Last night I attened the SPF Salon Panel "Blogging the Show." It was hosted by David Cote, and featured George, Isaac, Cara Joy David, and Garrett Eisler.
A fine time, indeed. The panel itself had its moments: there was the obligatory New York Times criticism and a sort of "Blogs 101" air about the thing, mostly, I'm certain, for the benefit of some attendees who seemed, perhaps, not 'up' on the new technology.
I did get to hide in the back of a dark bar later on with a few people and drunkenly talk about theatre in that romantic way you figure you will when you move to New York.
What struck me most of all was just how far ranging even the four panelists were. Blogs are the antithesis of institutions, and in that way, the reflect a variety of personalities, motives and tastes. There is no, as yet, unifying force for blogs except an overall sense that we care about Theatre. Otherwise...all bets are off. I like that. I like that very much.
Either way, a pleasure to meet a few people in person, and definitely lots to think and post about. Whenever I get around to, you know, using this blog for taste arbitration.
- 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.