Marc Palmieri is a very smart and entertaining guy, an actor, writer, teacher, and dad. He tells some great stories about getting a screenplay of his made, some of his first survival jobs, his awesome webseries (The Thing), but the most touching part of the interview well may be when he tells the charming story of how he met his wife.
He and I met when a friend of mine was in a play which he was also in, and we all went out afterwards to a bar. I instantly liked him because he was just fun to be around, but over the years since, I’ve been consistently impressed with the depth of his talent not just as an actor but also as a writer.
In the interview we mentioned the awesome set for his play, Levittown, as designed by Michele Spadaro. Here’s a picture of that set and a link to that feature in the NY Times.
Topics covered in the interview:
- Intro (0:00)
- Hello Marc! (3:51)
- First survival jobs – as a Macy’s “model” and receptionist (5:10)
- Growing up, connection to New York, theater roots (12:00)
- Artsy fartsy literary Shakespeare guy (15:26)
- The Thing Webseries (19:07)
- Playing the lead in the movie, Too Much Sleep (22:25)
- Writing the screenplay Telling You, the scoop (25:45)
- How Marc met his wife – great story! (32:21)
- Exploring question – is art still important if fewer people see it? (44:01)
- Levittown production (and talk about that great set) (47:13)
- Contacting playwriting hero, Christopher Durang (1:01:37)
- Talking about memorable moments of the webseries (1:03:28)
- “Bizarre, Interesting or Horrible Audition Stories” (1:14:16)
As usual my buddy Sal Clemente (of Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra) who wrote the podcast theme song, “Here We Go Again,” plays us out. URO has a concert coming up. Click the link to find out more!