by Matt Smith

Performance: November 9, 2013
Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.

“Let all would-be solo performers come study at the feet of Smith.” - The Seattle Weekly

Master monologist Matt Smith turns his 8th grade year in 1966-67 into a wild coming-of-age comedy – a comedy grounded in his Catholic education, racism, and the joys and horrors that are male adolescence.

In Smith’s autobiographical monologue MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS, the universe of his younger self is about ten blocks long. He and his friends roamed the heavily Catholic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, wandering from St. Joseph’s Church to the Seattle Times newspaper shack, from school playgrounds to a murky and tangled ravine that cuts through the city. The paper shack lies right on the edge of the racial “red line” drawn to enforce the era’s prejudice, providing a rare forum where white and black kids come together for a few minutes each day before returning to their segregated streets.

Smith’s stories - about the young hooligans he admired but couldn’t bring himself to emulate; about the nun who tried, sometimes cruelly, to steer him and his friends on the path to righteousness; about a fleeting friendship with an African American boy that gives him an unexpected view of escalating trouble - find jolting humor in serious events. 

In July 2013, Smith turned his one-man stage production into a wild coming-of-age film. Watch for its release in 2014!

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Appropriate for ages 13 and up

MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS gathered critical and popular acclaim for Smith’s dynamic performance and trenchant writing:

“A gentle and affecting script...” - The Village Voice

“Smith’s may be the only solo act I can remember in which I felt that the performer didn’t care what was thought of him as long as the stories got through. I can pay no higher compliment to both writer and performer.” - Time Out - New York

“From word one we are launched into the deep end of the story, and buoyed along on the flood of his rich, powerful voice.... His timing is a subtle seminar on how to get comedy right.” - The Seattle Times

"I found myself holding my breath, afraid to hear what he'd say next.....This is a masterpiece, and despite its single performer, not a minor one......” - The Seattle Weekly


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