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Matt McGeachy

Matt McGeachy is a dramaturg and theatre critic based in Toronto. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Factory Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Kennedy Center, York University, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. Previously he has written for MinnesotaPlaylist.com and MONDO Magazine. When not reading scripts, working with playwrights, or seeing shows, he is an avid cook, bicyclist, and reader. He tries to live a life in theatre guided by the words of Albert Camus: “Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present.”

Photo from Forgiveness: A Theatrical Poem.
The Mystery of Forgiveness at the Modern Times Stage Company
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The Mystery of Forgiveness at the Modern Times Stage Company

1 April 2014

Matt McGeachy writes about Modern Times Stage Company's Forgiveness: A Theatrical Poem, an intense movement piece exploring the dialetic between forgiveness and forgetting. 

Confronting an Ugly Truth
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Confronting an Ugly Truth

Beauty, Conformity, and Ethics in Marius von Mayenberg’s The Ugly One

13 February 2014

Matt McGeachy looks at the Tarragon Theatre's production of The Ugly One and how it tackles the phenomenon of the "handsome bubble"

Photo from The Gay Heritage Project.
Touching Time
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Touching Time

Choosing Gay Heritage in The Gay Heritage Project

12 December 2013

Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir explore gay heritage while questioning whether such a thing can actually exist resulting in a living archive in a play structure.

Poster for Wreck Ball #15.
The Artist as Worker
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The Artist as Worker

Solidarity in To Russia with (Gay) Love

26 November 2013

Matt McGeachy writes about To Russia with (Gay) Love, and how artists can find solidarity in the struggles of those from which they are isolated.

The Dramaturg Corps of the Potomac
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The Dramaturg Corps of the Potomac

Training New Play Dramaturgs

16 August 2013

Matt McGeachy reports on the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive at the Kennedy Center, and how listening is much better than speaking when it comes to developing new work.

A photo from The Daisy Theatre.
A Stunning Bouquet
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A Stunning Bouquet

Ronnie Burkett's The Daisy Theatre

18 July 2013

Matt McGreachy writes about Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes’s production of The Daisy Theatre at the Luminato Festival in Toronto.

Photo from a production of Passion Play.
Encounters with Grace
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Encounters with Grace

Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play in Toronto's East End

11 July 2013

The Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, which probes faith, brought together a group of strangers for an immersive four hour play resulting in the possible confirmation of faith in community.

The Quotidian as Epic
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The Quotidian as Epic

VideoCabaret’s War of 1812

28 May 2013

Matt McGeachy tallks about VideoCabaret’s The War of 1812, which attempts to understand the war and its consequences through comedy, tragedy, and Canadian history.