About Me

My photo
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.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Guardian Asks a Question

Are Experiments in Form A Female Trait? Is Aristotle's "well-made play" a phallic concept?

Considering how many men are experimenters in form, I'd have to take issue with this entirely. But it's worth consideration.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

I'm sure George will have something to say about the relationship between gender and experimentation.


Dan said...

I think that any group that is oppressed by another dominant group is more likely to experiment with form. A prevailing form will have associations with the dominant group, and seem inherently corrupt. In the 20th century, we've seen women writers, gay writers, and writers of color formally reject dominant forms, as part of the politics of their aesthetic.

I wouldn't be surprised if, globally, there turned out to be more women who consciously experiment artistically with form than men, given that they suffer oppression globally.

Malachy Walsh said...

Why are they even considered experiments!?

Why aren't the well-made plays experiments?

Sorry. I just had to do that.