Matthew Ethan Davis
I am extremely grateful to be included in Martin Denton’s exciting project, after A Midlife’s Dream was published in Plays and Playwrights 2001, as well as all the other plays of mine he has published... and soon, three anthologies of my one-act plays.
A little bit about my personal life. Growing up gay (before the Marriage Equality movement, etc.) I always felt like an alien or something. However, the moment I stepped into the imaginary world, I knew I was home. I was five years old and my father put me in a play being performed at the college he was teaching art in. My father continued to put me in the plays of whichever college he headed the art departments of, and it saved my life. When I was six, my father took our family to live in India for a year and a half, and I fell in love with the country.
When it was time to return to America, I begged my family to leave me there. I had joined an Indian dance company, had the bells, and felt quite prepared to take care of myself. I could not bear the idea of leaving behind this magical world of colors, fantastic dancers, incredible statues, street festivals, and having to stop a car and wait while a cow napped in the street. When we returned to America, it was like the world changed from color to black and white. Theatre brought the colors back. It was only as an adult that my passion turned from acting to playwriting, which I seem to be addicted to.
One of the most exciting things that's happened as of late, is that I was accepted into The Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit based on my play Eddie. I get to listen to a reading of a new play every week, and listen to feedback from people who have decades of experience. It is so highly elevated, and I hear their comments in my mind when I am writing. I also will be having a second production in the New York International Fringe Festival, Sleep At Your Own Risk.
A profound experience I've had the luck to have is teaching Introduction to Playwriting and Play Script Analysis at Marymount Manhattan College. I love my students and I think I have learned the most, teaching them, or, are they really teaching me?
More About Matthew Ethan Davis
Meet the Playwright: Matthew Ethan Davis [February 18, 2012]
"Sleep At Your Own Risk" by Matthew Ethan Davis at FringeNYC 2015 [August 15, 2015]
The title of my play is "Sleep With At Your Own Risk," because, well, enough said. [October 31, 2014]
"Eddie" at The Midtown International Theatre festival. [July 16, 2014]