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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.

Friday, November 16, 2007

You've been at it for a while...

...why don't you quit the Theatre? Your chances are so slim.

Wait. Forget I said that.

No really. Periodically, we all have those conversations about how everyone should go make money in TV, and that making a living in theatre is impossible, and the business is shallow and driven by the wrong things, and that the audience just isn't there, etc, etc.

What keeps you going? When you wake up in the middle of the night and think, "Oh no. What have I gotten myself into?" what makes you say "Get up and fight."


Kyle said...

I don't think I could go work in TV instead. I would have to become a plumber.

Jamespeak said...

Kinda what Kyle said. Seriously, what else am I gonna do?

Praxis Theatre said...

Great question.

I've already sold out a million times, a million ways. So it's no longer about if I'm going to sell out, it's about how I'm going to sell out. I believe I have control on those terms.

I continue to work in theatre because it keeps me rooted in the arts. It's collaborative, which I like . . . and no one ever promised me I could make a living at it. It may happen one day. It may not. But that's not why I'm here.

For now, theatre in Toronto is exciting and vital and growing. It gives me every reason to keep coming back for more.

Here's a quick quote I read a few days ago that I love – that made me understand a bit more about why this whole theatre thing is important. It involves the Toronto-based dub poet artist d'bi young and her work teaching at-risk youth about the importance of learning how to tell stories about their community:

"Working with d'bi.young.anitafrika, the young artists have learned the importance of storytelling as a way of ensuring that their perspective on life is known and not simply interpreted by others looking in."

What about you, Mr. Freeman? What keeps you going?


Freeman said...

I won't stop until someone has to describe my work to high school students.

Ambition. It's the new green monster.

Adam said...

I won't stop until Matt Freeman returns my calls.

Zack said...

I responded to this on my blog. Thanks Freeman.

David Johnston said...

It still beats temping for lawyers.