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. She has worked at the Alliance Theatre, first as a literary intern and then as the Kenny Leon Fellow. Her short play co-written with Dre Camacho, White Picket Fence, was produced by Working Title...
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. She has worked at the Alliance Theatre, first as a literary intern and then as the Kenny Leon Fellow. Her short play co-written with Dre Camacho, White Picket Fence, was produced by Working Title Playwrights in Atlanta. Her plays often explore family dynamics, the complexities of young women and teens, and the oddities and magic of The South. They also include at least one dance number. When not writing, she can be found working through Alison Roman's cookbook Dining In, dancing to Ariana Grande, and listening to podcasts by Caitlin Doughty and Desus & Mero. Olivia is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Ohio University.

Plays

  • Shall I Compare Thee (a monologue)
    Josie talks to her English teacher about poetry while avoiding her walk home after school.
  • Ghosted
    College sophomore Amber wants to reconnect with the junior who ghosted her, but Joy has other plans.
  • Wax (a monologue)
    Britney believes their moon tattoo is going to help their mother find them in the woods.
  • 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.
  • Baxter
    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.
  • 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
    A hashtag comes to life and embodies the tragic story of a young man trapped in a Twitter war.
  • 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.