Matt Minnicino

Matt Minnicino

Matt Minnicino is a Virginia-born, Manhattan-based playwright, adaptor, actor, director, teacher, and theatre-maker. He has been a resident with SPACE on Ryder Farm, Exquisite Corpse, Sugarglass Theatre at Trinity College in Dublin, the Barn Arts Collective, Letter of Marque, the box collective, and numerous others. He is a Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award Nominee, two-time O'Neill New Play Conference...
Matt Minnicino is a Virginia-born, Manhattan-based playwright, adaptor, actor, director, teacher, and theatre-maker. He has been a resident with SPACE on Ryder Farm, Exquisite Corpse, Sugarglass Theatre at Trinity College in Dublin, the Barn Arts Collective, Letter of Marque, the box collective, and numerous others. He is a Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award Nominee, two-time O'Neill New Play Conference semi-finalist, winner of the 2016 Arts & Letters Prize, and member of Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, Everday Inferno’s Writer/Director Lab, Joust Theatre’s Writers’ Round Table, and 2018 Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayLab. He has written for Serials@The Flea, Rule of 7x7, and the NYC Fringe, FauxReal, and Shenandoah Fringe Festivals. He has professionally adapted Chekhov, Strindberg, Ibsen, Gorky, Homer, Euripides, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Moliere, and more. His essays on theatre have been published by The Dramatist, Gathering of the Tribes, and HowlRound. In his spare time, he teaches kids about Shakespeare. MFA: Columbia.

Plays

  • Malefactions
    Four young women on fire come together for an act of revolution against the world that has constantly forgotten them. When their plan misfires they find themselves holed up with an unwanted hostage, whose presence could shatter their hopes -- or give them just what they need to achieve their goals. Faced with fresh fears, old wounds, searing doubts, and fracturing friendships, the Lost Girls must confront what it truly means to rebel.
  • Funny Voices, or A Thing I Cannot Name
    Lee and Leo are trying. They want This Thing To Work Out, they swear. Watch them test every conceivable answer to the equation: him + her + x = Love [solve for x] -- or die trying. A slice of meta-theatre featuring both the Martial and Performance Arts, Naughty Language, Silly Voices, and Love Triumphant (maybe).
  • Some Pictures of the Floating World
    Shiloh is happy, or at least trying to be. Ever since she joined the Word of Joy and left the Sunken World behind, she's had no good reason to be sad. The others in The Home love her, she has everything she could want, and her days are spent telling wondrous and true tales of the forgotten times. But when a Stranger arrives with questions of her own in a hunt for Hidden Truth, the blissful foundations of...
    Shiloh is happy, or at least trying to be. Ever since she joined the Word of Joy and left the Sunken World behind, she's had no good reason to be sad. The others in The Home love her, she has everything she could want, and her days are spent telling wondrous and true tales of the forgotten times. But when a Stranger arrives with questions of her own in a hunt for Hidden Truth, the blissful foundations of Shiloh's world start to crack, and the members of the Word of Joy with the widening fault-lines in their precious happiness. A play about cults, stories, joy, sadness, truth, lies, and why we believe the things we believe.
  • wreck(s)
    A sad young prince arrives at the Oracle at Delphi, because that's where he's supposed to be. A priestess rummages through his past and plunges headlong into his future. The young prince faces three riddles: a dark stranger in the desert, a man-devouring monster, and the widowed Queen of Thebes. The priestess tries to help the prince find a happy ending to his tale. The prince's name is Oedipus.
  • Friend of the People
    On July 13, 1793, a twenty-four year old girl stabs a man through the heart as he soaks in his bathtub, and watches him bleed to death. The man is Jean-Paul Marat, Hero of the French Revolution, Friend of the People. She believes she is a saint. For France, and her interrogators, the jury is out. A twisted time-bending chamber dream about Charlotte Corday, the Angel of Assassination.
  • Marvellous (an illuminated tale)
    Verbatim, an orphan boy left on the steps of the Abbey at Clonmacnoise, climbs an anchor that fell from the sky and finds himself in a dream he’s been waiting for all his life, and meets the girl who’s been popping up in it. A mystical, mythical, meta-fictional manuscript to illuminate the fine art of growing up, imagining things, and telling stories about them—with shadow puppets.
  • wyrd
    In a basement apartment in Bushwick, three sisters wield unfathomable power over fate and time -- but how they use that power isn't up to them and never has been. One sister falls in love. Another falls in hate. The third tries to keep the other two from falling. The City is in a heat wave, and a war is coming.
  • Misanthrope
    less a translation than a distillation / of Moliere's classic tale of the stagnation / of a society weighed down by flattery / and the one man who best know what's the matter, he / whose quips equip him more than all the rest / to diss dishonor: venom-tongued Alceste. / A play precocious, prating, and perverse, / and 95% in rhyming verse.
  • Antigone / we are the rebels asking for the storm
    A body rots in the sun. A girl takes a stand against the new regime. What is she fighting for? How far can she go? A Past meets Present collision of Sophocles' Thebes and our America, a myth for modern times about fear, tyranny, justice, revolution, revelation, and hope.