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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.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Joshua James is Mad as Hell

Joshua James writes about the playwright as persona non grata in theater.

I really don't feel this sentiment. At all, honestly. If anything, playwrights get a pretty good shake in theater, especially compared to TV and Film, where they don't even own or necessarily get credit for their work. But it's a punchy read either way, and not an uncommon sentiment. Take a look.

1 comment:

Joshua said...

I'm not really mad, Matthew.

Like I said in the post, I've had a pretty good year, heh-heh.

But basically you're saying that I suffer from the grass is always greener syndrome, and that's not simply true . . . I've been an actor and a director, I've produced my own shows (which I enjoyed) - what I simply have experienced and observed is that the majority of the time playwrights are treated badly, I have and many playwrights I know have.

I will admit that I know one or two who haven't been, so I accept you've had it good - I'm simply pointing out that many more have not.