by Byrne Harrison- Written for Stagebuzz
Mark-Eugene Garcia is the author of several plays and musicals. He is happy to be represented twice in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. He can also be seen as "Javier" in Duncan
Pflaster’s The Taint of Equality. His written theatrical work includes Facing East, One Night at the Golden Boot,(un)missed connections,Inscriptions, and The Holy Cows of Credence South Dakota. Next up is Standby: as part of the New York Fringe Festival.
How did you first get involved in theatre?
My first foray into the theatre was playing my dream role of “The Baker” in Into the Woods. But when it comes to writing, the musicals Ragtime and Once on this Island primarily inspired me. I’ve spent the majority of my theatrical writing devoted to writing musicals. So much of my playwriting is influenced by music.
Who are your biggest influences?
Aside from musicals, I’m influenced by many gay writers. Armistead Maupin, Marc Acito, William Mann. Each of these writers has something in common, other than the characters being gay. They all write wordy, opinionated characters that have something to say and the nerve to say it.
That one guy from ENCORE! on ABC. NYC based Writer/Actor/Storyteller. Theatre Maker. Husband. Bad Hombre. Cat Taunter.