Matt & Ben

by  Brenda Withers, Mindy Kaling

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2f

"Absolutely delightful and deliciously spiteful! Sharp and clever, Matt & Ben succeeds!" - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Time Magazine: Top 5 Plays of the Year
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Matt & Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar […] before anyone actually gave a damn. When the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2002 New York International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Absolutely delightful and deliciously spiteful! Sharp and clever, Matt & Ben succeeds!" - The New York Times

"TOP 5 SHOWS OF THE YEAR!" - Time Magazine

"BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR!" - NY1

"HOT LIST PICK! Catch Matt & Ben!" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"The hottest ticket in town! A twisted tale about how Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the Oscar-winning movie Good Will Hunting!" - US Weekly

"A hit! Acidic, funny and affectionate! Matt & Ben spoofs Hollywood's best friendship!" - The New York Post

"A runaway hit!" - Variety

"Talk about fun, Matt & Ben is a hit!" - CNN Headline News

"THE HOTTEST PLAY IN NEW YORK!" - Newsweek

"Most star studded show of 2003. A must!" - Entertainment Weekly

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  • Scene from Matt
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Keywords

Celebrity

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting:

    Ben Affleck's apartment in a suburb of Boston.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2f

MATT
BEN

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

The roles of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are played by two women.

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Authors

Brenda Withers

Brenda Withers is a writer and actor. She is a founder of both the Harbor Stage Company (Hedda Gabler, CHURCH) and Lucid Theater (My Heart Split in Two, The Macguffin?), the co-writer of Matt & Ben (PS 122), and a ...

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is an actress, comedian, writer, producer and shopper. She can translate Latin and is an avid slow jogger who covers small amounts of distance over long periods of time. Additionally, she is a New York Times best-selling author and can be seen on her primtime televsion show, The Mindy ...

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Matt & Ben was first presented Off-Broadway by Victoria Lang and Pier Piccoli, Stephen Pevner and Jason Hsiao, at P.S. 122 in New York City on July 27, 2003, where it played until May 2004. It was directed by David Warren and starred the authors, Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers. Other major productions include the New York International Fringe Festival, Aspen Comedy Festival, LA's Acme Theatre, Chicago's Theatre Building, and Toronto's Poor Alex Theatre.

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