Tribeca 2014: Stephen Belber discusses ‘Match’


We sit down with Playwright Stephen Belber to talk about his new film, Match, celebrating its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Match follows eccentric Tobias ‘Toby’ Powell, an aging Juilliard dance professor with a colourful career and an interesting past. Living alone in the Inwood neighbourhood of Manhattan, Toby is requested for an interview by a Seattle couple (Carla Gugino & Matthew Lillard) for a dissertation the wife is writing on the history of dance in New York during the 1960’s. What begins as a casual and friendly conversation, soon takes a turn, revealing the couples real reason for the visit.

Stephen Belber is an established American playwright, screenwriter and director. After studying in philosophy in Hartford, Connecticut, he moved to New York City at the age of 25 where he worked multiple jobs, before making his way to the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. He would eventually be accepted into The Juilliard School, where he would start developing a number of plays. Match is a play he wrote for the stage, which premiered in 2004 and starred Frank Langella, Ray Liotta and Jane Adams. He wrote the screenplay for the screen adaptation and took on the responsibility of direction, a hat he wore for 2009’s Management starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn.

Enjoy the interview.