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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, April 30, 2006

A little less from me

Hey everyone,

In the coming months, I'll be using this blog to update more about what's happening in terms of my work and to perhaps link to interesting discussions. As for my own comments (here and on other blogs) I've decided to pull back for the time being. I've gotten feedback of late that indicates that the direction of the blogosphere isn't all that welcoming to my particular sensiblity and that's ok. It just might not be my medium. Better to do it with plays. I certainly don't want to be viewed as anti-intellectual or combative. I don't view myself as a cultural critic: I'm a playwright. Better to express myself with plays. My time is more productively spent mailing drafts and working with other artists in person.

So, feel free to refer to my blog roll for blogs that have more to say about theory, and to keep an eye on this space if you'd like to know my next step is professionally. Otherwise, enjoy the ever expanding theatrical blogosphere and the community that it can create.

Onwards and upwards.

9 comments:

Joshua said...

This blows . . . shoot, you're the only guy blogging about theatre that I find myself in agreement with on a regular basis (other than the Star Wars thing, of course) so my opinion is that more folks like you are needed, not less.

Just my opinion, dude - you do what you gotta do, of course.

LWF said...

You don't sound off the wall to me... or reactionary, or whatever.... hey who are these guys giving you negative feedback?!? Heck with 'em

Lucas Krech said...

Come on Freeman. This is just silly. Don't be the middle child who retreats, that role is no fun at all. If you truly are feeling out of place, pehaps you just need to be more selective with where you comment. But you've got a good point of view. Its important to not let things get too serious.

MattJ said...

Freeman. We can't lose you too! I'm not sure what "the direction of the blogosphere" is really. Nobody can particularly know that. And I think everyone would agree thatyou help shape whatever thatis just as much as anyone else. So. Stick around. I'll miss your quick wit, heartfelt sarcasm, and beautiful ideas on theatre too much.

Freeman said...

Hey everyone,

No worries. I won't disappear. Just pulling back for a while. Want to make sure I'm 1) enjoying myself 2) not neglecting things I need to take care of. That's all.

P'tit Boo said...

Matt !!!!
Bro, don't take people's opinions and turn them into rules !
you're a smart one and your ideas are interesting !
We all do what we do on our blogs. We all have our ways and styles...
Just be you and don't go away , ok ?!!!!
Don't make me fly back to NY and kick your ass !!!
;)

Scott Walters said...

Matt, I understand where you are coming from. I got to the same point, and did the same thing but a bit more extreme, obviously. Deborah Tanner wrote about the "argument culture," which is focused on proving that you are right and others are wrong. The rules of the argument culture are:

1. Accept nothing at face value.
2. Hear advocacy as a challenge to be met.
3. Listen judgmentally.
4. Listen for errors and flaws.
5. Plan your rebuttal.
6. Talk more than you listen.

That gets wearing after a while.

kirabug said...

i like you either way.

Kyle said...

Hey Freeman,

I'm just a guy--like you--who cares about theatre and politics. I don't have nearly enough opinions, though, so could you help me out with this one before you throw in the towel:

Why don't white playwrights write plays about black people?

And don't say because writers write what they know. No one knows what they write. Right?