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Mat Smart

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Mat Smart is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, where he was a McKnight Advancement Grant and two-time Jerome Fellowship recipient. Samuel J. and K. premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival starring Justin Long and Owiso Odera (subsequent productions include Steppenwolf and Passage Theatre). Other plays include: The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company), The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Warehouse Theatre and LiveWire in Chicago) and The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference). He has been commissioned by South Coast Rep and Huntington. Co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in NYC. MFA: UCSD. An avid baseball fan and traveler, Mat has been to 28 of the current MLB stadiums, all 50 states and 6 continents – including a recent stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He is currently a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages and this summer, he will be in The Working Farm, the inaugural writer’s group at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He lives in Brooklyn.

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The 13th of Paris

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In this charming and theatrical romantic comedy, Vincent travels to an apartment in Paris carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. Then he begins receiving romantic advice from a dapper ghost in a pinstripe suit, Vincent wonders if the love he imagines is possible, even in the 13th of Paris.

The 13th of Paris was originally commissioned and developed by South Coast Repertory with support from the Elizabeth George Foundation. The writing of The 13th of Paris was supported in part by the 2006 Conference of The New Harmony Project. The play received its world premiere at City Theatre in Pittsburgh PA, Tracy Bridgen Artistic Director, Greg Quinlan, Managing Director.  It has since been produced at Seattle Public Theatre, Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, The Public Theatre of Maine and The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC.

A Bed the Size of Portugal

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Olivia is beautiful.  Oscar is beautiful.  They are newlyweds and completely in love with each other.  Everyone is jealous.  But Olivia snores like a sailor and Oscar hasn't slept in months.  Will a bed the size of Portugal solve their problem?

A Bed the Size of Portugal has received readings and workshops at Ars Nova, Shakespeare on the Sound and in the Atlantic Theatre Company’s Latino MixFest 2010.


The Royal Society of Antarctica


A public reading of Playwrights' Center Core Writer Mat Smart's THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTARCTICA.

Director: Jeremy Cohen

Cast: Sun Mee Chomet, James Craven, Steve Epp, Charity Jones, Ron Menzel, Randy Reyes, Neal Skoy, Susanna Stahlmann, Anna Sundberg

Tinker to Evers to Chance

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Lauren makes a rare trip home to Chicago to take her ailing mother, Nessa, to the biggest Cubs game of the year—the infamous Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. But Nessa has disappeared, leaving behind her caretaker and the fresh manuscript of a play about Cubs great Johnny Evers. As she searches the script and city for her mother, Lauren is forced to answer the question: when is enough enough?

Samuel J. and K.

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Samuel J. surprises his adopted brother, Samuel K., with a trip back to his birth country of Cameroon for college graduation — but Samuel K. has no desire to face a place and a past that abandoned him. Samuel J. and K. challenges the traditional definitions of family and asks if a place we’ve only imagined can become home overnight.

Samuel J. and K. premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2010 with Justin Long as Samuel J. and Owiso Odera as Samuel K. It will be produced in February/March 2011 in Chicago at Steppenwolf Young Adult.

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