Matt Schatz


This title is now available worldwide. The script is available in manuscript form now, while the final Acting Edition is being prepared.


by Matt Schatz

Dark Comedy

Adult siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve themselves of their family's burdens and their own.

Production Notes


1W/1M (They're siblings. They're Jews. They don't need to be white.

Time: 2019

Place: New Jersey & California


Matt Schatz

Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. Upcoming musicals include A Wicked Soul In Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse, Edgerton New Play Award) and An Untitled New Play By Justin Timberlake (City Theatre/Pittsburgh CLO). Other plays and musicals include The Door You Never Saw Before (Geffen Stayhouse), The Burdens (The O'Neill, City Theatre, Bloomington Playwright's Project, Play-Per View), No One Sings Like...[FULL BIO]

Critical Acclaim for THE BURDENS

“The play grabs you from the start and keeps you involved and surprised until a finale that is both surprising and welcome." -Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“A deliciously dark comedy! ... A thoughtfully-reflective look at familial relationships that will surely resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and experiences.” -Bradenton Times

“An up-to-the-minute play covering multi-generational themes with a wicked sense of humor." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Laugh out loud funny, but it’s also a little bit heartbreaking at times. That’s a challenging mix to sustain, but The Burdens succeeds.“ -Sarasota Magazine