Last night, during "The Most Wonderful Love" the power on the 4th Floor of 380 Broadway went out, meaning that "Marat/Sade" in the Gallery and the third act of my play were suddenly being performed by the emergency lights above the Exit signs.
One thing I love about theatre is that on occasions like this, the audience rallies around you and seems to throw all their love and support and encouragement to the performers. The actors were great and worked their asses off...but it's in those moments you feel a bond between the performers and the spectators. The bizarre and lovely disaster; how sweet it is. That's what you get, I guess, when you mock God.
So where does this leave us?
We've had great reviews and we've got that nice podcast up on nytheatre.com (where we are currently the "Pick of the Week") and interviews and the audiences are making their way in. I've seen a few bloggers at the show (James, Dan, MattJ, Lucas, Isaac) and had a few beers at South's and shown up haggard to my day job, a little later than I should have arrived, apologetic and, of course, unapologetic all at once.
All that's left is audience. So I absolutely encourage anyone who hasn't made it out yet, or has been on the fence, to take a look and check it out. You'll have fun. We have beer. Cold water. We have hugs. We really, really do. At this point, the show has weathered broken air conditioning, blackouts, a tough leading lady working through losing her voice, and even a playwright that lives in a state of perpetual neurotic panic.
I think it's been worth it. We're kicking ass. At least, that's how I feel right now.
Don't quote me on that. Deal?
- 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.