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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.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Proposals and Collaboration

Well...last night I took a little powder from "Divorce in Love" and sent a proposal to an Off-Off space in Alphabet City. This company has lately been opening its doors to a variety of playwrights for small, themed festivals.

The Festival is dedicated to Edgar Allen Poe: works that reference him, tell his story, stage his stories, whatever. I had an existing project that, when I rethought it, fit perfectly into the mold.

Finding a way to match a project to a festival theme puts a young writer in the position of instantly compromising, some might say. On the other hand, it does get his work and ideas out there, and forces him to approach a piece differently.

Frankly, I'd been trying to write a one man show for a particular friend for several years, and when I said to him: "I'm going to propose it to 'x' theater company." He agreed to go for it.

Practicalities. Such is the way of things. Then again, if they accept our submission...I've got to actually WRITE this thing.

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