Directing Portfolio for Matthew Jared Lee
A Happy Life by Charles L. Mee
Works by Charles Mee have the propensity to showcase the extraordinary in the ordinary everyday life. A Happy Life is no exception to this rule. Mee sets his sights on reminding us that we are all artists and that we all create art every day, each in our own ways.
In true light-hearted fashion, accompanied with a cacophony of lights, sounds, and a few cookies for good measure. Our merry band of revelers guided by our host, The Therapist, go in search of their own Happy Life.
Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe
The Howie begins the story. The Rookie concludes it.
Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie is an epic tale. A wild, urban odyssey through a nightmarish landscape, hilarious, grotesque and, finally, deeply moving and touching. Featuring a kaleidoscopic array of characters including Ladyboy, a psychotic thug on a quest to avenge the deaths of his Siamese fighting fish. Malodorous adrenaline-junkies Flann Dingle and Ginger Boy, Avalanche, a ski-panted monster looking for love, the tragic Mouse, the scabies-afflicted Peaches. And the Howie. And the Rookie.
Schizo: an original performance
devised by Katie Watkins
Written and devised by Katie Watkins. Schizo, an original solo performance, provides an insight into the normalcy and mundanity of that life as my little brother battles the chaos in his mind. Part documentary and part non-narrative, movement-based theatre, Schizo included simulated auditory hallucinations, songs, movement-based representations of the disorder, and more.
Woyzeck by Georg Büchner
A New Adaptation by Matthew Jared Lee
Using the original german text and inspiration from 6 different translations, I wrote and directed a brand new adaptation of Büchner's Woyzeck. Using information about the real Franz Woyzeck case that the play was inspired from, this new adaptation was set inside a mental asylum ran by The Doctor character. Through this new adaptation opportunities were sought out to apply practical elements of Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty.
*Completed as final thesis project for the M.F.A. in Directing program at University of Portland.
Theatre Without Animals by Jean-Michel Ribes
Translated by Brooke Budy
Under special permission by Jean- Michel Ribes, the managing director of Théâtre du Rond-Point, The Factory Theatre presented for it's inaugural production the English World Premier of Jean-Michel Ribes series of 8 Absurdist stories that make up his collection Théâtre sans animaux. Performed in 12 different countries and in 12 different languages but never in english till this production. 8 absurdist pieces that make up 1 enjoyable, funny, and heart warming evening of theatre. Jean-Michel plays take a closer look at how we see our lives, relationships, and conversations with each other and then places it in a fluid, airy, and floating environment where these connections and interactions can occur, co-mingle, and disconnect with each other.
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
Exploring the saying "the more things change, the more they stay the same", Clifford Odets's Waiting for Lefty was explored with the current state of the world in mind. Setting the 1935 play in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest. The "occupiers" performed in an epic theatre style the text of Waiting for Lefty. The worlds of the past and present start to merge as the similarities become more and more striking and as audience members we question what was from a play and what was real.
Coax by Neil LaBute
Taken from LaBute's collection of short plays entitled Wrecks and other plays. Coax blurred the lines between what is just a play and what is actually happening. A person emerges from the audience, stands on stage, and explains that he is an actor but is meeting someone here tonight. He also explains that his plan is to murder this woman unless someone from the audience speaks up and warns her. Sure you might feel silly speaking up in front of everyone, but what it is actually real. Yes it's a show, but does that mean it isn't real?
Jack & the Super-Duper Way Big Beanstalk by Jeff Jenkins
Taking a new look on the old story of Jack and the Beanstalk, while utilizing elements of improv, Jack & the Super-Duper Way Big Beanstalk was an interactive show for younger audiences by adult actors. With plenty of inside jokes for older audience members, everyone had something/someone to laugh at. Produced through The Springfield Playhouse a collaboration between the children's theatre and The Skinny Improv.