Playwrights & Performers: Peter Michael Marino
We chat with writer and performer Peter Michael Marino. Peter conceived and wrote the musical adaption of Desperately Seeking Susan using music from Blondie, the rock band headed by Debbie Harry. It opened on the West End in London in 2007 and then closed after just a month of performances. Peter tells us about his experience developing the show, suffering through the stages of grief when it closed, turning it into a hit in Japan, and the redemption of writing and performing a one-man show, Desperately Seeking the Exit, about the experience.
We also talk about how Vampire Lesbians of Sodom inspired his career, the time he spent as a dancer on Club MTV, his years as a performer in STOMP, and his plans for the future. Every aspiring artist, writer, and performer should know Peter’s story. It’s a testament to perseverance, hard work, hope, and fearlessness.
Peter is performing Desperately Seeking The Exit in New York City at Triple Crown Underground, March 22 and 23, 8 pm (tickets are pay-what-you-can and available on a first-come, first-served basis) and at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.