Matty Selman

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Matty Selman is a playwright,[1] lyricist and composer who makes his home in New York City. He first came into the national spotlight when he was hand-selected by Harvard's Robert Brustein to write the lyrics to an adaptation of Lysistrata with music by HAIR composer, Galt MacDermot. The resulting work starred Tony Award winner Cherry Jones and was presented by the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia. Both having lived on Staten Island, Selman and MacDermot continued their collaboration and wrote Goddess Wheel a further exploration of the Lysistrata tale, which had its world premiere at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Prior to working with Galt MacDermot, Matty had collaborated with Agnes of God playwright, John Pielmeier on three musicals, Steeplechase the Funny Place, developed at The New Harmony Project, Young Rube, produced on the Main Stage of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Slow Dance with a Hot Pickup, produced at BDT in Boulder, Co. Matty is the author of "Uncle Philip's Coat" which won Best Production at the United Solo Festival and was recently produced at the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago, starring Gene Waygandt. Matty is the composer, lyricist and librettist of "La Dottoressa" a new musical about feminist, scientist, educator, mother and advocate for world peace, Maria Montessori. "La Dottoressa" was presented as a full staged reading by the Chamber Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center and featured Kathy Voytko, Ned Eisenberg and Angelina Fiordellisi.


  1. ^ Willis, John; Lynch, Tom (January 2001). Theatre World, 1997-1998. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-1-55783-409-6. Retrieved 13 July 2011.