The World Premiere of “Bobby & Matt” was at GTC Burbank as a Special Event of the GTC New Play Initiative. The original run was extended three times.
“It’s a great play…engagingly written and strongly acted.…staged simply, but effectively.… Staging actually helps the audience fall deeply into the story…Two actors who portray them bring this world to palpable life. Bobby & Matt is not only the story of gay history from the 1950’s onward, but it’s also a love story and a story about perseverance and commitment, engagingly written and strongly acted” – KPFK 90.7 FM
“If ever there were a time for this play it is now.…fascinating…affecting…a lovely story. Bobby & Matt is the story of two boys growing up in Ohio whose friendsip spans decades and all the tumultuous times in between: the ‘60s, the Vietnam War, Kent State and the birth of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Told through notes and letters they wrote to each other, the actors playing the two boys sit on stools reading from those pieces of their memory. As a result, they make Bobby and Matt’s friendship come alive so beautifully and so well-rendered, your imagination fills in every piece of their story as if it was visually unfolding in front of you.” -Frontiers Magazine
“Kevin Cochran’s exciting new play about two friends who endure war, personal hardship and love over the course of a lifetime…is a complex, and at times sobering story, about two men from different upbringings, the challenges they face and their undying commitment to one another…a rich and heartwarming story.” – Burbank Leader
Grove Theater Center
Kevin Cochran, Artistic Director
Charles Johanson, Executive Director
Bobby & Matt
Passing Notes Through Life
written & directed by Kevin Cochran
Bobby Frank Simons*
Matt David Allen Jones*
Set & Lights — David Darwin
Costumes — Leonard Ogden
Sound — Hunter Stephenson
*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the union of professional stage directors in the United States.