Mike Folie


A middle-aged playwright/speechwriter given one more chance to have a play produced on Broadway remembers three charismatic older men who influenced his life and art.


A romantic comedy set in a dystopian future.


A man becomes so enraged when his doctor tells him he will die someday that he embarks with his wife on a manic cross-country crime spree, picking up some odd-ball characters along the way.

Mike’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, regionally around the U.S. and internationally, winning several awards. Dramatist Guild Magazine named him one of “Fifty Playwrights to Watch.”

Born and raised on the New Jersey shore, Mike graduated from Rutgers University with B.A.s in English and Theatre. He later studied acting and related disciplines at H.B. Studios in New York City with Carol Rosenfeld and Sandy Dennis, among others. After working professionally as an actor for ten years, including two seasons in rep at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mike began writing plays. He studied playwriting with Milan Still at Circle Rep in the early ‘90s.

Mike’s play The Adjustment was produced Off-Broadway, starring Tony nominee Liz Larsen, directed by Pam Berlin; a subsequent First Class Tour of Great Britain starred Stefanie Powers. Naked by the River has been produced at several theaters in the U.S., appeared in production at London’s Tristan Bates Theater in the West End and, as Nacht Am Fluss, at Cologne’s Moving Theatre, Germany. NJ Rep premiered Mike’s wildly comic road-trip farce, Panama, which went on to play at several U.S. theaters before moving on to the Dublin Fringe. A production of Mike's New-Age bedroom farce, Lemonade, took the stage at Hollywood’s Tamarind Theatre, starring Maxwell Caulfield. The Algonquin Theater in NYC produced Mike’s corporate hostage drama Slave Shack, directed by Debra Whitfield. London’s well-known Hen and Chickens comedy pub theater (Islington) produced Love in the Insecurity Zone, directed by Niki Flacks.

Mike was commissioned to write Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story, by the late Broadway and film producer George George, who originated Memphis and produced the film My Dinner With Andre.