Please watch this video to learn about my latest project, a staged reading of a pilot I wrote called "PLAY ME" -- which follows a young housewife as she tries to break into the all-(naughty) boys club of the toy industry in 1957.
"Play Me" by author and director Alison Marek, is the first time, to my knowledge, that anyone has ever written a screenplay about Toy Fair. Set in the 1950's, it looks at the Mad Men era from the viewpoint of a woman trying to break into what was, to a large degree, an all boys club. " -- GLOBAL TOY NEWS, October 26, 2015
ALISON MAREK was lucky enough to grow up in a creative household. Her father, Richard O'Brien, was press agent and gag writer for the top comedians of the day, including Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield and Woody Allen. At 10, her brother Sean O'Brien co-wrote a joke book with their Dad called “Jaws Jokes.” Alison became obsessed with movies from the time she was 2, began drawing at 1, and penciled her first comic strip at 7. By her late teens, she'd written and illustrated a graphic novel called “Desert Streams,” which was published by Piranha Press, an imprint of DC Comics. After working as an actor and stage manager in children's and local theater, Alison attended Hunter College, where she was Valedictorian of her class, and then went on to fulfill her dream of receiving an MFA from New York University's prestigious film directing program. Her thesis short, “The Playground,” was sponsored by Showtime Networks Inc. and broadcast extensively on their channels. Her other short films and PSAs have won grants and awards, including a Sloan Foundation grant, a local Emmy nomination, and a Gold Aurora. A few years back, Alison started drawing again and self-published the feel-good book “Be a Happy Puppy! Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido.” Her most current project is called “Play Me,” which takes place in 1957 and follows an inventive young housewife who tries to conquer a billion-dollar industry filled with corruption, greed and misogyny: the toy industry. “Play Me” is based on stories Alison heard from older women she'd interviewed as part of one of her fascinating day jobs – working as a journalist and videographer for the specialty toy industry. In addition to her own work, Alison currently teaches filmmaking to students of all ages at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and produces short films, features, reality TV and documentaries.