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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.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Hey there! I didn't watch them! I was busy getting drunk! Seeing old friends! Being happy!

If you want to talk about the Tonys, I'm certain there are lots of places to do so.

If you, like me, didn't watch the Tonys...why didn't you? Do you have an aversion to them? Were you watching the Sopranos? What's your excuse?

1 comment:

Philucifer [aka Charlie Willis] said...

Quite honestly, I stopped watching the TONYs when they stopped showing scenes from nominated plays. I still have VIDEOTAPES of TONY ceremonies from back then, and can still remember what scene they did -- Alan Rickman in "Dangerous Liaisons", a young Annette Benning in "Coastal Disturbances", Linda Lavin and Jonathan Silverman in "Broadway Bound". That was the same year that "Me and My Girl" and "Les Miz" were up for best musical. But the one that still blows me away was James Earl Jones in "Fences". At that time, I used to get so excited to watch them. It was the only way a kid living in California was ever going to get the chance to see any part of a Broadway show.

And I have tried to watch them since then, but can only get through a few minutes at a time before I flee. They just don't interest me any more. Maybe it was because I was a kid, but it just didn't seem so cynical and desperate.

(I even remember JEJ's acceptance speech, in that basso profundo: "Thank you to my son, who now understands that Daddy goes to the play to work.")