Went to Kyle's birthday party on Friday night and met this guy.
After the initial moments of "He looks so young" (meaning me, because I do) and "Who's Taller?" (me) and "Who has more impressive facial hair? (him) We had a very nice chat about this and that. Things like books and where we live and what's it like to get instruction from Christopher Durang (he knows, I don't.)
His girlfriend is a playwright named Kristin Palmer and they live together. Two playwrights in a railroad apartment. That made everyone say things like "That Must Be Interesting" and raise their eyebrows. Love it. It's the kind of story that winds up looking good in interviews years later.
In one of those moments I always appreciate, I said "You know how it is when your play is about to go up." His response was, quite correctly, "It's awful."
My girlfriend worked with me on the play yesterday, because I just needed a little boost. That was fun. She objected to the use of the word "pickle" but I stood my ground.
It's still my play.
(I did, of course, listen to her regarding things like plot and character.)
- 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.