"One Angry Gay Man"
Providence Fringe Festival
July 21 @ 8:30 p.m.
July 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
July 23 @ 8:30 p.m.
Ticket links will be available on July 4.
My plays and monologues have been produced by The Forge Theater Lab, Lemon Punch Theatre Lab, Becoming More Productions, Rock River Players/Hooker-Dunham Theater, The Barefoot Theatre Company, Weston Friendly Society/Theatre III, and Queerativity. I am based in central Massachusetts, where I teach public speaking for two local colleges and work as a proofreader.
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Theater Production Team Experience
Almost Adults Productions:
Brian's Poems, The Masseur and the Movie Star, A Moment of Clarity, Canonized, Last Exit, One Great Big Light (Director)
The Forge Theater Lab:
Jump Starter, Shadows in the Cave (Director)
Stepping Stone Theater:
High Tea with Alice in Alice's Restaurant (Director, Script)
Turkey Hill Middle School:
Help! I’m Trapped in a High School (Director)
Franklin Piece University:
Days of Fate (Director, Playwright), Ten Minute Play Festival: The Shining Monkey (Director)
A Fly in the Ointment (Assistant Director)
Due Credit Productions:
Only Me Beside You
The Impossible Dream: 25 Years of Dreaming
Franklin Pierce University:
Portland Actors Ensemble:
The Taming of the Shrew (Assistant Stage Manager)
Westborough Players' Club:
Pinocchio (Stage Manager)
Snoopy! (Stage Manager)
Fitchburg State University
Acting, Film Experience
Six Characters (Lead), One Angry Gay Man, Dir. Samantha deManbey
Denny (Supporting), Where Am I?, Dir. Justin Jaeger
Minister (Supporting), Pick Me Up, Dir. Sean Kelley
Featured Background, Portlandia, 6:6 "TADA,"
Sidestreet Entertainment, Inc.
Background, The Librarians 2:6 "And the Infernal Contract," Ex Libris Productions
Background, The Shack, Shk Productions, LLC
Background, Long Lost AND The Cobblestone Corridor, Dir. Erik Bloomquist
Acting, Community Theater Highlights
Absolutely Dead, Nate
Our Town (2), Howie Newsome
4th Wall Stage Company:
Awake and Sing!, Sam Feinschreiber
Twelve Angry Jurors, Juror Twelve
Westborough Players' Club:
Ordinary People, Cal Jarrett
Sterling Community Theater:
Shrek the Musical, Shrek
River's Edge Players:
The Actor’s Nightmare, George
Westfield Theatre Group:
Exit 7 Players:
Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Milt Fields Sudbury Savoyards:
The Boys Next Door, Norman Bulanksy
Fitchburg State University:
The Boys Next Door, Jack Palmer
Romeo and Juliet, Capulet
Leslie Pasternack, Owner and Director, Lemon Punch Theatre Lab:
I had the joy of meeting Matt Cogswell in March of 2020 when he submitted some short plays to a Zoom festival I was producing. I immediately loved the clarity of his writing and the combination of vulnerability and humor he brings to his characters. Matt is also an experienced and gifted actor, so I cast him in several roles over the course of the following year. Matt then collaborated with me on promotional videos and the development of my Physical Comedy class. I find Matt to be exceptionally professional, well-organized, thoughtful, and imaginative in his work. I highly recommend him as a writing and performance mentor or collaborative partner.
Philip Middleton Williams, Playwright
Matt Cogswell directed a virtual production of my play "Last Exit" for Almost Adults Theatre of Santa Fe. His approach to this two-hander play was thorough and sensitive, and he brought out elements in the characters and dialogue that made it exactly what I envisioned on stage and more so. Doing this while on-line through Zoom was an amazing accomplishment, and I would trust my work to him anytime, and I hope to work with him again in the future.
These are some of my written works.
Floating on Hope Ave (full length) - All of the characters in Floating on Hope Ave are simultaneously seeking and running away from connection. Four stories unfold within the play. Martin’s entire story takes place in one day. Alex and Brian’s story takes place in one week. Caleb and Dean’s story takes place in one month. George’s story takes place in a time span of one year. These stories are told concurrently.
Right Now (short) - Michael and Nick attempt small talk.
Small Ponds (full length) - Three actors, one of them playing multiple characters. explore the world of theater and writing your own material for the stage.
Solemn Process (short) - A film director hires a stage actor for a brief role in his film. This comedy focuses on the clash between theater and film style acting.
Untapped (one act)- An absurd look at the absurd world of gay hookup apps
In addition to my creative artistry, I am also a proofreader. I draw on my 22-plus years in education, particularly my experience teaching various writing and developmental English courses to adults.
I can offer basic proofreading services, which entails locating and editing punctuation errors, correcting spelling/commonly confused words/typos, and improving clarity of individual sentences. If an idea is unclear or if the content by itself feels like it's missing 'something,' I include notes to clients to review a section or add my suggestions, but I don't write new content, without notifying clients of that change.
For timeline, I work within given deadlines if needed to proceed forward. Depending on length of work and other commitments at any given time, it could be a few days to a week or more, depending on the length of the manuscript. If it's a long-term project, I could probably dedicate a couple hours or so on various days. It really depends on the client's plans.
I charge $20 for each hour I dedicate to a project (Venmo: Matt-Cogswell-1). That time includes proofreading/editing and correspondence. For larger projects, there can be some discount bundling to save the client some money. In terms of a client's trust on the time spent, that is a leap of faith, granted. I can only give my word that I write down the exact time I sit with a document and record breaks. So, if I dedicate say 12:00 to 4:00 on something but took three ten-minute breaks, that's three and a half hours. I also send daily (as completed) updates so you're aware of where I am in the process.
Recent Proofreading Clients:
Gerardo Zayas, research
Tuesday L. Cooper, fiction
The included images are from a concept film for my reworked solo play, "One Angry Gay Man."