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Matthew Paul Olmos

MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS

  (1977 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Received his B.A. in Playwriting from UC Santa Barbara, where he received a Corwin Award for Best Full-Length Play, the Tragedy of Catalina's Lover. While there he acted in the Shadowbox, Romeo and Juliet, the Birthday Party, a guerilla production of Gallow's Humor and the film Clarimonde from the 1999 Reel Loud Festival. His directing credits include the original scripts Confessions and Walk of Pride. He then attended UCLA's School of Film, Theatre and Radio where he was given the GOP Award for Graduate Playwriting. Finally, he earned his MFA in Playwriting from the Actor's Studio Drama School. As a playwright, he has been produced several times in Santa Barbara and was part of the THAW festival at HERE in NYC. He was part of the 2003 and 2004 Latino Festivals and the 2002 Black History Festival at the Actor's Studio Drama School and his children's play, Cingo Amigos, was produced at Colegio de St. Augustinos in Spain. His plays the Vampire Lesson and the beautifulest room were produced through the Actor's Studio Repertory at Westbeth Theatre in New York. He was the 2004 Alternate Recipient of New Dramatists Van Lier Award. His plays seal sings its song, Wonders of the Human Body, and locomotive were produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City. His adaptation of Hideo Tsuchida's It Is Said the Men Are Over In the Steel Tower was produced at TBG Theatre, and he was one of the ensemble writers for Myth America, produced by Personal Space theatrics in 2007. He is a member of the Playwright/Director Workshop at the Actor's Studio and a finalist in the 2007 Ensemble Studio Theatre One-Act Marathon. He is on staff at the Lark Play Development Center and is the founder and Artistic Director of woken'glacier Theatre company.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        Amoralab         Brave Woman In Mexico, A         Bus That Got Cut Over Its Eye, The         Death of the Slow'dying Scuba Diver, The         i put the fear of mexico in em         It Is Said the Men Are Over In the Steel Tower         living'life of the daughter mira, the         locomotive         Myth America         Nature of Captivity, The         Olmos Family, The         Seal Sings Its Song         so go the ghosts of mexico, part one         so go the ghosts of mexico, part two         wonders of the human body



Amoralab

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Brave Woman In Mexico, A

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Bus That Got Cut Over Its Eye, The

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where four ne'er-do-well bus riders take a journey of existential and class warfare.

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part of Elephants on Parade 2009

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Death of the Slow'dying Scuba Diver, The

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staged reading As part of terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers program on Thursday, April 12

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i put the fear of mexico in em

i put the fear of mexico in em
Two couples confront each other in a back-alley bar in Tijuana. the Mexican couple, Efron and Juana, taunt, challenge and ridicule an American couple, Jonah and Andrea. Juana carries an assault rifle slung over one shoulder for equal rights. But there's a sense that Efron, himself a human machine gun, is more assertive than Jonah. In the verbal crossfire that ensues, word play from the Mexicans connotes the distancing created by cultural and language differences. the Spanish word guera, meaning blond, for example, can be interpreted as a white woman who is not welcome. Also the Spanish word guerra, a close sound-alike, means war. the two couples are at war with each other. When certain barriers are crossed, whether it's physical boundaries between countries, or in personal or sexual relationships, the situation grows dangerous. At the close of the excerpt, the American woman goes off with the Mexican man.
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Chicago Dramatists In Chicago, Il    04 Nov 2012

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Teatro Vista

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No Passport Press
Samuel French, Inc - New York (2014) >>>    978-0573701993

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drama 105 min

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It Is Said the Men Are Over In the Steel Tower

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A black comedy about four men of vaudeville team, "the Happy Lads", on a morale-boosting tour for army troops during a war. the play deals with wartime and identity, yet it remains a comedy. the play addresses no specific place or time. Rather it suggests the characters are at a battlefront somewhere in the world. the play focuses on the interpersonal relationships of the four men, and how they behave in the surroundings of an ongoing war.
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Original Playwright - Hideo Tsuchida. theatre Arts Japan presents Volume 2 of its Reading Series, which introduces contemporary Japanese plays And playwrights to American Audiences. Adapated by Matthew Paul Olmos; translated by M. Cody Poulton

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Taipei Cultural Center Of Teco In New York    2006

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living'life of the daughter mira, the

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In a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the baby Mira, premature at 32 weeks, looks to her Labor/Delivery nurse Maya as a mother figure while she fights, one breath at a time, the challenging first weeks of her life. Elsewhere in the hospital, her teenage mother and uncompromising family clash over who is fit to even raise a child. Meanwhile, Mira's father Lazaro struggles to keep a promise made to his daughter nine months earlier on a mysterious beach, in an aging Chevy Blue Cassanova van.

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Lark Play Development Center. New York, NY 10036    11 Mar 2015

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locomotive

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explores the consequences of a broken home. Through this story of a mother, father, and daughter dealing with the disintegration of their family, the play deals with themes of alcoholism and parenthood.
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Myth America

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Conceived and curated by Stephen Wargo. Features new writings by Arthur Kopit, Theresa Rebeck, Israel Horovitz, Rachel Axler, Ian Cohen, Brian Dykstra, Jason Grote, Matthew Paul Olmos, Julien Schwab, Saviana Stanescu, and Lloyd Suh. : Myth America invites audiences to take a tour through the eyes and voices of Americans from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds as they live out their American dreams and myths both accomplished and crushed with expectations exceeded and unfulfilled. From the Old West to Ike's 1950s and continuing through the 21st century, this ensemble-driven piece examines the vast range of America's Melting Pot and our conflicting views and values. Icons, idols, and symbols are examined and explored-running the gamut from baseball (the Great American Pastime), to Marilyn Monroe to the modern family unit and even the acquisition of the perfect vacuum.

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TBG Theatre, NYC    2007

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Personal Space theatrics

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Nature of Captivity, The

Nature of Captivity, The
Inspired by the Dog Catcher Riots. In part one, a put'upon family is run from their home by a settlement of people. In part two, a settlement of people get a surprise guest while simply trying to run a put'upon family from their home.

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Workshop Production As Part Of Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist Program At Performance Space 122 In New York City    22 Mar 2011

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Olmos Family, The

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Staged Reading As Part Of Primary Stages' Fresh Ink Reading Series    09 Jun 2014

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Seal Sings Its Song

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Through it we examine what it means to be a victim in our country. It's the 1980's, a mysterious cancer has just begun to spread itself into an epidemic, Reagan holds the presidency and the brutal slaughter of seals has America in an uproar.

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so go the ghosts of mexico, part one

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In 2012, Sam Shepard was awarded the Ellen Stewart Award to honor his work as a playwright who has consistently challenged conventional theatrical boundaries. As part of the award, Mr. Shepard chose Matthew Paul Olmos to create a new work to be produced at La MaMa. Olmos play, so go the ghosts of mexico, is inspired by the true story of Marisol Valles Garcia, the bravest woman in Mexico, the play follows a young woman who volunteers to replace a beheaded police chief and sets off a chain reaction in her husband, the Narcos, and perhaps the entire country of Mexico. This is the first in his three-play cycle dealing with the U.S./Mexico drug wars.

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La MaMa First Floor theatre
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003    11 Apr 2013

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http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/58933/so-go-the-ghosts-of-mexico-part-one   978-0573799914

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so go the ghosts of mexico, part two

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selected for the Sundance Institute's 2014 Theater Lab

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Baryshnikov Arts Center. New York, NY 10018    26 Mar 2015

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wonders of the human body

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