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Phonies, Frauds and Fakes

Mark Chrisler

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A whirlwind tour of some of the greatest liars history and nature have to offer. A list that does not include the author's ex-girlfriend who scammed him for four years, about whom he will not be speaking.

Production Info

Cast: 1 total (1 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 80 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“What starts as a witty lecture on history’s biggest lies soon morphs into the fascinating story of Chrisler’s four-year involvement with a girlfriend who turned out to be a pathological liar. As he relates how he fell for one whopper after another, Chrisler is insightful on self-deception and the way great liars exploit our willingness to believe what we want to believe, even when the truth is staring us in the face. Still more ingenious, Chrisler uses those very qualities against us, carefully parceling out information in a way that leaves us eager to know what happens next even after we begin to doubt the reliability of our narrator … an unsettling and irresistible act of storytelling that … illustrates the power of a cracking good yarn.” —Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader

About the Author


  • Mark Chrisler

    Mark Chrisler's plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, New Orleans, and throughout the US, as well as in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has been presented or developed at such places as The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, The San Francisco Playhouse, Ilkhom Theatre, Four Humours Theatre, The Side Project, Springboard Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Curious Theatre Branch and many more. He is the author of over ten full-length and solo plays in addition to nearly a hundred short plays. He received his MFA in dramatic writing from Ohio University and his BA in theater arts from Northern Illinois University. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Newberry Library Fellowship, a special Orgie Award, a NAPAT New Play Award and the Best Emerging Playwright of 2010 award from The Chicago Reader. He lives in Chicago with his wife, where he serves as a resident playwright for Found Objects Theatre Group, an Artistic Associate for Prop Thtr and teaches playwriting for Silk Road Rising Theatre.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/21/2015
Pages 112
ISBN 9780881456059

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Phonies, Frauds and Fakes is produced
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