Matthew Sowell

Matthew Sowell

Matthew James Sowell is a queer playwright based out of New York, New York. With roots in rural Georgia, his work often reflects modern mentalities and political issues with a southern gothic twist. He has an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a decent sense of humor. Basically, he’s doing his best.

Plays

  • Babbel (a drama for Zoom)
    “This feels Holy”
    Following a scandal that shattered the trust of its congregation, Jude McCombs is hired by The Mission – a trendy church in Little Five Points, Atlanta – to represent a new era of Christianity.
    But when a pandemic shuts down the world and the core church staff discuss how to adapt, some members cling to fundamental beliefs. The play, which follows a real-time Zoom meeting to...
    “This feels Holy”
    Following a scandal that shattered the trust of its congregation, Jude McCombs is hired by The Mission – a trendy church in Little Five Points, Atlanta – to represent a new era of Christianity.
    But when a pandemic shuts down the world and the core church staff discuss how to adapt, some members cling to fundamental beliefs. The play, which follows a real-time Zoom meeting to plan the first online worship service, becomes a battle for the soul of the American church.
  • god left when He left
    A dark web kink forum sends Whitaker Wainwright down a rabbit-hole of desensitization and devilish ecstasy.
    It’s a place where fact becomes fiction. Where truths are dissolved into something far more liberating.
    But no pleasure lasts forever, and the harsh consequences of Whitaker’s life on the web reconstruct a reality that he must face, offline, in the light of day.
  • Ignominious (or the Public Shaming of Katrina Buras
    When Katrina Buras unintentionally posts something racist on Twitter, the social order of Frances University is thrown into chaos as she is publicly shamed online and in-person. However, the incident erupts into a tragedy that forces those involved to face an even bigger controversy.
  • Caucasia
    It’s February of 2017. Rebecca Brooks is moving to Africa, but not because she’s fed up with politics. Preston, her little brother, is taking over her lease in Harlem. He brought his new boyfriend, Andres Alvarado, to help her pack - but not because he wants to shove how happy he is in her face. Christopher Helme, a temporary tenant in the brownstone’s spare bedroom, is traveling the country - totally because...
    It’s February of 2017. Rebecca Brooks is moving to Africa, but not because she’s fed up with politics. Preston, her little brother, is taking over her lease in Harlem. He brought his new boyfriend, Andres Alvarado, to help her pack - but not because he wants to shove how happy he is in her face. Christopher Helme, a temporary tenant in the brownstone’s spare bedroom, is traveling the country - totally because he wants to, not because he got fired from his job and has nowhere else to go. Everyone is fine. No one has any secrets or shame. Except for the existence of a nasty manifesto written by Rebecca’s grandpa that mysteriously appears on the bookshelf for all to see. And why is Preston being haunted by someone who looks a lot like Scarlett O’Hara? Ayana Johnson, the owner of the brownstone, has a few ideas.
  • Jessica McMullan Watched Him Bleed
    In a gentrified wasteland called Glassbottom Heights, four friends deal with the fallout of their best friend, Jessica McMullan, who violently murdered her boyfriend. As details of the grizzly attack go viral and one friend uses the tragedy to become a social media influencer, the prime suspect shifts from Jessica to literally everyone else. A black comedy with little to no blood, this hilarious thriller seeks...
    In a gentrified wasteland called Glassbottom Heights, four friends deal with the fallout of their best friend, Jessica McMullan, who violently murdered her boyfriend. As details of the grizzly attack go viral and one friend uses the tragedy to become a social media influencer, the prime suspect shifts from Jessica to literally everyone else. A black comedy with little to no blood, this hilarious thriller seeks to make the audience squirm on words alone.
  • McJufferson County Coalition for Better Art Presents Scenes from the Unpublished Sequels of Dickensian Classics A short spectacular
    In a last-minute attempt to cover his medical bills, Charles Dickens wrote a series of cheap sequels to his most popular works. Unfortunately, he died before they could be completed and they never saw the light of day - until now.