WRITING MY WAY OF OF ADOLESCENCE
"Writing My Way out of Adolescence" is a series of five intertwined stories about growing up in Racine, Wis. It's a journey of rebellion in Catholic schools to freewheeling days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the height of anti-war protests and swirling pyschedelia.
The show describes battles between DeMark and his father and a glass-eyed nun and progresses to two wild odysseys that originate in cornfields and end up in police stations. By turns broadly comedic and serious the show is ultimately about the difficulty and importance of maintaining close family ties.
WENT TO LUNCH, NEVER RETURNED
"Went to Lunch, Never Returned (a love story for the vocationally impaired)" describes DeMark's odyssey of moving from Madison to San Francisco for love -- only to discover his relationship was crashing as fast as the California economy. In a 17-month period, DeMark worked at least 22 temporary jobs and took notes in between filing, typing and shredding.
A comedic monologue with serious undertones, "Lunch" is a series of thematically linked stories about work, love, delusion, demonic cars and the struggle to keep faith in oneself in an increasingly insecure workplace and love landscape. Once called the "Best theatrical show of the year in Madison, Wisconsin" by the Wisconsin State Journal.
MAKING EVERY MISTAKE TWICE
“Making Every Mistake Twice" weaves together stories about substitute teaching, show business, teenage mortality and first-time fatherhood.
HARD AS A DIAMOND, SOFT AS THE DIRT
"Hard as a Diamond, Soft as the Dirt" is a tapestry of humorous and poignant stories, songs and poems about baseball and how it connects with the writer's family and friends. It is a multi-media show blending music and baseball images and objects throughout the piece.
On another level, "Hard as a Diamond, Soft as the Dirt" possesses a ritualistic feel, showing how DeMark used a trip to Detroit's Tiger Stadium as a healing ritual to say goodbye to his deceased father. Along the way, the show sheds light on the importance of Hank Aaron's shower shoes, the perils of obtaining Willie Mays' autograph and the serene beauty of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks.
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THEY ATE EVERYTHING BUT THEIR BOOTS
Stories about the joys, tribulations and downright madness of buying and remodeling a home in Humboldt County, Calif., with cameos by Fred Flintstone, Charles Bukowski and the Human Cannonball.
The LaPatina Band, music and stories
Since the fall of 2008, DeMark has been performing with various musicians, putting musical back-up underneath and throughout the stories. The band has now evolved into a grooving six-piece ensemble. Sometimes we just play music and other times we mix in stories with the songs.
The stories include tales of working at Fred Flinstone's Bedrock City, a journey to find Bob Dylan in NYC, a near-disastrous concert by uke master Tiny Tim, a tribute to DeMark's mother, the Hairdo Queen of Racine, Wisconsin, etc. The shows also feature original songs and covers. It's loose and entertaining and available for a show in your venue.
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WRITING MY WAY OF OF ADOLESCENCE