Matt Schutz

Matt Schutz

Matt Schutz is a playwright and actor currently based in Chicago. His play With the Weight of her Fate on her Shoulders was a winner of the New South Young Playwrights Contest, was workshopped at the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia and earned him a finalist slot for the Dramatist’s Guild Young Playwright Award. He has developed plays with the University of Iowa, Intrinsic Theatre, the Pride Arts Center, and Inkwell Theater.

Plays

  • The Rabbit Cage
    Four twenty somethings who work in the box office at a theater festival might also be selling cocaine. But no one knows anything. However, when money starts to go missing, someone has to fess up or pay up.
  • Salt Fire
    SALT FIRE follows Danny as he investigates the death of his “co-worker and close friend,” Oliver. But as evidence comes to light and turns over theory after theory regarding Oliver’s death, Danny and the other characters in the play are forced to believe in things they never thought possible. Part thriller, part comedy, part supernatural story, SALT FIRE looks at the modern definition of selfhood, the beliefs...
    SALT FIRE follows Danny as he investigates the death of his “co-worker and close friend,” Oliver. But as evidence comes to light and turns over theory after theory regarding Oliver’s death, Danny and the other characters in the play are forced to believe in things they never thought possible. Part thriller, part comedy, part supernatural story, SALT FIRE looks at the modern definition of selfhood, the beliefs we hold, and how we interact with - and are haunted by - our history.
  • Into the Sky
    Aboard the spacecraft Passage, Roderick and Johann tend to caterpillars while journeying towards a habitable planet. The long journey allows the two to simply drift through space – and towards each other.
  • windows
    Olivia is a former soccer player still recovering from a career-ending injury. Her girlfriend,
    Natalie, is stuck in a job she’s not passionate about, caught between finding her own happiness
    and caring for Olivia’s. Meanwhile, Natalie’s roommate Clay is trying to take the next step in his
    life – towards a new promotion, away from a past relationship, and into his own power. As all...
    Olivia is a former soccer player still recovering from a career-ending injury. Her girlfriend,
    Natalie, is stuck in a job she’s not passionate about, caught between finding her own happiness
    and caring for Olivia’s. Meanwhile, Natalie’s roommate Clay is trying to take the next step in his
    life – towards a new promotion, away from a past relationship, and into his own power. As all
    three maneuver through the ever-present reality of Olivia’s injury, they find escape however they
    can.
  • The Showcase
    A group of BFA acting students prepare for their final showcase. However, the stress of finals, auditions, graduation, and the future weigh heavily on their hearts and minds. What does it mean to be graduating without knowing who you are or what you're doing? What was the purpose of the last four (or five) years?
  • With the Weight of her Fate on her Shoulders
    When words become weapons, a new kind of war begins. A young woman, Atlas, waits to hear news about her brother Tithon – and the war – outside. When Chiron, a friend and soldier, brings news that Tithon has been captured by the enemy, Atlas is set on edge. With the opposing army approaching and Tithon in grave danger, Atlas must decide what is more important: the safety that Chiron provides or the hope of Tithon’s return.
  • The Stoddard Stud House
    The Stoddard Stud House follows the three wives of Ezekiel Stoddard as they try to support his failing fruit factory. After several illicit money-making schemes have failed, Sarah, Carrie, and Kelsey finally find success in running a secret brothel for the many wives of Salt Lake City. Caught somewhere between love and lust, devotion and obsession, and sanity and chaos, the three wives (and others!) must fight...
    The Stoddard Stud House follows the three wives of Ezekiel Stoddard as they try to support his failing fruit factory. After several illicit money-making schemes have failed, Sarah, Carrie, and Kelsey finally find success in running a secret brothel for the many wives of Salt Lake City. Caught somewhere between love and lust, devotion and obsession, and sanity and chaos, the three wives (and others!) must fight for control over the factory and ultimately, control over their lives.
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    Adapted from the children's book by Kate DiCamillo, this short readers theater play follows the china rabbit Edward Tulane as he traverses the world and learns what it means to truly love and be loved.