Matthew Capodicasa

Matthew Capodicasa

Matthew Capodicasa’s plays include NEXT/LIFE, ALL THE PEOPLE YOU’VE BEEN, THE CITY IN THE CITY IN THE CITY, THE SCENARIOS, YOU REMIND ME OF YOU, FRELMETSCH THE MANEATER, THE CITY OF, and CHAOS AND CAESAR SALAD. His work has been presented or developed at the Kennedy Center, the National New Play Network, Primary Stages, the Flea Theater, the Abingdon Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Bluebarn...
Matthew Capodicasa’s plays include NEXT/LIFE, ALL THE PEOPLE YOU’VE BEEN, THE CITY IN THE CITY IN THE CITY, THE SCENARIOS, YOU REMIND ME OF YOU, FRELMETSCH THE MANEATER, THE CITY OF, and CHAOS AND CAESAR SALAD. His work has been presented or developed at the Kennedy Center, the National New Play Network, Primary Stages, the Flea Theater, the Abingdon Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Bluebarn Theatre, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Theater Masters, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Capitol Fringe, among others. He is the recipient of the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and his plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Heideman Award. His work has been published by Samuel French, and his fiction has appeared in West 10th. You can also hear him nerd out on two podcasts: THE GLASS CANNON PODCAST and ANDROIDS & ALIENS. BFA, NYU/Tisch. MFA, Fordham/Primary Stages. Recent grad: Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. He currently teaches at NYU.

Plays

  • Next/Life
    Elise is in her 70s and about to die. That is, until she gets herself into an experimental drug trial that effectively cures her cancer—but reverse-ages her. Newly youthened, she sets out to build a new life for herself in this rapidly changing world, even as the things she knows and the people she loves begin to disappear.
  • All the People You've Been
    Lucy’s mother died when she was very young. On the eve of her college graduation, Lucy discovers that her mother was possessed by a strange, centuries-old being in a gold necklace—and now the being wants to reconnect. As the years pass and the being continues to reappear in her life, Lucy must contend with all the people her mother was, is, and will be, and what it means to live a life where the people you love...
    Lucy’s mother died when she was very young. On the eve of her college graduation, Lucy discovers that her mother was possessed by a strange, centuries-old being in a gold necklace—and now the being wants to reconnect. As the years pass and the being continues to reappear in her life, Lucy must contend with all the people her mother was, is, and will be, and what it means to live a life where the people you love can come and go at a moment’s notice.
  • The Scenarios
    Angie, an out-of-work actor, starts a gig new gig: helping to train police officers to respond to calls with people with mental illness in emotional distress, improvising scenes with active duty cops. But when the cops (and her fellow actors) start to think Angie is actually mentally ill, she must grapple with just what the cost of pretending to be other people might be.
  • The City in the City in the City
    Tess’s mother dies just before they are supposed to leave for the ancient city-state of Mastavia to retrieve a package left for them by Tess’s estranged father. Unwilling to give up the mission, Tess posts an ad online for a traveling companion with her mother’s exact name, and meets a new Laura, a mysterious woman eager to escape her life. This unlikely duo sets off on a journey to this strange city of doubles...
    Tess’s mother dies just before they are supposed to leave for the ancient city-state of Mastavia to retrieve a package left for them by Tess’s estranged father. Unwilling to give up the mission, Tess posts an ad online for a traveling companion with her mother’s exact name, and meets a new Laura, a mysterious woman eager to escape her life. This unlikely duo sets off on a journey to this strange city of doubles, mystifying bureaucracy, ancient graves, and a hidden world neither of them expected to encounter.
  • Frelmetsch the Maneater
    Two puppeteers meet for the first time inside Frelmetsch, a two-person puppet of a monstrous creature in a fantasy adventure film. Their task: find a way to join together to create this character in just five days of shooting, despite intensely cramped conditions, irritating personal habits and a growing attachment to this vile yet oddly human monster they’re trying to bring to life.
  • You Remind Me of You
    When Adele meets Vincent, a young musician with face blindness, it could not come at a worse time. She’s dropped out of law school to care for her father, who after an accident is now beginning to display signs of dementia. And yet, despite all this, she and Vincent begin to slip in the weird and mystifying and wonderful and terrifying process of falling in love. As their relationship develops and deepens, her...
    When Adele meets Vincent, a young musician with face blindness, it could not come at a worse time. She’s dropped out of law school to care for her father, who after an accident is now beginning to display signs of dementia. And yet, despite all this, she and Vincent begin to slip in the weird and mystifying and wonderful and terrifying process of falling in love. As their relationship develops and deepens, her father’s condition begins to get worse, and suddenly Adele finds herself surrounded by people who, despite knowing her deeply, cannot recognize her. Will Adele and Vincent figure out a way to find each other, see each other, make a life together, and discover how not to be alone?
  • Of Our Own
    Six years years ago, Theo disappeared, leaving Becky behind. After a chance encounter in the park, Becky and Theo walk through the spaces of their old life together, and face the impossibility of ever truly finding what’s been lost.
  • This Year
    Will, a promising programmer with a serious mental illness, has disappeared from his life, and his family is searching for him. They'll keep searching for him for twelve years, and as his absence morphs and reshapes each of their lives over those years, only the search will remain constant. But, if they do eventually find him, will he be able to stay found? A kaleidoscopic exploration of how one person...
    Will, a promising programmer with a serious mental illness, has disappeared from his life, and his family is searching for him. They'll keep searching for him for twelve years, and as his absence morphs and reshapes each of their lives over those years, only the search will remain constant. But, if they do eventually find him, will he be able to stay found? A kaleidoscopic exploration of how one person's absence can remake a family, a history and time.
  • Chaos and Caesar Salad
    Nick is a low-level IT tech for a time travel corporation with aspirations for something more. And one day, three years ago, he lost something precious to him forever. So he enlists two of his friends to make an illegal jump back in time to retrieve it. Except they didn't plan things too well. And their device seems to be malfunctioning. And they're REALLY hungry. And there's the small problem...
    Nick is a low-level IT tech for a time travel corporation with aspirations for something more. And one day, three years ago, he lost something precious to him forever. So he enlists two of his friends to make an illegal jump back in time to retrieve it. Except they didn't plan things too well. And their device seems to be malfunctioning. And they're REALLY hungry. And there's the small problem that their mere presence is scrambling the timeline in front of their eyes. And they may not ever be able to make it home.