Olivia Matthews

Olivia Matthews

Olivia Matthews is a playwright from Central Florida. Her ten-minute play, Home Going, was produced by Playwrights’ Round Table in Orlando and is published in The Best 10 Minutes Plays of 2015 by Smith and Kraus. Her other short plays have been seen in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and New York City. Her full-length play Absentia is the winner of the 2020 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. Olivia’s work often...
Olivia Matthews is a playwright from Central Florida. Her ten-minute play, Home Going, was produced by Playwrights’ Round Table in Orlando and is published in The Best 10 Minutes Plays of 2015 by Smith and Kraus. Her other short plays have been seen in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and New York City. Her full-length play Absentia is the winner of the 2020 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. Olivia’s work often explores family dynamics, the complexities of young women and teens, and the oddities and magic of The South. She is a 2015 graduate of Rollins College and she recently graduated from Ohio University with an M.F.A. in Playwriting. She is currently participating in the Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room Fellowship.

(Updated July 2020)

Plays

  • Here Lies Vivienne Greene
    In 1956, recently certified mortician Vivienne Greene is next in line to inherit the Jackson and Sons Funeral Home from her Uncle Zeke. Before she can take over, Vivienne is presented with one more test mortuary school never prepared her for: after a young boy is brutally attacked, Vivienne must smuggle him out of their small Georgia town before he is found by a local mob. Fearful of losing the funeral home and...
    In 1956, recently certified mortician Vivienne Greene is next in line to inherit the Jackson and Sons Funeral Home from her Uncle Zeke. Before she can take over, Vivienne is presented with one more test mortuary school never prepared her for: after a young boy is brutally attacked, Vivienne must smuggle him out of their small Georgia town before he is found by a local mob. Fearful of losing the funeral home and her own life, Vivienne must look to her past to find that death may be a second chance at life.
  • Absentia
    After living in the secluded Florida woods with only her father and pet rabbit Robyn, 20-year-old Esther Harris dreams of being reunited with her long-lost mother. When her father kills her beloved Robyn, Esther breaks out of their cabin in search of her mother and old life. While they soon find each other, can the abandoned and abused Esther adjust to her new life with her mother?

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    After living in the secluded Florida woods with only her father and pet rabbit Robyn, 20-year-old Esther Harris dreams of being reunited with her long-lost mother. When her father kills her beloved Robyn, Esther breaks out of their cabin in search of her mother and old life. While they soon find each other, can the abandoned and abused Esther adjust to her new life with her mother?

    Absentia is in the same universe as She Moves in Her Own Way.

    CW: Contains discussions of trauma, animal cruelty, and sexual abuse.
  • She Moves in Her Own Way
    Three seconds on the clock. Rolling Hills Middle School is down by two. All eyes are on point guard Alex Williams. She dribbles, pliés, and shoots the ball. It pirouettes in the rim and Alex’s mind leaps across time to her coach and former Atlanta Hawks player, Anthony Prince. As the athletes wait for the ball to land, Alex’s journey through basketball and dance begins a duet with Anthony’s rise to NBA stardom...
    Three seconds on the clock. Rolling Hills Middle School is down by two. All eyes are on point guard Alex Williams. She dribbles, pliés, and shoots the ball. It pirouettes in the rim and Alex’s mind leaps across time to her coach and former Atlanta Hawks player, Anthony Prince. As the athletes wait for the ball to land, Alex’s journey through basketball and dance begins a duet with Anthony’s rise to NBA stardom.

    She Moves in Her Own Way is in the same universe as Absentia.
  • Shall I Compare Thee (a monologue)
    Josie talks to her English teacher about poetry while avoiding her walk home after school.
  • Wax (a monologue)
    Britney believes their moon tattoo is going to help their mother find them in the woods.
  • Rights Restored (a monologue)
    Rights Restored follows Gina as she tries to convince a voting precinct worker to take a full body shot of her with her new voting sticker so she can post it on Instagram... And Tinder, of course. ;)

    Inspired by Florida's passing of Amendment 4, or the Second Chances Act.
  • I Don't Drink At Parties (a monologue)
    Graduating senior and former life of the party "Solo Cup" Kira warns a freshman about the mysterious guest at their lacrosse party.
  • Hashtag Jones (short)
    A hashtag comes to life and embodies the tragic story of a young man trapped in a Twitter war.
  • Hit Em Back (short)
    Xena is set to fight her racist classmate after school but first, she has to go through an unconventional practice in order to master her routine.
  • Baxter (ten-minute)
    Lena is not in the holiday spirit: her car is in the shop, she's working late on her birthday, and Christmas music is blaring through the toy store after New Year's. Right before she clocks out, Lena is visited by Baxter, a stuffed brown bear who's ready to go home and lift her spirits.
  • Ghosted! (ten-minute)
    College sophomore Amber wants to reconnect with the junior who ghosted her, but Joy has other plans.