Matthew Weaver

Matthew Weaver

Matthew Weaver is a Spokane, Wash., playwright and screenwriter. --- His plays have been produced in Washington State, Canada, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, California, Florida, Ireland and Japan. His comedy "Bed Ride" was a 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks annual play contest in Plano, Texas....
Matthew Weaver is a Spokane, Wash., playwright and screenwriter. --- His plays have been produced in Washington State, Canada, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, California, Florida, Ireland and Japan. His comedy "Bed Ride" was a 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks annual play contest in Plano, Texas. "Variations on a First Kiss" received Audience Favorite Comedy in the Exit 7 Players Theater's Short Play Contest. --- "Awnings" received the Robert Barnard Audience Award-Friday for a reading at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, December 2016. --- "The Fluidity of Truth" is a semifinalist in the NYC Playwrights project Women in the Age of Trump. --- His screenplay "Trapped in a First Kiss" is a finalist in the first annual Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival in Twin Falls, Idaho, in October 2016. --- His short screenplay "Untoward" is a 2016 semifinalist in the DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C., and a quarterfinalist in the Richmond International Film Festival in Richmond, Va. --- He works by day as a reporter for an agricultural newspaper. Listen to a May 2017 interview with the Washington Grain Commission podcast, Wheat All About It: http://wagrains.org/podcast/episode-18-behind-the-curtain/ --- His short screenplay "The Lift" received the only honorable mention in the Short. Sweet. Film Fest screenplay contest in March 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Plays

  • The Quail
    TEN-MINUTE: Before they move to Rhode Island, Jillian and Nolan spend one last weekend at Quail Rock. Selected for Northwest Ten Festival in Eugene, Oregon, in March 2018.
  • Smackeroo
    A monologue, narrated by the first kiss shared by a couple. Selected for Monologue-A-Looza February 2018 in Hollywood, CA.
  • A Sprig of Mistletoe Up in That One Little Corner of the Jail
    ONE-ACT: Young Alec, the sheriff's son, spends Christmas Eve with the notorious bank robbers Bonnie and Bonnie. Selected for the Long Form March 16-18, 2018 at Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Wash.
  • Timmy's Big Kiss
    YA FULL-LENGTH COMEDY: Timmy Hilsop is on the run from every girl in his school and the tri-county area, all of whom want to kiss him to win a prize established by his rock star older brother, Van. But does Timmy even want to be kissed? Selected for the 2018 Plays-In-Development program at The Sauk in Jonesville, Michigan in June 2018.
  • Confidence Boost
    TEN-MINUTE OR LESS: Ivy helps neighbor Houle tie his tie before a big date.
  • High School Nachos
    TEN-MINUTE: Written in an hour and performed for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, California, Jan. 27, 2018. The prompt was: "Yes time travel is possible. Will explain later." - Jose Conseco V. travels back in time for a favorite meal.
  • Alistair Eats Alone
    TEN-MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Alistair Caulfield dines in a restaurant full of couples, talking to himself. A monologue.
  • The Word
    ONE-MINUTE: Fred and Ruth wait for word. One-minute play, performed by Stage Left Theatre, Spokane, Wash., in February 2018.
  • Onion Ode
    TEN-MINUTE YOUTH MONOLOGUE: A young performer, dressed as a Walla Walla sweet onion, delivers a report on the vegetable, produced in a specific region in Washington State.
  • The Wish
    ONE-MINUTE: Colton makes a familiar birthday wish as Lydia looks on. A one-minute play. Originally performed January 2017 as part of Stage Left Theater's Fast and Furious festival in Spokane. Wash.
  • Sit Here For the Present: An Appreciation of Beverly Cleary
    TEN-MINUTE: Five performers talk about their favorite books written by Beverly Cleary, author of the Ramona Quimby series. Written for the 365 Women a Year Project.
  • Calpurnia Delivers Caesar's Papers to Mark Antony
    TEN-MINUTE: Calpurnia, final wife to Julius Caesar, delivers his papers to Mark Antony following Caesar's assassination. Written for the 365 Women a Year project.
  • Flies at the Nativity
    TEN-MINUTE: Yes, you read the title right. Three common houseflies are present at the site of the birth of the Baby Jesus.
  • The Ark
    TEN-MINUTE: Noah's three sons - Japheth, Shem and Ham - have to usher in the animals two by two on the boat their father recently built. A 10-minute comedy, selected for performance on the Onstage-Offstage podcast by George Sapio in October 2017. http://www.gsapio.com/podcasts/itunes/171001WEAVER.mp3
  • Enter Bruce, Dragging His Mother-in-Law's Body
    MONOLOGUE: Bruce enters the stage, dragging the dead body of his mother-in-law. A monologue, written for the NYC Playwright's Write a Monologue For Me program in September 2017.
  • Mind Your Ps and Qs
    TEN-MINUTE: Workers at a typesetting company experience a moment of temptation. Author's note: This was written after reading "Letter Perfect," a history of the origins of the alphabet, by David Sacks, and learning the origins of the expression "Mind your Ps and Qs," referring to keeping the letters straight when using movable type.
  • egg salad and cola
    TEN-MINUTE: Newlyweds Elliott and Nan are enjoying the last evening of their honeymoon when Elliott, a chef, decides to make Nan's lunch for the next day back at work. What Nan reveals astonishes him.
  • When You Are a Little Bit Older
    YA-ONE-ACT: Owen tags along on older brother Cooper's hot date at the movies with Ava. But then Owen runs out of popcorn ... Selected for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival in Carnegie, PA, produced by Thoreau NM - a Production Company, in September 2017. Shortlisted for the International Talent Club Balkan Regional Playwrights Childrens Drama category in July 2017.
  • Awnings
    TEN-MINUTE: Arthur and Viola find themselves under an awning in the middle of a storm. A 10-minute play. Winner, Robert Barnard Audience Award-Friday for reading at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, December 2016. Selected for Curious Arrow Theatre's Lucid Short Play Festival in September 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven
    TEN-MINUTE: Jordan McMint wants to be Charlie Donner's first kiss during a game at a party. Charlie's saving his first kiss for Caitlin. Unstoppable force meets immovable object in a closet. Part of the "First Kisses" evening of short plays. Selected for the Red Eye 10s International Play Festival, produced on the same day in Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, three sites in...
    TEN-MINUTE: Jordan McMint wants to be Charlie Donner's first kiss during a game at a party. Charlie's saving his first kiss for Caitlin. Unstoppable force meets immovable object in a closet. Part of the "First Kisses" evening of short plays. Selected for the Red Eye 10s International Play Festival, produced on the same day in Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, three sites in California, Florida, Ireland and Japan Sept. 30, 2017. Dates for Texas and Germany TBD!
  • View From the Reef
    TEN-MINUTE: Cauliflower corals Collie and Coral have never left the coral reef. Why would they? But a chance encounter with a deep sea diver has them questioning the future. Originally written for the Saving Endangered Species international playwriting contest in 2015. My challenge to myself was to write about an invertebrate, and ultimately to try to write the most moving play about cauliflower coral possible.
  • Friday Nights at the Food Court
    YA ONE-ACT: Selected for Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival June 2017, in Brooklyn, NY. Kent Rowan and brother Bobby are at the food court of their local mall, getting dinner after buying shoes for Bobby. Cheryl Jarvis, the girl Kent likes, is at another table with friends Brandy and Madison. Her overbearing boyfriend, Keith, crashes the party to check in on his girlfriend. Love and hate,...
    YA ONE-ACT: Selected for Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival June 2017, in Brooklyn, NY. Kent Rowan and brother Bobby are at the food court of their local mall, getting dinner after buying shoes for Bobby. Cheryl Jarvis, the girl Kent likes, is at another table with friends Brandy and Madison. Her overbearing boyfriend, Keith, crashes the party to check in on his girlfriend. Love and hate, betrayal and woe all play out among the teen scene at a local mall on a Friday night.
  • X
    ONE-MINUTE: A very short play only using words that begin with the letter X for dialogue. Xerxes comes upon the mysterious Mr. X in a park, looking to make a sale. But Xerxes has his own agenda ...
  • The Embrace
    TEN-MINUTE: Written in an hour Jan. 21, 2018, for the Nugget Fringe Festival Three-Hour Plays in Grass Valley, CA. Judith is quietly crying on a park bench when Claudette and her boyfriend pass through. The prompt we were given was the quote by Rumi, "The hurt we embrace becomes joy. Call it to your arms where it can change."
  • Spin The Bottle
    10-MINUTE-PLUS: Six frisky seniors play a favorite childhood game. Part of the "First Kisses" evening of short plays.
  • Second Kisses
    TEN-MINUTE: It's Ian's eighteenth birthday. He and Portia can't seem to stop kissing about it.
  • Rugburn
    FIVE TO TEN-MINUTE-ISH: An evil clown asks young Cole for a simple favor: A genuine smile. Backstory: In college I got the chance to write a paper about evil clowns for a Monsters in Literature/Film class. (Thanks, The Joker and Stephen King!) Years later, a competition put out requests for scripts that reflect and ponder on the nature of certain monsters. My monster of choice was immediate, and I got to put my research to good use.
  • Operation Keep the Kitten Alive
    TEN-MINUTE: Lifelong friends Seabone and Ogden are high schoolers recovering from recent appendectomies. Bad things happen when they're bored. Zelda Zwieback is tasked with keeping them occupied and from popping their stitches. Written and performed as part of Stage Left Theater's 24-hour play festival, Left Overs, in Spokane, Wash. As part of the festival, writers were required to use a particular...
    TEN-MINUTE: Lifelong friends Seabone and Ogden are high schoolers recovering from recent appendectomies. Bad things happen when they're bored. Zelda Zwieback is tasked with keeping them occupied and from popping their stitches. Written and performed as part of Stage Left Theater's 24-hour play festival, Left Overs, in Spokane, Wash. As part of the festival, writers were required to use a particular prop; in this instance, a ceramic kitten. Directed by Jessica Rempel. Starred Ezra Way as Seabone, Jacob Carruthers as Ogden and Joni Elizabeth as Zelda. Edited to add: I have to say, total credit for Zelda's history as a thumb wrestler came from Joni. When I asked the performers their comfort zones, and if they had any special abilities, Joni - independent of anything - proceeded to tell me how she had been a champion thumb wrestler in school, so good her thumb had its own name: Hank. It was a gift.
  • Abby & Ksenia & the Monster
    TEN-MINUTE: A Terrifying Monster is in Abby and Ksenia's room. The sisters need to try to ignore it. Performed as part of Mildred's Umbrella Theater's Museum of Dysfunction play festival, July 2017, Houston, Texas. Performed as part of Dramatic Acting track for Summer School for Performing Arts in Westford, MA, July 2017. Selected for Abiding Harvest Shorts Play Festival in Broken Arrow, OK, October 2017.
  • I, Marshmallow
    TEN-MINUTE: Everyone loves a camp fire. Except for maybe the marshmallows. Performed as part of Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, in December 2016.
  • Quite
    One-minute play. Uses only words that begin with the letter "Q" for dialogue. Performed in January 2016 during the Fast and Furious one-minute play festival at Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Wash.
  • Feminine Care
    10- to 15-MINUTE: Three guys find themselves in the feminine care aisle, having to pick out a product for the important ladies in their lives. Key dialogue written by Emily Wagnitz. Originally performed June 2012 by Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane, Wash., directed by Will Gilman. Also performed on Spokane community radio the same year.
  • Arguing With Toasters
    TEN-MINUTEISH: Four women argue with toasters. Selected for University of St. Thomas' Ampersand 2.0 Festival April 2017 in Houston, Texas.
  • The Girl Wore Red Licorice
    ONE-ACT: Produced as part of Spokane Civic Theatre's Playwrights Forum Festival in summer of 2014. A psychic comes up to Peter Hopewell and tells him when and where to meet the love of his life ... and what she'll be wearing.
  • Be in the Moment
    A playwright observes the activities going on around them on a particular day in Spokane, Wash. Theater verite. A finalist for the Dionysian magazine, issue 002, February 2017.
  • Under an Iguana Moon
    TEN-MINUTE: Written and performed in 24 hours as part of Stage Left Theater's Left Overs Festival in Spokane, Wash., in March 2015. Directed by Juan Mas, starring Aubrey Shimek Davis and Jordan Lannen. Avery and Zoey both find Iggy, a stuffed iguana, for the important little girls in their lives, but there's only one. And neither woman is going to let him go.
  • The Fluidity of Truth
    TEN-MINUTE: Gina accuses Donnie of being inappropriate. Semifinalist in NYC Playwrights' Women in the Age of Trump project.
  • Velociraptors in the Garden
    "Downton Abbey" meets "Jurassic Park." A ten-minute comedy. Absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever.
  • New Mistakes
    FIVE-MINUTE: Selected for Cone Man Running Productions' Five-Minute Mile Play Festival November 2016 in Houston, Texas. Wally and Sam are two lonely hearts giving love a second chance. They're meeting in person for the first time. Via text, Wally sends Sam a suggestion ... Part of the "First Kisses" evening of one-acts.
  • Bed Ride
    FULL-LENGTH: 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks play contest in Plano, Texas. Directed by Beverly Hasper at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013. Bob and Agatha Outhaus are confined to their bed for medical reasons. Agatha is eight months and three weeks pregnant and just about to give birth, and Bob broke both of his legs. Bob is an outdoors newspaper columnist, but hasn't...
    FULL-LENGTH: 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks play contest in Plano, Texas. Directed by Beverly Hasper at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013. Bob and Agatha Outhaus are confined to their bed for medical reasons. Agatha is eight months and three weeks pregnant and just about to give birth, and Bob broke both of his legs. Bob is an outdoors newspaper columnist, but hasn't wanted to tell his bosses about his injuries, so he's still been writing his column like he's getting out and about. Their nurse, Joan, has a thing for bad boys. Bob's ne'er-do-well brother, Simon, arrives to help out and brings his girlfriend, Twinkie, with him. But trouble tends to follow Simon around ... unless it's already on the Outhaus doorstep!
  • Aces Are Feverish
    FULL-LENGTH: Directed by Joanne Moore Bracht; Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., Summer of 2016 Ace Valentine is a classic noir detective like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Only she has a cold. When a sexy club singer asks her to investigate the disappearance of his missing wife, Ace is forced to confront old flames and longtime rivals. Before long, she's on the trail of a killer, consuming a large...
    FULL-LENGTH: Directed by Joanne Moore Bracht; Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., Summer of 2016 Ace Valentine is a classic noir detective like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Only she has a cold. When a sexy club singer asks her to investigate the disappearance of his missing wife, Ace is forced to confront old flames and longtime rivals. Before long, she's on the trail of a killer, consuming a large quantity of doughnuts - her medicine of choice - and dodging bullets. And ducking is hard when you have the sniffles.
  • Variations on a First Kiss
    TEN-MINUTE: Received Audience Favorite Comedy, Exit 7 Players Theater Short Play Contest in Ludlow, Mass., February 2016. Performed as part of Mad Lab Theatre's Theatre Roulette Festival in Columbus, Ohio, May 2016. Azalea finds out Christopher has never had his first kiss. He proceeds to imagine the many, many ways it could go wrong.
  • Asterisk Kisses
    TEN-MINUTE-PLUS: Performed by Fearless Productions, Kicking and Screaming Festival in Rahway, N.J., February 2016 Logan asks Jessica to be his first kiss.
  • True Love's Kiss
    TEN-MINUTE: Performed by Liberty Lake Community Theatre as part of New Works Festival, March 2017, in Liberty Lake, Wash.. Performed by Mad Lab Theatre as part of Theatre Roulette festival, May 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Wicked witch Prunetoria has cast a spell on Princess Honeysuckle. Only true love's kiss will wake her up. But there's a catch ... It's up to Prince Darling, Prince Dashing...
    TEN-MINUTE: Performed by Liberty Lake Community Theatre as part of New Works Festival, March 2017, in Liberty Lake, Wash.. Performed by Mad Lab Theatre as part of Theatre Roulette festival, May 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Wicked witch Prunetoria has cast a spell on Princess Honeysuckle. Only true love's kiss will wake her up. But there's a catch ... It's up to Prince Darling, Prince Dashing and Prince Ruggedly Handsome to ride to Honeysuckle's rescue. Meanwhile, on the horizon, another princess is making her way to the castle ...
  • First Kisses
    FULL-LENGTH: An evening of short plays devoted to first kisses. Includes "New Mistakes," "True Love's Kiss," "Asterisk Kisses" and "Variations on a First Kiss." In "The Kissing Scene," Quinn discovers Dominick's secret. In "Shrug," a boy and girl wonder what all the fuss is about. In "The Cereals Aisle," a man and woman...
    FULL-LENGTH: An evening of short plays devoted to first kisses. Includes "New Mistakes," "True Love's Kiss," "Asterisk Kisses" and "Variations on a First Kiss." In "The Kissing Scene," Quinn discovers Dominick's secret. In "Shrug," a boy and girl wonder what all the fuss is about. In "The Cereals Aisle," a man and woman share a passionate moment in the middle of a grocery store. In "Spin the Bottle,"a group of senior citizens play a favorite childhood game. In "Seven Minutes in Heaven," Jordan tries to give Charlie his first kiss.
  • Gluttony & Lust Are Friends
    FULL-LENGTH: Read as part of the WILDSound Festival in Canada in August 2015. At the annual gathering of the Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony and Lust begin commiserating about the monotony of their routines. Apparently even having sex all the time and eating as much as you could ever want eventually gets really boring. So Gluttony and Lust swap, and are so reinvigorated and energized that they convince the...
    FULL-LENGTH: Read as part of the WILDSound Festival in Canada in August 2015. At the annual gathering of the Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony and Lust begin commiserating about the monotony of their routines. Apparently even having sex all the time and eating as much as you could ever want eventually gets really boring. So Gluttony and Lust swap, and are so reinvigorated and energized that they convince the other deadly sins to follow suit. Meanwhile, the world falls into chaos, with erotic bakeries taking the place of Starbucks on every street corner and a sumo wrestler being named the Sexiest Person Currently Breathing. Eventually the Virtues get involved, as all the changes threaten to bring about the apocalypse. Set entirely in a Chinese buffet restaurant.
  • Cashmere Woods
    FULL-LENGTH: A group of friends gathers for their semi-regular "Guy's Night Out" poker game. All of them are at various stages of life - Teddy and his wife just had a baby. Hank just started dating again. Clint is suspicious of his wife. John is embarking on a new business venture. Pierce is distracted by worry. They're all starving, because it's The Stooge's night to bring food...
    FULL-LENGTH: A group of friends gathers for their semi-regular "Guy's Night Out" poker game. All of them are at various stages of life - Teddy and his wife just had a baby. Hank just started dating again. Clint is suspicious of his wife. John is embarking on a new business venture. Pierce is distracted by worry. They're all starving, because it's The Stooge's night to bring food. Only The Stooge apparently met a girl ... All characters are male, but are to be played by female performers.