So Isaac Butler (who blogs about this here) and I had a bit of coffee and then he showed me a copy of "The Shadow" by Hans Christen Andersen. A very dark story, one that appealed to me instantly. So I agreed to write a version of it for him to direct. Which I've begun to do.
I was speaking to my longer-time-collaborator and pal Kyle at a bar the other night (while Devore got drunk) and he mentioned that blogging struck him as a place where work could really be discussed and opened up and artists could talk about their art, but instead, he saw it often as a series of discussions about other bloggers and the occasional "topic" of outside interest.
So, it occured to me that Isaac and I, both being bloggers, were good candidates to open up our process together to the public. I've written about 15 pages of the script so far, pieces of which I'm sure I'll post as they evolve. Our thought is we'll write about this from birth (now) until it hits the actual stage. Hopefully, everyone will feel free to comment on this process, engage with Isaac and I on it, and we'll see what happens.
Of course, usually I'd hesitate to open up my work to this sort of scrutiny. What frees me of that (and I'll be open with this) is that I feel involved with and passionate about the piece, but it's not a play that I feel is so precious and personal to me that I don't think it can't take on this little experiment. Also, I'm getting stubborn as I get older... so I figure I'll write it the way I write it and everyone will get a chance to see two young artists hashing their shit out. Will blogging the process change it? Undoubtedly. But hey, that's part of the ride.
So... for a start, here's a link to a copy of a translation of the text that I've been using while working on the play. It's not a pretty translation, which is something that appeals to me. Take a look, and tell us what you think.
- 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.