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MARK WITTEVEEN

Mark Witteveen’s work has been seen in various theaters, including: Fusion Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Trilogy Theatre, and others.  His full-length play Raising Peacocks was seen at Barter Theatre’s Festival of Appalachian Plays, 2008.  Several other plays include: Driver’s Test, third place winner in the Nantucket National Short Play Contest; FOR And Against, winner - Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region III, 2006; and State Champion, finalist - Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award. Witteveen is also a screenwriter.  His full-length script The Soldiers Of Breakfast was a quarterfinalist in the 2009 Nicholls Competition; and a short script, Publish And Perish, was a finalist in the 2010 Canadian National Short Screenplay competition.  Witteveen earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and lives in Rochester, New York.

Pigeon Hill

Over one month in 2010, we are introduced to a gallery of characters who inhabit an unnamed American city, hard hit by economic crisis. A developer tries to buy run-down homes but is frustrated at every attempt. Two city marshals dispense rough jokes while serving summonses. A paralegal yearns to leave the city then finds herself in love. A husband risks re-location money gambling on the upcoming Super Bowl. A mother thwarts a home invader. A lawyer, traumatized by a past event, defends greedy corporate clients. A musician falls victim to her landlord’s graft; violence erupts: a traveler escapes danger in foreign lands only to find menace in a local bar. Inexplicitly, a dance instructor gets his electricity shut off; he refuses to be a victim. The intertwined stories reflect an integrated humanity in crisis. Each individual spirit cut open. And exposed. An unforgettable portrait of a contemporary American city.