- 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, July 31, 2008
So...theater mavens... which famous or oft-discussed plays have you never seen? Never read? Someone more industrious than me will type up a list. But heck, I'm not industrious. Never have been. I'm just a guitar player.
I'll say that I did not see and did not read any of The Coast of Utopia. I have also never read A View from a Bridge. Or Speed-the-Plow. To name a few.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Scott has linked to it as well.
I think Art certainly is right to note the whiff of sulfur when powerful critics allow their own umbrage to affect a review. Then again, shouldn't we admit that we're all human. Is there such a thing at leaving your soul at the door when you review a play? Should you ever WANT that sort of critic to show up? Who wears a thin mask of pure objectivity? Like art is an equation with a single solution?
I'm working on a grant. I should be done with it by now, but I am not.
Question for you: Is there a well-known play that you really, really don't like? That you think is either overrated, offensive or dull? For example: I don't like Ah, Wilderness! It blows.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This is exciting stuff, evolving out of the Art NY white paper on AEA Showcase Reform and the movement to rebrand Off-Off Broadway the "Indie Theatre" scene.
Take a look at this Playgoer post from 2006 (whoa, has it been that long) about some of the roots of this project.
I also love that the Showcase Code is a small part of their overall focus, which is primarily about presenting 99 seat and below theater as an economic force in the city, worthy of advocacy and institutional support.
I certainly encourage everyone to check it out, check out the membership application, and think about ways you can support these efforts. This sort of project always works best when those being advocated for, being advocates themselves.
Please do not call in to every radio talk show on the planet earth about it.
That is all.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Obviously, the AP has been McCain's base (his words) for some time...but this is an odd play. This is stuff of international importance. To seek out an opposing quote before adequately reporting the topic at hand can only been seen as an editorial decision to undercut Obama.
Another example of a take on Obama (this time from McClatchy) that reaches desperately to show dissension in generally closing ranks. I've heard little but admiration from progressives for Obama's statements and smart outflanking of McCain during his Mideast trip. But if you were to read this, you'd think the left is split down the middle on him, up in arms.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I want to be put to death when I read some foodstuff referred called "kissed." As in "Sugar Kissed Butterscotch Cookies" or "Orange Kissed Fillet of Sole" or "Nutmeg Kissed Cream Tart."
I despise such dainty idiocy. Nutmeg kisses nothing. Is there nutmeg on the damn cream tart? How about calling it a nutmeg cream tart. Or just stop talking and give me the cream tart. The discussion is pointless.
I also find it infuriating when the word "fresh" is used with an upturned nose. "We only use fresh basil." This word too often betrays a sort of snobbery, i.e. "Perhaps those tomatoes are good enough for the peasants, but we only eat fresh tomatoes here." Asking if the pie is "fresh" is bullshit. It's pie. You like pie? Eat the pie.
That is not to say one cannot enjoy fresh fish. Just don't make a goddamn issue of your refined taste and freshness radar in public. Eating an orange should not be an re-enactment of The Princess and the Pea. A day old orange didn't kill your grandmother.
And finally, when you call wine "jammy" you are a tool. Everyone around you thinks so. Unless they, too, are tools. I have called wine "jammy" in weak moments. In those moments, I was a tool. Complete and utter.
That is all.
Here's a tiny bit of it:
"Osteoporosis. Brain hemorrhage. Nausea. Kleptomania. Trichotillomania. Psychosomatic. Sonar. Shrapnel just behind the eye. Kidney stones. Choking hazard. Still life. “It” girl. Bulimia. Crusty morning eyes. Acid Reflux. Wasting disease. Malaria. Athlete’s Foot. Freckles. Forgone Conclusions. Contusions. Lesions. Wetworks. Carpet cleaners. Carcinogens. Iron. Lead. Lycanthrope. Consumption. Tuberculosis. Platelets. Hemoglobin. Hobgoblin. Everlasting Gobstoppers. Heart Attack. Barbed wire. Knuckle sandwich. Off-kilter.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
His latest CD is called "The Robins Eat Like Me Now." Which is what makes us, truly, family.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I am glad that we live in modern times, ones in which he would not already be "dead of a draft" or something like that at his age.
Also, I would like to note that, as he is 32, you could fit the lives of 4 8-year olds in him.
In fact, their names are Wendy, Tyler, John and Jon.
-- David D.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Thank you for giving $100 million to The New York State Theater.
Blue Coyote Theater Group would gladly accept a mere $100,000.00.
We'll even make it easy. You can donate here.
Then, we'll send you a T-Shirt for Free!
Thank you in advance. We're huge fans!
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Kris Vire in Chicago has asked if the Soho Rep's production of "Blasted" can be honestly called the US Premiere.
The NY Times has reported it as such. As has the Soho Rep's website.
I'm inclined to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Could this be its first "professional, equity, full-scale, open-ended" US production? Could this be a version of the play previously unperformed? Did Soho Rep not nail down a proper Google search?
We'll see. Won't we.
Anyone have any thoughts to contribute?
UPDATE: Kris Vire's done some more digging and found that there have been amendments all around. The New York Premiere of Blasted is what Soho Rep is now, accurately, promoting. As with all things, seems like this was just crossed wires and miscommunication. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Before I finished it, a few days before, I said to my father on the phone: "Have you read 'The Road'?" He said "Yes. Are you reading it?" And I said "Yes." And it seemed that we were both excited to discuss it when I was finished with it.
My father is 65 and has six children, the youngest of which is 14. I don't know if I can talk to him about this book without crying a whole lot.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
"When the lease on its Tribeca home expires on July 31, 2008, Collective: Unconscious will close its doors for good. This decision comes on the heels of a massive plumbing problem that has rendered its lower level "lobby" and backstage storage area unusable and has forced much of its previously announced UNDERGROUNDZERO FESTIVAL to seek new venues."
Anyone out there have more info about this?
If you're a parent with a love of Shakespeare (or a non-parent who babysits, or works as a Nanny) or just a Shakespeare fan who likes being outside...might I recommend Daydream? This adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream is for children preschool and up, and it plays in Prospect Park through July 20th (Saturdays at 11 am and Sundays at 3pm.)
Directed by Rohana Elias-Reyes and featuring a fantastic cast (including two Gorilla Rep veterans), singing, a welcoming atmosphere and puppets, Daydream is pretty much perfect for parents whose eyes are on good summer activities and meeting other families with similar cultural interests. It's also, for non-parents, a pretty good way to go out and play in the Park on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.
Details are here!