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  • Matthew Cameron Clark, Doug Paulson, and Peter O’Connor. “Suicide, Incorporated,” 2008 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.
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    I’ve included synopses and production/development histories for my plays below. If you’re interested in producing or reading my work, please contact Chris Till at Creative Artists Agency: chris.till(at)caa.com.

    Full-Length Plays (Selected):

    • SUICIDE, INCORPORATED

      Drama / Dark Comedy

      It’s been a tough week at work. Profits are down, lawsuits are up, and worst of all, your boss has begun to suspect the truth: that you’re trying to ruin the company by keeping its clients alive.

      • “A hugely exciting new play… riveting… a wise, rich, and deeply moving inquiry into what lives are worth.” (-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune)
      • “With Suicide, Incorporated playwright Andrew Hinderaker reduced sold-out audiences to emotional smithereens.” (-Catey Sullivan, Chicago Magazine)
      • World Premiere, The Gift Theatre, Chicago, June 2010 (dir. Jonathan Berry)
      • New York Premiere, The Roundabout Underground, NY, November 2011 (dir. Jonathan Berry)
      • Developed at Steppenwolf, the Araca Group, Victory Gardens, and the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
      • Optioned for film/television by Kurtzman/Orci
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    • KINGSVILLE

      Drama

      The day after the Virginia Tech shooting, radio shows were flooded with calls from listeners, repeating the same argument over and over: if the students had only been armed, the shooter would’ve been killed and no one else would’ve died. Kingsville dares to imagine such a scenario. In a hypothetical America where children legally carry guns to class, a schoolteacher must choose between defending a policy he abhors and putting his own son at risk.

      • “A shrewd and savvy play… Hinderaker is one of Chicago’s most interesting and provocative young writers.” (-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune)
      • Featured in Chicago Magazine’s “11 Best Shows in Chicago This Season”
      • World Premiere, Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, October 2010 (dir. Vance Smith)
      • Readings at the Roundabout Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Stage Left Theatre

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    • I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD

      Drama/Comedy

      As a boy, John Chapman vowed to run the world’s biggest bank by the age of 35. And when he lands an interview with Goldman Sachs, his dreams are almost within reach. But on the morning of his interview, John’s alarm never goes off, and when he finally wakes, it’s to a life he never imagined possible.

      • World Premiere at Chicago Dramatists, June 2012 (dir. Jonathan Berry)
      • “Hinderaker takes a seemingly far-fetched premise and finds in it deep veins of compassion and humanity… a smart, affecting new play.” (Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago)
      • Featured as the Chicago Tribune’s “Hottest Ticket” in Chicago
      • Nominated for Best New Work in Chicago (Equity Jeffs)
      • Readings at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chicago Dramatists, and id theater

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    • DIRTY

      Drama/Comedy/Satire

      Matt can no longer stomach his job, no matter what it pays. And when he concocts a business plan that will earn him millions while helping those in need, he believes he’s discovered his new career. So why does everyone think this venture’s even viler than the last? A blend of humor, Hendrix, and hard core porn, DIRTY explores whether there’s any place for philanthropy in this cutthroat country called home.

      • World Premiere at the Gift Theatre, Chicago (dir. Jonathan Berry)
      • “A hugely exciting, risk-taking idea-loving young writer whose stimulating work and palpable promise demand attention… few can write like him.” (Chris Jones, the Chicago Tribune)
      • Nominated for the Best New Work in Chicago (Equity Jeffs)
      • Readings at Rattlestick Theatre, ACT Seattle, Victory Gardens

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    • COLOSSAL

      Drama

      Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, COLOSSAL is an epic theatrical event. Featuring a twenty-person ensemble, full contact choreography, and a drumline, the play centers on a University of Texas football player, struggling to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal injury. A play about love, ability, and extraordinary feats of strength, COLOSSAL is both a celebration and criticial examination of our nation’s most popular form of theater.

      • Upcoming premieres at the Olney Theatre Center and Mixed Blood Theatre Company (dir. by William Davis), plus an exciting not-yet-announced major production!
      • Workshops at the Alliance Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
      • Workshop Production at the University of Texas in Austin (dir. William Davis)
      • “By far the most physically demanding play I’ve ever seen, it’s also a deeply character-driven work… a spectacular play.” (Jillian Owens, the Austin Chronicle)

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