Matt Schatz


Billy Collins and Lily Collins

(Apologies to Robert Frost, my wife and everyone involved)

Some say your night should end with Billy,
Some say with Lil.
When winter weather’s getting chilly
You could burn the books of Billy.
But if the night were colder still
I think I know enough of heat
To say that for conduction Lil
Could compete
And would fulfill.

Matt Schatz is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, composer, and screenwriter. Recent theatrical productions include his song cycle A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill (the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles) and An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake (City Theatre in Pittsburgh). His widely produced play The Burdens was recently published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. He’s a recipient of the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre, the ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, and the Reva Shiner Comedy Award. Matt is currently co-writing a TV pilot for AMC, and his debut poetry collection Shoes Last Longer in LA is coming soon. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.