Matt Cogswell

Matt Cogswell

My work has been produced by The Forge Theater Lab, Lemon Punch Theatre Lab, Becoming More Productions, Rock River Players/Hooker-Dunham Theater, The Barefoot Theatre Company, Weston Friendly Society/Theatre III, and Queerativity. Some of my work is featured on my YouTube channel.

Plays

  • Solemn Process
    A film director has cast a stage actor for a bit part in his film. This ten-minute comedy focuses on the clash between styles.
  • fat 43-year-old seeking a sugardaddy (a monologue)
    A monologue of desperate proportions.
    It is a excerpt from my longer play Exposed Skin.
  • Floating on Hope Ave
    All of the characters in Floating on Hope Ave are simultaneously seeking and running away from connection. Four stories unfold within the play. Martin’s entire story takes place in one day. Alex and Brian’s story takes place in one week. Caleb and Dean’s story takes place in one month. George’s story takes place in a time span of one year. Both Martin and George break the fourth wall for the entire play. Alex/...
    All of the characters in Floating on Hope Ave are simultaneously seeking and running away from connection. Four stories unfold within the play. Martin’s entire story takes place in one day. Alex and Brian’s story takes place in one week. Caleb and Dean’s story takes place in one month. George’s story takes place in a time span of one year. Both Martin and George break the fourth wall for the entire play. Alex/Brian’s and Caleb/Dean’s contributions are two-person scenes, except for Movement 6. Adult themes. All characters are gay or bisexual men.
  • Six Impossible Things Before Coronavirus
    A son checks in on his mother during a crisis.
  • Exposed Skin
    Told through a combination of scenes and monologues from April through June 2020, Exposed Skin explores the struggles to connect and communicate in our society.
  • Right Now
    Michael and Nick attempt pillow talk.
  • Damaged Furniture (a monologue)
    An individual contemplates a new addition to their apartment.
    It is an excerpt from my larger play Exposed Skin.
  • Five Degrees
    Two pairs of established college roommates and a freshman are followed over one year of college. Their lives are co-mingled as they explore the very nature of connectedness through theatrical analogies. Vinny is an unsure-of-himself actor. His best friend, Adam, is almost a substitute lover. Brad, a cocky gay ingénue, steals Vinny’s heart. Shelley is Vinny’s friend who stays on the periphery but is most attuned...
    Two pairs of established college roommates and a freshman are followed over one year of college. Their lives are co-mingled as they explore the very nature of connectedness through theatrical analogies. Vinny is an unsure-of-himself actor. His best friend, Adam, is almost a substitute lover. Brad, a cocky gay ingénue, steals Vinny’s heart. Shelley is Vinny’s friend who stays on the periphery but is most attuned to what’s going on. Her roommate, Kim, helps the group explore the concept of six degrees of separation. Ensemble members play additional silent background roles and voice-over roles as indicated in the script.
  • Gap Years
    Three generations of men in a family cope with a recent loss.
  • Untapped
    This short play is a comic look at the world of gay apps. The interactions are written as if people were meeting in person. One man faces an ensemble of men, who can be played by any number of men, up to the twenty-five other characters. Sexual language and content.