Matthew Ivan Bennett

Matthew Ivan Bennett

Matthew Ivan Bennett is a resident of Plan-B Theatre, listed by American Theater magazine as one of 14 companies nationwide exemplifying social action and civic engagement. At Plan-B, he’s premiered several plays, including “A/Version of Events,” “Eric(a)”—which won Best Drama at United Solo (New York)—and “Mesa Verde,” nominated for an ATCA Steinberg. In 2014, he received the Holland New Voices Award at the...
Matthew Ivan Bennett is a resident of Plan-B Theatre, listed by American Theater magazine as one of 14 companies nationwide exemplifying social action and civic engagement. At Plan-B, he’s premiered several plays, including “A/Version of Events,” “Eric(a)”—which won Best Drama at United Solo (New York)—and “Mesa Verde,” nominated for an ATCA Steinberg. In 2014, he received the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and in 2015 was a Finalist at the Austin Film Festival. He’s worked with Chicago's Circle Theatre, Rising Sun in New York, Monkeyman in Toronto, and Source in DC. Matt is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.

Plays

  • Sherlock Holmes & the Blue Carbuncle
    A 50-minute, four-actor radio adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"—a program fit for the holidays. It premiered on KUER's RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio.
  • Let Down Your Hair
    LET DOWN YOUR HAIR is a modern, Big-Cheap-Theatre re-telling of the Brothers' Grimm "Rapunzel." Frau Göthel the fairy is re-imagined as a right-wing presidential candidate who hires a home tutor for her daughter. But when the oddball tutor, Ms. Wiegle, tells Rapunzel about the birds and the bees—and girl meets boy from a wilderness therapy program—things get a little...Grimm.
  • A Version of Events
    A VERSION OF EVENTS is a two-hander, road-trip play about the choice between truth and peace in marriage. We ride with Cooper and Hannah, two liberal Mormons in their mid 30s, who have just lost a child and are trying to reconnect. They're driving from the 9/11 monument in New York to Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania—if, that is, they can fight through the traffic and secrets between them. (Now...
    A VERSION OF EVENTS is a two-hander, road-trip play about the choice between truth and peace in marriage. We ride with Cooper and Hannah, two liberal Mormons in their mid 30s, who have just lost a child and are trying to reconnect. They're driving from the 9/11 monument in New York to Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania—if, that is, they can fight through the traffic and secrets between them. (Now published with Steele Springs Stage Rights: https://www.stagerights.com/allshows/version-events/)
  • Eric(a)
    A transgender man falls in love for the first time.
  • The Cause
    THE CAUSE pits the personal against the political, and plumbs the when and why of committing ourselves to violence. Hounded by a federal marshal, John Brown and Frank Sanborn meet Harriet Tubman in the Boston home of Dr. Rock, a man who loves learning, brandy, and his friend Harriet. With the house beset by the marshal, Brown must tear Tubman away or face his fate alone.