Thanks to an invitation from a reviewer friend of mine, I spent a few hours with Brian Kulick's Richard II at the Classic Stage Company last night. I could prattle on about the performances and the design and the direction... but there are reviewers out there who will do that for me, in full blooms of contradiction and quotables. I won't bother to contribute to that...frankly... what I thought about the production was mixed and there's an end.
I will say that watching a play about a king (who is universally accepted as annointed by God) be deposed because of his own financial mismanagement, wrong-headed warmaking, self-indulgence and arbitrariness, felt, shall we say, relevant.
- 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.