In the reptile house of a successful zoo, the new intern (who is not at all what she first appears) discovers that the animals she is supposed to care for are going missing at an alarming rate.
When cantankerous Gertie Stovall discovers a limestone cave system under her bankrupt farm house, she attempts, over all manner of unlikely opposition, to cash in on what she views as her slice of the American Dream.
A group of eco-sensitive college students vote down the idea of setting fire to the local intake depot for the local power plant, but one of them does it anyway, leading to a tense whodunnit, a ritual gone wrong, and charges of domestic terrorism.
Mark Rigney has had work produced or developed in twenty-two U.S. states, Canada, and Australia, including at 59e59 (NYC), the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s Plays in Progress Series (Cedar City, UT), the Alleyway Theatre (Buffalo, NY), the Cell Theatre (Albuqerque, NM), the Ark Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), the Forest Roberts Theatre (Marquette, MI) and others. He has won several national playwriting contests, including the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize, the Jury Prize for “The Seven,” and the Panowski Playwriting Award (twice). Two full-lengths are published by Playscripts, Inc. (Ten Red Kings and Acts of God, the latter produced over forty times around the U.S.). His ten-minute plays appear in multiple editions of the Smith & Kraus series, The Best Ten-Minute Plays (2012, 2013, and 2014)
In other work, his novellas and novels, The Skates, Sleeping Bear, and Check-Out Time are published by Samhain, with Bonesy to follow in 2015. His short fiction appears in Witness, Ascent, Unlikely Story, and The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, among fifty other venues. In non-fiction, Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical (Gallaudet) remains happily in print.
When not writing, he has worked as a zookeeper, a sound recordist, a tech director, and as a retail trainer at Borders Books & Music.