On the train this morning, I was listening to On The Media on my iPod, and then BBC Newspod. It occurred to me, listening, that just about every day I'm struck by a compelling story, something that could easily form a narrative for a play.
There is something in me, though, that seems to inherently understand what I will write about and will not. Not so much as an Editor, but instead as a Guide: I can and will write about certain subjects, certain types of subjects flow easily from me as a writer, other topics, as compelling as they are, don't hit that nerve that would make me want to craft an outline and create characters.
For example: I think that corporate scandals are fascinating and full of fantastic characters studies. I have yet to feel any urge to write a play about that topic.
Poverty isn't a topic I feel the urge to write about.
Racial issues is a topic that's dear to me as a human being, but I fail utterly to write about it.
Religion, faith and emotional violence, though... are topics I do consistently write about.
I'm curious if other writers and directors have that same experience. That what you find engaging to read about or hear about doesn't always translate into something you feel the urge to explore creatively.
- 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.