, “Sunday Runners in the Rain” by Israel Horowitz, and a cabaret show, “A Shining City” based on the writings of Horatio Alger.

In the following years Mark worked on some 30 productions in New York and Los Angeles such as, “Hedda Gabler” and “Three Sisters” at the Egyptian Arena Theatre; “Bishop Street” at the Actor’s Studio; “Warriors of a Long Childhood” at the American Place Theatre; “Candida” at The Roundabout Theatre; Harry Kondoleon’s “Fairy Garden” at The Second Stage; “Vieux Carre” and “Big Apple Messenger Service” at The W.P.A. Theatre; “2nd Prize 2 Months in Leningrad at The Perry Street Theatre; “Streamers” at AMDA; and “Snakes in the Cane” at The West Bank Theatre with the Emmy Award Winning author, John Ford Noonan.

Regionally Mark starred as Chance Wayne in “Sweet Bird Of Youth” at the Alley Theatre, as Romeo in Shakespeare’s “Romeo And Juliet” at the Walnut Street Theatre; Colonel Lyttle in “The Emigration of Adam Kurtzig” at the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival. He also played Donalbain in “Macbeth” at The Longwharf Theater.

Mark reprised his performance of Chance Wayne opposite Lauren Bacall’s Princess in the National Tour of Tennessee William’s “Sweet Bird of Youth” directed by Michael Blakemore.

On film, Mark will long be remembered as the ill fated “gradual student,” Michael Milton, in “The World According to Garp.” Other roles include, the demented twin brothers, Terry and Todd in “Nightmare at Shadow Ridge” where Mark starred opposite Louise Lasser; “Swordfish;” General’s Daughter;” “Phenomenon;” “Bar Hopping;” “Graveyard Shift II, the Understudy;” “The In Crowd;” and “The Tempest;” directed by Paul Mazursky.

On TV Mark starred in the films “Parole” with Ellen Barkin and James Naughton; “Wilson’s Reward” opposite Sandy Dennis; “The Mississippi” with Ralph Waite; Marvin Chompsky’s “Attica;” and the Emmy Winning “Kent State.” He has Guest Starred on “The Equalizer;” “T.J. Hooker;” and “Judging Amy.” He has had reoccurring roles on “Luving” and “One Life to Live;” and was a Season Regular on “Knots Landing.”

As a writer, Mark’s solo piece “An Age of Angels” played at the Egyptian Arena Theatre where it received Critic’s Choice and Pick of the Weekend by the LA Times. In Edinburgh it received four-star reviews and was designated as “A Hot Show” by the Scotsman. His first solo piece, “Tantra LA” was performed at the Stella Adler Theatre and received The Ticket Holder Award and was Pick of the Weekend for four consecutive weeks in Entertainment Today.

Mark’s four play cycle, the Clayton Cycle consists of: “And The Wolf Finally Came”, Mentor Prize recipient, The Philadelphia Theatre Company; “Trickle Down,” optioned by The Steppenwolf Theatre Company; “High Torque Whine”, produced at The West Bank Theatre, screenplay adaptation, finalist, Sundance Film Festival; and “A Place Called Home” produced by the M.W. Entertainment Group a the John Houseman Theatre in New York.

Other plays include, “Ohio,” “Communion,” “The Harp,” “Paradise Fallen,” “Peace in the Middle East,” “To Know Love and Serve the Lord,” and “Rehearsal for the End of the World.”

Other plays include, “Ohio,” “Communion,” “The Harp,” “Paradise Fallen,” “Peace in the Middle East,” “To Know Love and Serve the Lord,” and “Rehearsal for the End of the World.”

Mark is a founding member of the Grace Player’s Theatre Company and a member of the Actor’s Studio Directors, Playwriting Unit.

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