Robin Williams

"Matt and Ben" examines friendship, privilege through humor, fantasy

'Matt and Ben' examines friendship, privilege through humor, fantasy

Two decades ago, “Good Will Hunting” earned critical acclaim, box office success, an Academy Award for Robin Williams and another for its young writers, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who took Hollywood by storm with their story of an MIT janitor finding himself and embracing his genius.

Clear Theater Collective’s latest production, “Matt and Ben,” imagines what the screenwriting process might have looked like as two Bostonians in their early 20s with little experience or connection to the film industry created what would become a breakout hit. Free performances run Aug. 8-9 at Williamsburg Regional Library.

“People really didn’t believe they wrote the script. I have wondered...