Now, I know it's 9/12 and therefore I'm a day late...but I'd like to put this out there. Who out there, reading this, contributed to a piece of artwork or wrote a play or acted in a play or what-have-you that was directly or loosely related to 9/11/2001? I'm curious how commonplace it has become.
The Death of King Arthur was produced in late September, Early October of 2001...and the NY Times Review had a loose reference to the event in it's closing paragraph. Then, last year, when "The Americans" was produced, I was told by anyone within earshot that it was my 9/11 play...including Martin Denton, my closest friends, and the producers.
This was, as a matter of fact, news to me. I hadn't intended it at all. After watching it and seeing the images of the play, though, it's hard to disagree. I thought I was writing a play about the power of artwork. Or expression.
And isn't 9/11, on some level, about the power of expression. Even if that expression is of desperation, fear and hopelessness?
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.