Today is the anniversary of the death of Nicole duFresne, with whom I attended Emerson College.
She and I were acquaintences, honestly, but had a great number of mutual friends, and I was always aware of her presence in my life and her importance in the lives of those around her. She was presented as an ambitious young actress, which she was. But from what I remember, she was a warrior at heart. Ask those that knew her closely and they'll tell you...she was a big "F" Feminist, free thinker, activist, punchy, rowdy, frustrating truthspeaker. She was not just enjoyed, she was adored.
Her death did what the deaths of the best always do... it inspired more love and connection in those that are left behind.
Her face was on the cover of several newspapers last year when she passed away, so you may have been aware of her loss, or have met her in the tiny world of New York theater. I'd urge anyone to honor her memory today, simply as one of the good guys, or as someone you knew well. You could even contribute to her memorial fund, if you have the means.
In the meantime, we're all still on the Earth, Nicole. Fighting the Good Fight. We hope we're making you cheer.
- 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.