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Mark Scharf’s plays have received readings and productions in London, Beijing, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Va, Charlottesville, Va., Washington D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Australia, Canada and Singapore. Mark’s awards include The 2009 Maryland State Theatre Festival’s Special Award for Best Original Script, The Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance's 2008 Award for Best Original Script, The 2008 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, The 2006 Arts and Letters Prize in Drama, Best Play in the 2002 Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and three Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Mark has served as Playwright-in-Residence for Theatre Virginia’s New Voices Program in Richmond, Virginia, and for three terms as Chairman of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival (2003-2006). He teaches Playwriting at the University of Mary Washington. Mark has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Fortune's Child

Susan’s ovarian cancer has come back with a vengeance; no treatment works and chemo even feeds the growth of a tumor – so she decides to abandon treatment despite pressure from her brother Mike not to. Sarah, Susan’s niece, prepares to strike out on her own at college despite pressure from her high school boyfriend. Fortune’s Child follows both women as they escape to fulfill Susan’s wishes to ride horses on the Irish coast, ski in Vail, Colorado and snorkel in Hawaii – and the brother/father and boyfriend they leave behind and must return to if only to say a final good-bye. Fortune’s Child is a bittersweet play about letting go to live despite the hand one is dealt.