Marv is a well-produced playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild. In addition, he was formerly the Producing Artistic Director of the esteemed Manhattan Playwrights.
His darkly-comedic stage play, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GOD as told to Mel Schneider was the first play chosen by the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan for the organization’s Springboard Staged Reading Series, along with works by Israel Horowitz and Ivan Menchall (The Cemetery Club). After additional staged readings, including one produced by the After Six Theatre Company at the Jose Quintero Theatre on West 42nd Street in Manhattan to an SRO audience, the play was produced in New York City by the Slice-of-Life Theatre Company in a limited off-Broadway run starring Ron Palillo of Welcome Back Kotter fame, receiving rave reviews. (“...one of the brightest dark comedies you’ll ever see” – New York Theatre Wire) as well as a feature in Time Out New York Magazine. Furthermore, after the head of religious studies at Malloy College saw the play she invited Marv to debate the existence and meaning of God with a number of religious leaders at the college before an audience of 500. Subsequently the college presented a staged reading of the controversial play which included a post-reading discussion with the playwright.
Marv's full-length comedy GENERATIONS APART was initially workshopped and presented as a staged reading by The Theater Project (a professional theatre company) in New Jersey. Marv refined the play during additional staged readings including at the venerable 13th Street Repertory Theatre in New York City and the Union Club. He then submitted it through a Dramatists Guild solicitation to The Theatre Conspiracy in Ft. Myers, Florida where it was chosen from more than 1000 plays to be produced (“..hilarious and heartwarming..” – Island Reporter) (“..entertaining production, thanks to Siegel’s funny, frothy script..” – Naples Daily News). After the run The Theater Conspiracy submitted the play for Pulitzer Prize consideration. Subsequently GENERATIONS APART has been produced numerous times, and (retitled as JACK BENNY’S NOT 39 ANY MORE!) it has been published by ArtAge, the leading senior theatre resource center in the country (www.seniortheatre.com).
Marv’s other plays include TAKING SECRETS TO THE GRAVE, PATTY AND LAINIE (“...the funniest of the new works.” – TalkinBroadway.com) which received two separate New York City productions, LIKE MARSHMALLOW CHICKS IN A BOX, MOSES OF THE NEW MILLENIUM, THE HOSPITAL ROOM and POWERBALLS. His play THIS IS NOT A TEST had its world premiere at the Friars Club in New York City in 2004. It was subsequently entered into the Samuel French New Play Competition where it was a 2005 finalist. His plays, SIGNALS,STANDING TALL and NO RETURNS also had their world premieres at the Friars Club and have been produced numerous times nationwide. (SIGNALS and STANDING TALL are also published by ArtAge).
Marv's most recently completed plays include THE BIOGRAPHY OF MARGARET DAWSON and MICKEY AND ANTHONY, and he is currently writing CHRONIC DISEASES.
Synopses, cast breakdowns and dialogue samples can be found for the above plays by clicking on the completed works section.
Aside from writing stage plays, Marv has written a number of screenplays including GOD, LAWYERS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN (a loose adaptation of his stage play THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GOD as told to Mel Schneider) and THE SERUM, which is the story of a savant who develops a serum which can cure any disease, and his quest to give this gift to the world. It is an indictment of the slow-grinding medical bureaucracy in the United States.
Marv has also dabbled in writing for television. He wrote two scripts for the television sci-fi show SLIDERS at the invitation of the show’s creator and has written three television pilots, D.E.A. NEW YORK, THE TALENT AGENTS and THE SEVENTH PRECINCT.