Fall Out at the, um, Binge Festival

Apparently, when it rains it pours. In addition to rocking Christopher Carter Sanderson’s KNB: The Musical (four more performances as of this writing!), I’m going to be appearing in Fall Out in the Binge Festival, a Working Man’s Clothes joint.

Our play, Fall Out is a 10 minute comic bromance about the apocalypse. I’ve been rehearsing with the director and other actor, and it will be a good time. I especially like the format of the evening: It runs from 11pm–3am (we’re second on the bill, so if you’re just coming for me, you’ll be out around midnight), there’s a band and full bar, and tickets are only $5. I hope to see you there!

Fall Out

written by Larry Pontius
directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III
with Jason Robinson and Matthew Wrather

Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16
The show runs 11pm–3am. We’re second on the bill.

Wings Theater (154 Christopher Street) [map]
Between Greenwich and Washington in the West Village

$5 admission

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KNB: The Musical

KNB The MusicalI’m so excited to announce my first NYC show, an new work called KNB: The Musical, written, composed, and directed fellow Yalie Christopher Carter Sanderson. I’m in the chorus (another first!), and it’s been a great way to start off working in a new city and meet incredible, talented new people.

If you’re in the area, I hope you can check it out. Tickets are cheap ($15!), and the schedule is a little weird. I’ve heard that the prime-time shows sell quickly, so reserve online now!

Gorilla Repertory presents
the New York Int’l Fringe Fest. production of


The Romatical, Comical, Nautical Musical

written and directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson
musical director: Allison Tartalia / choreographer: Erin Porvaznika

All’s Fair in Love and the Global War on Terror? A sailor wonders what is making his life truly miserable as his Navy Reserve Boat Unit sings and dances its way toward impending deployment.

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace Univ. [map]

Sunday 8/10, 6:45pm
Thursday 8/14, 3:00pm
Sunday 8/17, 1:45pm
Thursday 8/21, 7:30pm
Saturday 8/23, 9:45 (pm, i hope)

tickets ($15! Cheap!) are available on the Fringe Website

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Matt on Film: The Raft

The Raft: Still 1

I spent the weekend before last in Fall River, MA, home of several Korean War vintage U.S. Navy ships, including the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. I was there to shoot a flashback/dream sequence for The Raft, an independent short film directed by Robert Jones.

The movie stars Ed Asner (!) as a grandfather who tells his grandson about a particular incident in WWII. The grandson then imagines the incident as his grandfather has told it, but with himself in his grandfather’s role as Captain. New Haven friends and NHTC regulars Peter Chenot and Christian Shaboo were in the scene with me, and we had more bonding experiences than we’d ever imagined—or wanted—as we stayed awake for two 6pm–6am working “days”, explored Newport, RI (I’d never been) during the downtime, and drove home to New Haven at 5am on a Tuesday.

Here are a few more pictures (click for larger versions):

The Raft: Candid 1 The Raft: Candid 2 The Raft: Candid 3

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Matt On Stage: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Most Wonderful Time of the YearHappy Holidays to one and all! You know how I like to celebrate? Tap Dancing!

That’s right—you can see me in the Cornerstone Productions Holiday show, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a song-and-dance spectacular which, for me, represents several firsts:

  • First time impersonating Elvis in front of a paying audience
  • First time lifting a scantily-clad vamp over my head mid-dance
  • NOT the first time dancing onstage with girls in their underwear (that would have been 1998, in Santa Monica Playhouse’s production of Backstreet, a musical based on Sholom Asch’s God of Vengeance, for which I also co-wrote book, music, and lyrics)

Interested in seeing the musical spectacular that’s blazing like a meteor across the Connecticut shoreline? Contact me for info…

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Matt on Stage: The Funny Stages

The Funny StagesAs ever, I’ll be appearing in New Haven Theater Company‘s The Funny Stages, CT’s only night of improv comedy and music, this month on Wednesday, November 14, at 8pm, in the back room of New Haven’s BAR (254 Crown Street). Tickets are $5, and you can bring in BAR’s delicious pizza and house brews.

We’re appearing this month with the Keith and Mazer Trio, fronted by the phenomenally talented Megan Keith.

The show starts at 8pm and should go until about 10:30 or 11, but don’t feel like you have to show up (or stay!) for the whole thing. NHTC started doing these monthly comedy shows because we wanted to create an alternative theater experience, one where you don’t have to decide to buy a subscription months in advance to pay an extortionist’s price for the privilege of sitting in an uncomfortable seat and not moving for three hours. Come, go, eat, drink, flirt, leave, return, stay, laugh, heckle… it’s all good. See you there.

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Matt On Stage: 365/365 Concludes

I’m going to be appearing at Long Wharf Theatre this Monday, November 5, in the thrilling conclusion of the New England Region‘s year of 365 Days/365 Plays, by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Working with New Haven Theater Company, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in this project since November, 2006—the New Haven Advocate called our Black Friday storefront theater the “most widely seen 365 event” in New Haven—and it will be a blast to wrap the project up by performing the Third Constant, Inaction in Action, and the final play of the year on the Long Wharf mainstage.

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New Website and Mailing List

Today, I’ve relaunched matthewwrather.com with a new design and new functionality. Aside from bio, pics, and resumé, you can always find the latest news and an RSS Feed [what’s that?] so that you can stay updated about my work and career.

If you’d like to get these occasional updates by mail, you can sign up for my mailing list using the form to the right. I promise I won’t spam you or share your mailing list (I won’t even have it—it’s all done by software).

Thanks for checking me out! Sign up and come back often!

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Matt On Stage: More 365/365

I’m once again involved in Suzan-Lori Parks’s 365 Days / 365 Plays, this time performing Week 8 in Parking Meter spaces all around New Haven. For more information, see this post on the New Haven Theater Company site.

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Matt On Stage (sort of): 365 Days / 365 Plays

I’m going to be performing with New Haven Theater Company, our local, grassroots, butt-kicking, revolutionary theater concern, at 900 Chapel Street on BLACK FRIDAY and SATURDAY, November 24 and 25, between Noon and 8pm both days.

We’re doing a continuous marathon of performances from the 365 Days / 365 Plays cycle by Suzan-Lori Parks. Visit the National Festival Site for more information about the project. Or just show up to watch, help, or act. It’s going to be a wild time.

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Matt On Stage: The Wake of Pedro de Urdemalas

I’m performing this weekend in the premiere production of Teatro Del Sol y de La Luna, the Latino Theater Wing of the New Haven Theater Company. I play the central narrator character, Pedro, in “The Wake of Pedro de Urdemalas”, an adaptation of Latin American folklore using singing, dance, and storytelling.

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