Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original “Meet the Parents” and co-adapted it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro. Her screenplay “Chimney Rock” was under option, and she has been a script doctor for many screenplays, including “A Guy Thing” and “Desperation Boulevard.”
Her play "Bonhoeffer’s Cost" ran at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia and was produced by Agape Actor’s Co-op in Austin along with Clarke's "Suffer The Long Night," co-written with her “Meet The Parents" partner, Greg Glienna. "Suffer The Long Night" was also produced in Los Angeles at Meta Theater.
She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where she teaches screenwriting and has critiqued about a gazillion plays and screenplays. Saturday Series readings of "Suffer The Long Night" and a screenplay, "Alice and Celia and Whatever It Takes." were directed by Second City’s Pat McKenna at Chicago Dramatists.
Clarke is a regular guest lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet up and ran a Master’s Class for the Chicago Independent Film Project in December. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the Dramatists Guild.