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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, March 03, 2008

What's Good About Theater

Slay makes a good point here, as he rounds up some discussion.

How bleak is my valley? Quite apparently. Except, of course, for those of us having a great time despite the obvious and painfully unfair circumstances. I want to see them changed. And I applaud the changes that people are trying to make. But I also think that there's lots of wonderful stuff out there going on, and we can be too quick to commit ritual love-suicide.

Anyone out there having a lovely time seeing great plays and making great plays?

Even though (see below) I didn't pee with glee over August: Osage County...it's a three and a half hour American play on Broadway that it's considered important to see. In fact, the straight play is doing rather well on Broadway as of late, no?

Encouraging I think.

What's some stuff you find encouraging lately?


Ian G. said...

Dude, at the end of the day, I'm encouraged whenever I get the opportunity to do good work with people I like. At the risk of making this a shameless plug, right now I'm working on a fantastic play with people I like, and the audience and even the critics are digging it. Right now, that's enough. Sometimes all you can do is keep on keeping on.

(So everyone come see "Our Country's Good" thru March 23 at 78th St. Theatre Lab).

Mike said...

I'm having a great time. Challenging, but great.