Matthew McLachlan

Matthew McLachlan

Matthew McLachlan is a Scotland born, New York based playwright. His plays include: The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa, Orion, The Knowledge of Sin, Coyote, Online Dates Are Hard To Handle, and Men’s Monthly, among others. His plays have been presented by Ruddy Productions, The PIT, Thespis Theater Festival, New Works Festival, The Farm Theater and performed regionally in Kentucky, Massachusetts, &...
Matthew McLachlan is a Scotland born, New York based playwright. His plays include: The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa, Orion, The Knowledge of Sin, Coyote, Online Dates Are Hard To Handle, and Men’s Monthly, among others. His plays have been presented by Ruddy Productions, The PIT, Thespis Theater Festival, New Works Festival, The Farm Theater and performed regionally in Kentucky, Massachusetts, & Florida. He is the resident playwright of Ruddy Productions, a Pulse Ensemble Theatre member, and a Wynn Handman playwright in observance. Other credits include: Nominated for Best Writer of a Web-Series (ADULTish), The Roast of Michael Musto (Head-Writer), & his published works A Collection of One-Acts & Other Things You May or May Not Enjoy is available at The Drama Bookshop & on Amazon.

Plays

  • This God Damn House
    (Full Length) After getting a 24-hour eviction notice from the bank, two brothers help their mother pack up and move out of their childhood home in Central Florida. Problem is, the house is an indoor trash heap and their mother is overweight and unable to help. As the brothers dig through the filth of their home and memories, past trauma and unspoken hurt rise to the surface as their 24-hour deadline inches...
    (Full Length) After getting a 24-hour eviction notice from the bank, two brothers help their mother pack up and move out of their childhood home in Central Florida. Problem is, the house is an indoor trash heap and their mother is overweight and unable to help. As the brothers dig through the filth of their home and memories, past trauma and unspoken hurt rise to the surface as their 24-hour deadline inches closer. Will they be able to pack up the house before the sheriff shows up or will their mother’s inability to let go and tell the truth drive everyone away.
  • The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa
    (Full Length) In a cabin, on a mountain, during a rainstorm, Melissa wakes up to find herself tied to a chair and in the company of a kind-hearted Dexter-like serial killer named Jack...and he just wants a friend. This gruesome comedy explores the outrageous things we do to not feel so alone and the unlikely people who end up helping us along the way.
  • The Place We Are Meant To Be
    (Full Length) Spring Ridge Apartments is an old tenement building in an “up and coming” area in a city you may know. The building and its tenants try to survive the gradual change to their neighborhood as new residents make their home there. Inspired by Spoon River Anthologies, the entire story is told in monologues by different residents of the same apartment building, showing the gradual change and impact,...
    (Full Length) Spring Ridge Apartments is an old tenement building in an “up and coming” area in a city you may know. The building and its tenants try to survive the gradual change to their neighborhood as new residents make their home there. Inspired by Spoon River Anthologies, the entire story is told in monologues by different residents of the same apartment building, showing the gradual change and impact, for better or worse, of gentrification on a close-knit community.
  • Orion
    (Full Length) When Sam and Gwen's relationship comes to an abrupt end, Sam is guided through the wreckage with the help of his friends Scott and Abby to find his place in Gwen's life, while a part of Gwen may not be ready to let go of Sam, either. Orion tells a story of love’s complexity at the start of our adult lives and those love relationships that end, but never really leave us.
  • 3 Characters Figure It Out
    (Ten Minute) Lights up on 3 characters who await instruction from Stage Directions on how to proceed with the play they are in. Once it begins, the 3 characters are forced to act out the most random, nonsensical acts, much to the enjoyment of Stage Directions. When things get a bit too ridiculous, tensions rise and the point of the whole thing is questioned. This comedic love letter to writers goes on a...
    (Ten Minute) Lights up on 3 characters who await instruction from Stage Directions on how to proceed with the play they are in. Once it begins, the 3 characters are forced to act out the most random, nonsensical acts, much to the enjoyment of Stage Directions. When things get a bit too ridiculous, tensions rise and the point of the whole thing is questioned. This comedic love letter to writers goes on a rollercoaster of meta-proportions to teach us that if you want to write something well, you must have a solid reason why.
  • Toxic Norse-culinity
    (Ten Minute) After a recent raid on a foreign land, the Viking Sven visits his estranged friend Bretl, high on a mountain. When his welcome is not well met, Sven pleads with Bretl to witness his greatest treasure from his most recent raid: Kevin, a regular guy in torn jeans and a T-shirt. Sven explains that Kevin has helped teach not only him but the entire village of Vikings how to be better men, embracing...
    (Ten Minute) After a recent raid on a foreign land, the Viking Sven visits his estranged friend Bretl, high on a mountain. When his welcome is not well met, Sven pleads with Bretl to witness his greatest treasure from his most recent raid: Kevin, a regular guy in torn jeans and a T-shirt. Sven explains that Kevin has helped teach not only him but the entire village of Vikings how to be better men, embracing their truth and abandoning their toxic notions of what a man should be. But can Bretl be convinced of Kevin’s words or will his anger towards Sven for a past wrong keep him in his old ways?
  • What the Psychic Said
    (Ten Minute) Months after seeing a psychic who foresaw many things in his life come to fruition, a young man stumbles upon the young woman he believes is the predicted love of his life. So, what does he do? He goes up and tells her, of course.
  • Guardian
    (Ten Minute) After Derrik's latest (and most ridiculous) injury yet, he is forced to do what no human has ever done before: fire his guardian angel, Gabe. That is if Gabe shows up sober enough to hear the news.
  • Online Dates Are Hard To Handle
    (Ten Minute) When Craig and Mark meet up after work to talk about their lives and a recent date of Craig's, Craig reveals that his date wasn't exactly what she showed on her profile. What ensues is a comedic and thoughtful treatise on modern dating as the audience is left to ponder our own standards, insecurities, and inability to get out of our own way to let ourselves be happy.
  • Haywire
    (Ten Minute) After Erica finally says those three little words, Allan doesn't exactly respond the way she hoped he would. Together, they struggle to find a middle ground in their battle between head and heart.