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L-R: Brenda Hattingh Peatross and Josh Richardson.

In the Top 10 Utah arts events!

The fun found-space theatre project I did last summer, FROM JUNE TO AUGUST, was mentioned in the Utah Review’s annual Top 10 list of arts events across the state.

(Along with WORSHIP, by friend Morag Shepherd, and FIRE! by friend Jenifer Nii, acted by the always adroit Carleton Bluford, who was in my play A\VERSION OF EVENTS in 2015.)

 

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On a stage, a woman stands at a mic with a projection behind her showing a green cliffside.

Ooo, photos for RADIO HOUR @ Plan-B

The 2023 Radio Hour co-production between Plan-B Theatre and KUER’s RadioWest opens this Friday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It’s my second adaption of a Sherlock Holmes story. The first was THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE, which premiered in 2012. This is THE FINAL PROBLEM, the story of Holmes’ “death” at the hands of Moriarty.

The photos, taken by Sharah Meservy, are gorgeous.

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A Latina woman leans in to kiss a white man on a couch.

“…characters that are so well-rounded and multi-layered” ~ Gephardt Daily

The first review for Wasatch Theatre Company’s production of ART & CLASS is out — and it’s a good one!

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“…the most charming of rom-coms” ~ The Gephardt Daily

Here’s a rave from the Gephardt Daily for my new summer rom-com, FROM JUNE TO AUGUST.

My favorite bit: “The script, direction and performances are so subtle and natural that you really forget you are watching a play; it just feels like a slice of life.”

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L-R: Brenda Hattingh Peatross and Josh Richardson.

“…witty, sensitive, realistic and intelligently sentimental.” ~ The Utah Review

Another great review for my new summer rom-com, FROM JUNE TO AUGUST.

This part: “Indeed, this is easily Bennett’s lightest, most playful script to date. But, he also manages — with his usual supreme skill — to anchor the story and dialogue in intelligent, mature realities. Certainly, the quartet of actors gleefully romped through this little summer gem.”

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FROM JUNE TO AUGUST @ Meanwhile Park

My one-act romantic comedy, FROM JUNE TO AUGUST, is playing at Meanwhile Park. Click here for tickets! We run July 27, 28, 29 and August 3, 4, 5, 2023 @ 8:30p.m. A drink is included with your ticket. 😉

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An editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune

The Utah legislature passed a terrible law in their last session: a law prohibiting people from rescuing sick animals from concentrated feeding operations. While it was still being considered, I wrote this editorial for The Salt Lake Tribune.

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“…a refreshing take on the family drama genre”

Another review of THE WHOLE LOT from TVFanatic. THE WHOLE LOT will screen next in September, in Kansas City, and might appear in the West later this year.

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Selected Works



Photo by Doug Carter

PROFILES:

Matthew Ivan Bennett has been Resident Playwright of Plan-B Theatre since 2007, where he’s premiered several stage plays and 12 radio plays in collaboration with KUER’s RadioWest. His work usually focuses on the sociopolitical while centering character and humor. His adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN won the Best Feature Program award from the Utah Broadcasters’ Association. His one-person play ERIC(A) won Best Drama at the United Solo Festival in New York. His road trip play, A\VERSION OF EVENTS is published with Stage Rights ». His anti-bullying play DIFFERENT=AMAZING—for grades 3 to 6—is published with Leicester Bay Theatricals ». With the O’Neill, he’s been a Finalist (LET DOWN YOUR HAIR, 2016) and Semifinalist (ART & CLASS, 2019). He’s won the Best Local Playwright award from PlayUtah and Salt Lake’s City Weekly honored with an Arty for writing Plan-B’s entire season in 2009. In 2014, he received the Holland New Voices award from Great Plains Theatre Commons and returned in 2019 to workshop his play ART & CLASS. His short plays have appeared at Pacific Play Company in Seattle, the Source Festival in DC, Monkeyman in Toronto, and Theatre Out in Santa Ana. His comedy A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY ran at the Omaha Community Playhouse. His short film B+A appeared at Slamdance and his feature-length film THE WHOLE LOT was an Official Selection of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, the Kansas City Independent Film Festival, the Mesa Independent Film Festival, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Mumbai Indie-Fest, and the New York International Reel Film Festival in 2022 and 2023. In 2015 and 2016, he was a screenwriting finalist at the Austin Film Festival. In Utah, he’s worked as a playwright and/or actor with the Salt Lake Acting Company, Pygmalion, Sackerson (devised pieces: A BRIEF WALTZ IN A LITTLE ROOM and THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE), and Wasatch Theatre Company. His rom-com FROM JUNE TO AUGUST was the Official Selection for Meanwhile Park’s second season in Salt Lake. Matt served 13 years as Assistant Business Manager for Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as reading for their Play-by-Play series, and was previously a part-time Literary Manager for The Constructivists in Milwaukee. His poetry has been published with Sugar House Review, Western Humanities, Utah Life, unearthed, and Organic Ink, Volume 5 ». Matt earned his Bachelors in Theatre from Southern Utah University—where he also acted for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s educational tours of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as Grumio and A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM as Puck. He is a member of Futurescapes and the Dramatists Guild.

Upcoming Projects: Plan-B Theatre Lab reading of BY THE HORNS (March 2024), acting in MOTHER OF THE MAID at Pygmalion Theatre (May 2024); IN YOUR DREAMS at Sackerson (May/June 2024); possible show at Great Salt Lake Fringe (August 2024); Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency in Taos, New Mexico (Sept. 2024-Dec.2024).