Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original Meet the Parents and co-adapted
it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro.
Her play Bonhoeffer’s Cost just finished a run at The Agape Actors Co-op in Austin, Texas and has been produced at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia, and the Provision Theater in Chicago. Agape also produced her farce Suffer The Long Night, co-written with her “Meet The Parents" partner, Greg Glienna. Suffer The Long Night was also produced in Los Angeles at Meta Theater.
Her play Address Unknown was produced in Chicago by 20% Theater Company, and was also produced by Fury Theater.
Her solo performance, I Could Kill Him For Dying, ran at Three Cat Productions in Chicago.
Her almost one-woman musical, Fay Burns! had a 28 Hour Workshop and two staged readings at Chicago Dramatists, where she is a Resident Playwright and heads up the screenwriting and television classes.
Recent Saturday Series staged readings include
comedy screenplay, directed by Second City’s Pat McKenna, and her play Right In Front of Us. lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet up and recently ran workshops for Alice and Celia and Whatever It Takes, a
Mary Ruth has critiqued about a gazillion plays and screenplays. She is a regular guest the Off Campus Writer’s Group, the Chicago Independent Film Project, and Renaissance Theaterworks Milwaukee. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the