Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman

My plays center on characters in complicated relationships, who love each other but are blocked from a fuller intimacy by some seemingly impossible barrier. My first play THE MANUSCRIPT was the winner of the 2023 Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest and had a professional production at 7Stages in Atlanta, GA in August 2023. My short play CASEY'S SINGULARITY had a staged reading at Kennesaw State...
My plays center on characters in complicated relationships, who love each other but are blocked from a fuller intimacy by some seemingly impossible barrier. My first play THE MANUSCRIPT was the winner of the 2023 Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest and had a professional production at 7Stages in Atlanta, GA in August 2023. My short play CASEY'S SINGULARITY had a staged reading at Kennesaw State University's 2024 New Works & Ideas Festival. I live and work in Atlanta as a writer, and also work as a critical care physician on short-term assignments around the U.S.

Plays

  • The Manuscript
    FULL LENGTH PLAY -- After a young writer's sudden death, her wife and her mother engage in an escalating power struggle over her identity, her artistic legacy, and the truth of what "really" happened.

    Winner of the 2023 Essential Theatre Annual Playwriting Competition (Atlanta, GA)
  • Casey's Singularity
    SHORT PLAY -- Paralyzed after a terrible accident, Casey has enrolled in a clinical trial testing AI-enhanced physical therapy, over the concerns of their partner Micah. Casey and Micah’s relationship is tested by Casey’s new disability and the unplanned effects of a new technology.

Recommended by Matt Hoffman

  • SALLY AND GLEN AT THE PALACE
    31 Jan. 2024
    Peter leads us down a seemingly harmless, enjoyable path powered by the pitch-perfectly awkward banter and growing rapport between Glen and Sally. Much like life, just when we're feeling comfortably entertained, the dark turn comes so quietly and suddenly, so perfectly cloaked in first-glance normalcy, we're not quite sure it's landed. "Did that really happen?" you feel the characters asking, and like Glen and Sally we too feel ourselves unmoored and grasping for something solid to hang on to.
  • The Rock & The Hard Place
    31 Jan. 2024
    I saw a staged reading of this play at the 2023 Essential Theatre festival. It's a tightly written, suspenseful, masterfully structured drama -- but wait, is it a courtroom drama? a family drama? a psychological drama? Somehow Emily manages to weave together elements from multiple genres without losing pacing or thematic focus, and builds to a surprising, devastating ending that reveals costs of the death penalty we hadn't considered.
  • A Complicated Hope
    31 Jan. 2024
    I saw this beautiful play during its 2022 run at Essential Theatre. It's a moving experience, drawing us into an exquisitely twisting-turning-tangling cat's cradle of love and grief. John creates so many moments of complicated tension and tenderness between characters. The nonlinear structure conjures grief's associative, out-of-time collage of emotion and memory, and also finally provides the complicated hope the audience yearns for.