[ matthew-lee erlbach ] 

Currently (select):


• Playwright - Apr 2014:
    Vineyard presents reading of KEVIN LAMB, directed by Michael Berresse.
     Featuring: Margo Seibert, Chris Sarandon, Adriane Lenox, Peter Francis James, Charlotte Booker, Sheldon Best, and Tiffany Baker.
     Interview with Kenneth Jones on the play, here.


• Writer/Actor/Director - Apr 2014:
ROGER, THE CHICKEN
premieres at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.
  Check out episodes of  ROGER, THE CHICKEN
to see what all the nice people are saying.

• Playwright - Oct 2013:

 
World/Off-Bway Premiere of EAGER TO LOSE, A FARCE IN RHYMING VERSE at Ars Nova.
  Directed by Wes Grantom and Portia Krieger. Starring Tansy, featuring John Behlmann, Richard Saudek, Emily Walton, and Stacey Yen.



"...like the frothiest of farcical mock-Shakesperean cocktails...the gleeful spirit of the show is hard to resist."

  
      Critics' Pick!
"...a rated-R Comedy of Errors. This throwback comedy goes down like a glass of champagne."

 
 
"Playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach demonstrated his talent for channeling a wide array of unique voices earlier this season, performing the one man multi-character show Handbook for an American Revolutionary downtown at the The Gym at Judson. He has outdone himself at Ars Nova."


"The most remarkable part of the show is the script by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, who effortlessly transitions between conventionally high and low theatrical forms...Erlbach works them together as one story-arc, playing them off each other as a fruitful, productive relationship."


"Heavy hitters like downtown darling Joe Iconis, director du jour Alex Timbers and the dashing Lin Manuel Miranda have risen to the drop of the theatre scene like whipped cream since their debuts at the midtown hangout. Matthew-Lee Erlbach seems to be no exception."

"Erlbach seasons his script with a heightened wit, edgy mien, razzle-dazzle braggadocio and contemporary funny. The result: a vaudeville show with 1600s ribaldry, Jazz Age belt songs, pasties-twirling girly show musical numbers...and pantomime."


CURTAINUP
"Shepard Fairey, the graffiti artist and designer, has said "there's a way to be The Beatles, to have the smartest guy in the room and the dumbest guy in the room digging what you're doing. Eager to Lose is refreshing evidence that burlesque has the potential to have the smartest and dumbest guy (or girl) in the room drooling over what you're doing."


• Actor/Playwright - Summer 2013:

  
World/Off-Broadway Premiere of HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
   Written/Performed by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
   Directed by Tony Speciale
   Presented by Form Theatricals in association with Judson Arts.


Critics' Pick!
 "FEROCIOUS, HEARTFELT, CHAMELEONIC, AND SIZZLING! IT INSISTS WE RESPOND." - Helen Shaw

                      
 "REVELATORY! IMPRESSIVE, SURPRISING, AND BEAUTIFULLY RENDERED!" - Neil Genzlinger
  
  


  "UTTERLY CONVINCING! I WON'T FORGET HIM ANYTIME SOON. RANKED ALONG WITH SOLOISTS ERIC BOGOSIAN & DANNY HOCH! AN ASTONISHING SHOWCASE FOR BOTH ACTING AND WRITING!" - David Finkle


  "A COMPLETELY ABSORBING EXPERIENCE. JOINS THE RANKS OF THIS YEAR'S GREAT SOLO PERFORMANCES! A WELL-INFORMED, THREE-DIMENSIONAL PICTURE OF THE AMERICAN MELTING POT - A RARE ACHIEVEMENT IN TODAY'S BIPARTISAN ATMOSPHERE." - Hayley Levitt


Check out Broadway.com interview here.


• Playwright - Jun 2013:

Reading of SEX OF THE BABY written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, directed by Michelle Bossy at Primary Stages. Featuring Marinda Anderson, Nick Choksi, Bryce Gill, Isaiah Johnson, Heather Lind, and Devin Norik.


• Playwright - May 2013:


Finalist for KEVIN LAMB, currently in development with Michael Berresse. Click here to read excerpt.


• Creator/Writer/Director - March 2013:
 
 
Creator,writer, and director for new overnight block for Nickelodeon's Nicktoons network, premiering summer/fall 2013.



• Writer/Director/Actor - March 2013:

Production for
ROGER, THE CHICKEN, launching summer 2013.

• Playwright - Spring 2013:
  Workshop of EAGER TO LOSE, A FARCE IN RHYMING VERSE written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, directed by Wes Grantom and Portia Krieger. Starring Tansy!

• Writer - Fall 2012:
  Pilot WHIPPED written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach picked up by Oscar/Emmy-winning Locomotive Film featuring Carrie Preston.

• Playwright - October 2012:
      BLA/CKBIRD
at American Theatre Company's 10 x 10 Festival.


Actor/Writer/Director - October 2012:

          NYC Premiere at Friars Club Comedy Film Festival October 24-27!
                


• Writer - October 2012:
HAPPY SUNSHINE KUNG FU FLOWER returns Oct 12th for NYC Sketch Fest at the PIT.
                                Village Voice Choice, Time Out New York Critic's Pick, NY Post Feature, and blacklisted by state officials.


• Playwright - August 2012:
  SPACE on Ryder Farm Fellowship.

• Playwright - August 2012:
 
Williamstown Theatre Festival FreeWrite Residency.

• Playwright - July 2012:
EAGER TO LOSE, written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, directed by Wes Grantom and Portia Krieger. Starring Tansy; featuring John Behlmann, Amber Gray, Mallory Portnoy, and Richard Saudek.

Playwright/Actor - May 23 - 730p at 92YTribeca:
 
HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY directed by Mark Wing-Davey. Co-presented by 92Tribeca and Truthout. Panel discussion to follow hosted by NATION reporter / Citizen Radio co-host Allison Kilkenny, along Mark Wing-Davey, Patty Dukes, and Matt Renner.

• Playwright - April 2012:

Roundtable reading of KEVIN LAMB written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, directed by Portia Krieger.


Playwright - Feb 2012:
  Workshop/Project Residency of EAGER TO LOSE at Ars Nova.

• Host - Jan 2012:

Host of MTV's EPIC FAIL pilot.

• Actor/Writer/Director - Oct/Nov 2011:
                                 
 -WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY for ROGER, THE CHICKEN at the 2011 Houston Comedy Film Festival; also nominated for Best Actor and Mallory Portnoy for Best Actress. Premiering at the LA Comedy Festival on November 17.

• Playwright/ Actor - Nov 2011:
  Writing and performing in EAGER TO LOSE, a farce in verse. Directed by Wes Grantom and Portia Krieger.


• Actor - Fall/Summer 2011:
  Playing Alex in 2011 Official Sundance Selection ANOTHER EARTH, playing in theaters nationwide.

           Click here to watch trailer.

• Actor - Sept 2011:
  Playing Dan in the workshop of Jordan Seavey's LISTENING FOR OUR MURDERER at New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by David Chapman.


• Playwright/Actor - July 2011:
Performing THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE AMERICA AND ROCK THE SHIT OUT OF THIS BITCH with Matt Citron at Judson's Magic Time reading series.

• Playwright/Actor - July 2011:

  Creating THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE AMERICA AND ROCK THE SHIT OUT OF THIS BITCH with Matt Citron at SPACE on Ryder Farm.


• Writer/Director/Producer - July 2011:
     - Writing/Directing/Producing for Nicktoons Super Fan, starring Nickelodeon's Pick Boy (Jeff Sutphen):

        Click here to experience Super Awesomeness!

• Actor - June-July 2011:
Playing DJ in GOLDOR $MYTHYKA with New Georges at 3LD. Written by Lynn Rosen, directed by Shana Gold.

• Actor/Writer - June 2011:

     - Playing Roger in ROGER, THE CHICKEN.

   -  Click here for full trailer

• Actor - May 2011:
     - Singing in BMI workshop presentation of  THE WARNING by Jason Michael Snow, Mishaela Faucher, and Matt Owen.

• Playwright/ Feb 2011:
  Reading of LOVE, ATOMIC directed by David Chapman.

• Actor/Writer - Feb 2011:

        -  SushiOs Cereal an Atom.com Feature!  and  DICKS BEER an Atom.com Feature!

• Actor/ Feb - 2011:
     - Singing in Mishaela Faucher's BLAME IT ON THE BOOZE, a concert of new songs.

• Actor/ Jan 2011:

     - Premiere of ANOTHER EARTH, 2011 Official Selection Sundance Film Festival.

Actor/Playwright - May 2010: 
- Presentation of HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Stephen Brackett.

• Writer - Aug 2010:

- Huffington Post: Click here for Culture War: 1, Ground: Zero, by Matthew-Lee Erlbach

• Actor/Writer - July 2010:

Deeply honored to be the recipient of the Puffin Grant for HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY.

• Writer/Producer - July 2010:
 

        - On staff as Writer/Producer for Nickelodeon's NICKTOONS brand.

Actor/Playwright - Jun  2010:
     - HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY workshop presentation at NYU.

Playwright/May - 2010:

     - Finalist for Juilliard's 2010 Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship .

Writer/May - 2010:
     - Check out new media page HERE.

Actor/Apr - 2010:

     - Reading in Steve Yockey's BELLWETHER at the Lark.

Playwright/March - 2010:
     - Member of TMTC's inaugural Moving Up/New Works playwrights group.

• Playwright/March - 2010:

        - SEX OF THE BABY, by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, directed by David F Chapman, opening March 2 - March 7 at Tisch/NYU Grad Class of 2010.

Writer/Dec - 2009:

 
Huffington Post: Click here for Handjobs for Insurers, by Matthew-Lee Erlbach

Actor/Oct - 2009:
     - Filming supporting role of Alex in ANOTHER EARTH, by Mike Cahill.

Writer/Sept - 2009:
     - Princess Grace Semifinalist in Playwriting for REPUBLIK, by Matthew-Lee Erlbach.

Writer/Actor/Director/Nov - 2009:
     - Kosha Killa Krew Hip Hop Music Video Parody, from Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower




• Actor/Writer - Sept - 2009:

     -  Reading of HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY.

Actor/Mar - 2009:


Watch on Comedy Central.

• Writer/Director/Producer - 2009:
How to: Prepare for WrestleMania 25:


Writer/Ongoing - 2008:
WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly WWF, yeah...it's what you think: