Mike has been a storyteller all his life—as a journalist, speechwriter, community activist, actor, and playwright. He has written close to 30 plays, with production credits throughout the country and the UK. Two of his plays, "Horseshoes" and "Pets (and Their Humans)" are licensed worldwide through Broadway Licensing and available for local production through the Dramatists Play Service.
A native New Englander, he lives in Holmdel, New Jersey and belongs to the Dramatists Guild. Mike was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2019. You can follow his personal cancer journey, which he updates regularly.
Playwriting (selected productions):
In Danger of Falling in Love, (2022), Villagers Theater, Somerset, NJ.
Hostage Situation, (2022), TEDx "Joy" Festival, Red Bank, NJ.
Three by One: Mike Sockol Shared Three One Act Plays (2022), Theater Project, Union, NJ
A Rose for Jenny (2021), Audio Play Challenge, Caravan Productions, UK.
Big in Texas (2021), "The MAC One-Acts!" Festival, Middletown Arts Festival, Middletown, NJ.
Vigilance (2021), "Lights UP!" Podcast series, Ensemble Theater of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.
Irish Breakfast Tea (2021), "Tainted Love" Festival, Caravan Productions, UK.
His Story Bears Repeating (2021), The Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken, NJ.
Interns from Outer Space/Bowl of Oranges (2020), Opening Nights in the Afternoon Reading Series, The Theater Project, Union, NJ.
Triangles (2020), Virtual Staged Reading, Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, NJ.
Tuna Casserole (2020), Coronavirus Plays Project, The One-Minute Play Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas, TX.
A Longitudinal Study, 9th Annual One Act Play Festival (2020), Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn, NJ.
Hostage Situation, Kaleidoscope Kabaret (2019), The Theater Project, Union, NJ
Bagels, An Evening of New Works (2019), Holmdel Theater Company, Holmdel, NJ.
Frozen in Time, New Voice Play Festival 2019, Old Opera House, Charles Town, WV.
Getting in the Last Word, 7th Annual New Moon Short Play Festival (2019), Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ.
Getting in the Last Word, Best Play (nominee), 2019 ThinkFast Festival, Maplewood, NJ.
Pets (and Their Humans), 2018 Best Original Play (winner), New Jersey Association of Community Theaters.
Hostage Situation, 3rd Annual One Act Jamboree (2018), Rhino Theatre Group, Pompton Lakes, NJ.
Savant, 2017 ThinkFast Festival, Maplewood, NJ.
Mexican Standoff, 2016 New Playwrights Festival, Defining Moments Theatre Company, Hackensack, NJ.
Bris (2016), La Strada Theater Company, Ocean Grove, NJ.
Horseshoes, 2016 Best Original Play (nominee), New Jersey Association of Community Theaters.
Horseshoes, 2015 Thespis Festival, New York, NY.
Voice of God, 2015 Kicking and Swearing Festival, Rahway, NJ.
Acting (selected productions):
Seminar (Leonard), Circle Players, Parsippany, NJ
1776 (John Hancock), Phoenix Productions, Red Bank, NJ
Much Ado About Nothing (Antonio), Holmdel Theatre Company, Holmdel, NJ
My Last Day on Earth (Brian), Manhattan Repertory Theater, New York, NY
Pets (and Their Humans) (Brad), Fearless Productions, Rahway, NJ
Amadeus (Salieri), Old Library Theater, Fairlawn, NJ
Triangle Factory Fire Project (Steuer), Fearless Productions, Rahway, NJ
Becket (Baron 1/Cardinal/Archbishop), Holmdel Theatre Company, Holmdel, NJ
Bagels (Sam), 2016 Kicking and Swearing Festival, Rahway, NJ
Hurly Burly (Artie), Fearless Productions, Rahway, NJ
Seussified Christmas Carol (Jake Marley), Fearless Productions, Rahway, NJ
August: Osage County (Bill Fordham), Old Library Theater, Fairlawn, NJ
A Few Good Men (Whitaker/Sergeant in Arms), Holmdel Theatre Company, Holmdel, NJ
All rights to my works, including but not limited to professional, amateur, recording, motion picture, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio and television broadcasting, and the rights of translation into foreign languages are expressly reserved. Permission for which must be secured from the author.
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