A political fixer, all around handy man, who knows how to get money for his friends in office and knows how to use cash to fix elections or plant stories. But, the parade has passed him by and his last hurrah is establishing a foundation so young people learn "the way democracy should really work", his way. Matty never made many enemies in his life, he is used to getting things done with a smile, a friendly story, and a mutual understanding that when he hands out money his patron in Congress expects loyalty.
The irony of Matty is that for all the years he was handing out cash to help buy or influence elections, he never thought there was anything wrong with this. He never questioned where the money came from or never accounted for how it got spent. His only accounting was did his candidate win or lose. In his prime, he lived a charmed life, because he was viewed as many as close to the center of power not from a decision point of view but as an access point of view. Matty did not know anything about policy but he knew the ward politicians, the precinct bosses, and the captains. He knew somebody who knew somebody important in every major city in the country. But, now in his twilight years, Matty’s skills are not useful in a digital age. So he sits in an office and waits for the occasional call where somebody from someplace still needs him. Rather than feel sorry for himself, Matty wakes up every day thinking he is on top of the world and is still playing in the big leagues.
Matty is played by Bill Hurlbut, an experienced actor with credits that include drama, comedy, musicals, and the classics. He is a frequent performer at Silver Spring Stage and received an Excellence in Acting award at this year’s Eastern States Theatre Association one-act festival. Bill has trained in New York City at HB Studios and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Miami University and a Master of Arts in theater from Ohio State University.
Matty works the phones.