Matthew Wells


A breakneck film noir fun-ride with two actresses, nineteen characters, and more dead bodies than the last scene of Hamlet.

A native of the Boston area, Matthew moved to New York to become a famous writer, and like so many other people in the arts, has been working desk jobs in large corporate offices ever since.

Produced plays include: God's Country, performed as part of the Charlotte Rep's 1988 New Playwrights Festival, and later produced Off-Off Broadway at Theatre Club Funambules on Ludlow Street in February 1990; The Goose Girl, done in Los Angeles at the Theatre of N.O.T.E. in May 1990; The Mildred Piece, produced by InCoAct at Musical Theatre Works in November 1991; Don Juan in Hell's Kitchen, done in New York by Ariel Theatre Company in August of 1993 and in Virginia by Tapestry Theatre Co. in June 2002; Wildest Dreams (Lightning Strikes, March 1994); The Auschwitz Circus (A Theatre Co, July 1995); and Time's Unknown (Echo Repertory Theatre Co., July 2000).

As for this century, his play about Oscar Wilde, Oscar and Adonis, won the 2000 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival One-Act Play Award, and was performed as part of the 2001 Festival in New Orleans. It was also performed along with The Dead Poet, a one-act about Shakespeare and Marlowe, as part of an evening entitled Dead Poets in January 2003 (Omaemoda Productions, Washington, D.C.). Schrödinger’s Girlfriend, a comedy about subatomic physics, was given staged readings by Ensemble Studio Theatre at both the 1999 and 2000 First Light Festivals, opened the Magic Theatre’s 2001-2002 season in November 2001, and was produced in the spring of 2003 at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. Donna Paradise, a comedy about marriage, was produced in November 2002 at the Phil Bosakowski Theatre in New York by Double Helix Theatre Company. Double Helix also produced a one-act entitled Water Over The Bridge as part of an evening of flood-myth-related children’s plays entitled (appropriately enough) Flood in June of 2004. Monkey’s Uncle, a comedy about the evolution debate, was commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2005 as part of their Sloan Project, and was given readings at EST’s First Light Festival in 2005 and 2006.

Matthew is also responsible for the script (but not the voice-over) of the children's movie Starlight; and partially responsible for the book of the 1985 Off-Broadway musical Hamelin. He was the winner of Slate’s 2010 Significant Objects competition, and 21 of his Manhattan Sonnets can be heard on the New River Dramatists archive on Art International Radio. Published works include the short-story version of "The Auschwitz Circus," which was the cover story of the June 1996 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and various rants, skits, poems and observations, all of which can be found at his blog, A Likely Story (