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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.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Joshua James...News and Notes...I have been Tagged

Just for fellow blogger Joshua James, I'd like to do two things:

1. Plug The Fear Project, which he's a part of. Recently received a review from Theatermania.com and is being show at The Barrow Group Theater. Sounds cool. Should be seen, crew.

2. Do a "Meme" that I found on his blog. Just because it's fun. The Meme was directed about Screenwriting, so I'll adapt it for my purposes...all about theater. (What does "Meme" stand for?")

Here we go.

(One) EARLIEST THEATER RELATED MEMORY
Christ. Not much of an idea of that. I remember seeing a bunch of actors pretend to be dinosaurs at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA when I was a kid. I thought they were neat. Also, my Dad gave sermons. I think that ought to count.

(Two) FAVORITE LINES FROM A PLAY
I'll say, instinctively, my favorite line is "They say to me that the earth is extinguished, though I never saw it lit" from Endgame.

My favorite entire beat of a play, in fact, is from Endgame. It's the little moment where Clov says "Do you believe in the life to come?" Hamm replies "Mine was always that." Clov exits and then in victory Hamm says "Got him that time!"

Brilliant.

(Three) JOBS YOU WOULD LIKE IF YOU COULD NOT WORK IN THEATRE
Poet
Journalist
Teacher

(Four) JOBS YOU HAVE HELD OUTSIDE OF THEATER
Hell, I've had nothing BUT jobs outside of theater.
Administrative Assistant
Human Resources Coordinator
Security Guard
Night Manager at Theatre Row

(Three) AUTHORS YOU LIKE
Paul Auster
Douglas Adams
Don DeLillo

(Two) SUBJECTS YOU'D LIKE TO WRITE A PLAY ABOUT
This is an adapation of the screenwriting question, two "properties you'd like to rework." Plays don't do that, exactly. So here's some subjects I'd like a crack at.

A New Myth. I'd love to write a new mythology, entire created on my keyboard. Will I ever? Who can say?
Silent Theater. I would like to write a full length play without dialogue.

(One) PLAY YOU THINK IS UNDERRATED

Our Town. Yup. This is actually a pretty beautifully sad play that is the butt of every avant-garde writers jokes. It's one of the great plays about American life, and that's because it's as much satire as it is poetry.

So...there we go.

Hey Josh. You rock.

3 comments:

Joshua said...

thanks man, I never thought of adapting it to theatre . . . and thanks for the plug . . .

I love your choice of Becket . . . I like not to comment too often on theatre history and theories and all that jazz, Becket is some kind of inspiration.

No doubt Will S. is history's greatest theatre dramatist, for good reason, but I believe Samuel is the greatest playwright of all time.

kirabug said...

Heh. "Meme" doesn't stand for anything. It's a unit of cultural information. There's a good explanation in the third definition here.

If you're interested in spreading theater to the masses, a study of cultural memes might help, at least in the highbrow marketing level of understanding. :)

Fun Joel said...

Thanks for playing along! Nice to see the meme travelling along, and mutating on its own as well! I LOVE Paul Auster, btw.