Everyone doesn't want to talk to you anymore!
Ok, so here's what I think about this: No wonder. There's a mix of pretension and anger in the fake blog air that would make Oscar Wilde say "Get lives!"
So I would love it if everyone take a deep breath and remember the reason we bother with all of this: It's a fine, old time.
The other night I went to a reading at the Access Theater downtown, and when I walked out of there, bumped into two bloggers, who were working the 365 plays in the space next door. Great to see them. Then, later, after the reading and the production, I saw them at Souths, the only bar south of Canal Street.
The reading was fun, great people afterwards had a bunch of beer, I had a hug with Isaac Butler, waves sheepishly at Jaime, shared Nachos with Vince, talked about Deadwood with Stephen, had a laugh with Matt and Kyle and just generally enjoyed the hell out of my life.
When I did an Interview with the Author, I not only got to perform in a play I was really proud of, that generally got great responses, but I also got to be onstage with some of my oldest friends, got to play Big Buck Hunter at the Alligator Lounge, while eating my free-pizza-with-a-beer and my girlfriend wrote all the music for the show.
I'm a happy guy, and frankly, it's not that hard. Because, as much as I love the stage and that wonderful impossible Alchemy that makes a play work; that weird semi-trance I have to get into in order to write one; I love the life I've been able to lead because I do things that I enjoy, surrounded by people that rock the house.
Frankly, there are loads of unsuccessful plays and loads of terrible mistakes and snarky sentiments to be found anywhere. There are also brilliant, challenging, new works, and even old workhorses, staged beautifully every, single day.
So let's keep that in mind, shall we? Or at least, I will. Otherwise, why do any of this?
- 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.