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Matthew A. Everett is the recipient of a Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Writing for the Theater (“Heaven and Home”), and a three-time recipient of support from the Minnesota State Arts Board - a 2007 Artist Initiative Grant (for “Love’s Prick”), a 2002 Career Opportunity Grant (for “The Hopes and Fears of All The Years”), and a 1999 Theater Arts Fellowship (for “The Surface of the World”). He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. Sample scenes, monologues, and further information on Matthew and his work can be found online at

“Leave (or The Surface of the World)”

Seth is a Marine during wartime; Nicholas, his civilian husband waiting back home. They must hide their love for one another behind code words and secret identities because of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. Seth’s mother Anne assists them, but Nicholas and Seth’s resolve is starting to weaken. Jonas, another gay Marine in Seth’s unit just coming to terms with his identity, forms an intense bond with Seth overseas. Tyson, former Army - who didn’t reenlist because of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” works alongside Nicholas, providing temptation as well as a reality check. When Seth returns home for an unexpected leave, with Jonas at his side, and post-traumatic stress following him from the battlefield, old relationships are tested, and new ones bloom. In the end, the realities of war call on one man to make the ultimate sacrifice