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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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Haven't seen "Grace"...

Was invited to. Been a bit busy. Read the review this morning, and it sounds (qualifications for snarkiness aside) like pretty compelling stuff.

But I will say...where I come from... declaring yourself an Episcopal priest doesn't exactly set you in stiff opposition to the secular humanist world. I'd be curious if the play addresses the difference between kinds of Christian faith. Because the Episcopal Church is pro-gay and pro-green and its Presiding Bishop is a woman and a scientist. Sure, its had its issues... but it's not like aligning yourself with Pat Robertson.

I'm not saying the Episcopal church is, um, without God. But man... I can't imagine anyone being pissed about an Episcopalian. Unless they forgot to bring coffee cake or took their parking spot or something.

At the very least, I'm really interested in checking it out now. Has anyone seen it? Thoughts?


Jaime said...

The reason his deciding to be an Episcopalian priest is such a big deal is that his mother is an *intense* atheist - sort of like if Richard Dawkins' kid was gonna be a priest. There's also a scene where she argues (like Dawkins) that moderate religion gives cover and credence to "the nutters," while he (the son who wants to be a priest) argues that he wants "better religion," because "no religion" isn't ever gonna happen.

And yeah, I think the play's fantastic and great, but I'm a little biased.

Ian G. said...

I want to check it out because Phillip Goodwin is in it; he was a teacher of mine and it's worth seeing a dramatization of the Wisconsin Tax Code as long as he's in it.