I'm often reminded of The Goodbye Girl when I talk to friends about the success and/or failure of my plays. The mantra of many of my friends (and perhaps the internal monologue of the audience) is "Did your parents read this?"
After they watched "The Most Wonderful Love" on Saturday, I wandered over to my stepfather and my mother. My Stepfather, Joe, leaned away and cried "Don't touch me! I don't want it to rub off!" So yes...I felt the play was a success.
Of course, my Mother liked it. She thought it was funny. She wants to know what my Father will think. I mean, my Father thought that The DaVinci Code was blasphemous. Wait until he sees Act III.
He even loaned us his own robes. Boy, I really should have warned him.
I'm out of the Will. I can feel it. I am no longer an heir to the Freeman Dollar. That's what you get for making "Art."
My Mother is a saint for surviving "The Great Escape" though...which steals liberally from her life. And, um, uses her actual name.
I'd love to know what other people's experiences are with their parents. We're in a weird and confessional business. Do any damage? Get any extra love?
- 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.