Matthew Wells

Fourth Place Winner

MATTHEW WELLS is a New York-based playwright and poet whose productions include God's Country, performed at Charlotte Rep's New Playwrights Festival and produced Off-Off Broadway at Theatre Club Funambules, The Mildred Piece, (InCoAct, NYC), Don Juan in Hell's Kitchen (Ariel Theatre Co, NYC; Tapestry Theatre Co, VA), The Auschwitz Circus (A Theatre Co, NYC), Schrodinger's Girlfriend (EST Sloan Grant; Magic Theatre, San Francisco; Act II Playhouse, Ambler PA), Oscar and Adonis (2000 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival One-Act Play Award), and Scarlet Woman (2011 Frigid Festival, NYC; Edmonton Fringe; Winnipeg Fringe; Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul).  His play about 9/11, Beautiful Day , was a finalist at both the 2013 National Playwrights Conference and the 2013 Lark Playwrights Week, and was given a staged reading at Actors Theatre of Charlotte’s 2016 nuVoices Festival.

His what-if comedy about Hamlet in his fifties, Countrie Matters, was part of the PlayLab series at the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Conference; his ten-minute play Romeo was read at the Red Bull Theater Short Play Festival in July 2015; his ten-minute play Elvis at Auschwitz was done by Nylon Fusion in August 2015 as part of their This Round’s On You series. 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 a book of poetry, Out of Sequence.