Matthew S. Hinton

Matthew S. Hinton was born in the back seat of his great grandmother’s Posten Taxi in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He teaches college-level writing and literature, and is a scholar of the life and work of Norman Mailer. He is a poet, playwright, photographer, actor, and occasional journalist, and is the creator of the Playroom series. He is a founding member of Gaslight Theatre Company, and has authored several plays, including Quiet Cowboy, but is particularly fond of one acts and short works. He dreams in analog.

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  • Playroom

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 110 Minutes
    • 2F-5F, 2M - 5M

    Simple Set

    Playroom is a series of comedies created by the author as a way to explore the short play and “one act” format, one setting (and one evening) at a time. An otherwise ordinary family, the characters of Hinton’s Playroom are thrust into extraordinary, supernatural, and preternatural circumstances.

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    $11.00$70.00
  • Rich’s Well-Made

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 1-4F, 1-4M

    Simple Set

    “Rich’s Well-Made”, set in the bathroom, is the second installment in the Playroom series. At its heart, Playroom is a series about exploring the hidden value of everyday spaces, as well as connecting (and reconnecting) with loved ones. Playroom is a theatrical experiment that examines the relationships of the nuclear family against the backdrops of a seemingly normal home.

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    $8.00$35.00
  • Patres Familias

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 2M/0F Max/Min 2

    Simple Set

    “Patres Familias” is the sixth installment in the Playroom series, and this one finds Rich just off of his back porch, stealing some time (and some beer) with his neighbor.

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  • Out Out

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2

    Simple Set

    “Out, Out” is the fourth installment in the Playroom series, and it may be set in the master bedroom. It seems like an ordinary end to an ordinary day when Rich and Carol retire for the night–until

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  • Oil Pandango

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 0-4M, 2-5F

    Simple Set

    “Oil Pandango” is the fifth installment in the Playroom series, and it’s set in the garage. A lot of teens take over the garage with dreams of starting a band, but Marla isn’t a lot of teens.

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  • Drake Disappears

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3

    Simple Set

    “Drake Disappears” set in the kitchen, is the first installment in the Playroom series. When Drake goes missing during an everyday game of hide-and-seek, his older sister Marla discovers that he has slipped from our timeline and probably discovering the bay of San Francisco. Is he inadvertently today’s answer to Sir Francis Drake?

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  • Dinner With Osmina

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 20 Minutes
    • 2-3F, 2-4M

    Simple Set

    “Dinner with Osmina” is the seventh installment in the Playroom series, and it finally features the whole family in one place! The anticipation of a nice family dinner bringing everyone together explodes because of an unexpected guest.

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  • All the Year

    by Matthew S. Hinton
    • 10 minutes
    • 2F2M

    Simple Set

    Where has the time gone? The eighth and final installment of Hinton’s Playroom series, “All the Year”, is set in the living room – one decorated for every big day on the calendar.

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