Though a well-known figure in the arts community for over a decade, Mercy communication studies instructor Marc Palmieri now has an international reputation.
Since the April release of his new play, “Waiting for the Host,” Palmieri has made headlines for becoming the first American playwright to produce a full-length play designed for online streaming. Now the play is garnering excitement among audiences in Singapore as Palmieri’s play is making its international streaming debut in Asia from October 15 to November 1.
Singapore is just the latest theatre hub to seize on the timely play. Last week he was featured in Newsday, and the multinational entertainment magazine Time Out featured “Waiting for the Host” in its lead article for the Singapore edition, “Top 15 Things to Do in October.” BroadwayWorld, a theatre news website that reports on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international theatre productions, has lauded Palmieri as one venue after another selects the play for streaming to its culture-hungry audiences.
In recent months, the play has been produced by The Theatre Project in Union, N.J., the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and Penn State Centre Stage Virtual. The Raleigh Little Theatre in North Carolina will stage the play in October, one of seven more productions scheduled this fall at venues ranging from professional theatre to universities and high schools. Palmieri is also working to create a School of Liberal Arts themed event that will present a recording of The Theatre Project performance, provided free to all Mercy students.