I'm not terribly good at ten best lists and round-ups. Unless they're silly. I'm just not terribly ordered or organized in my thinking. 2009, though, was a solid and seed sowing year for me, and it gives me great expectations for 2010 and beyond.
During my year...
When is a Clock was published this year. Hooray for that.
Glee Club was produced as a part of the Antidepressant Festival. It was extremely well-received. There are plans in the works to see that play again soon, for a longer run, along with another of my previously produced works. Details as they become available.
Exposition was also produced this year. I'm particularly proud of it, and hope to see it revived. The cast was awesome. Plus, it was my first collaboration with Michael Gardner at the Brick. First of many I hope.
In the great expanse of space there is nothing to see but More, More, More received readings at Blue Coyote Theater Group and the Brick Theater. Both times viewed with general suspicion.
Bluebeard was completed and received a reading at the Access.
I presented a series of successful Playwrights in Conversation podcasts with nytheatre.com.
Was interviewed and linked to and generally not treated like a total asshole by Time Out.
I was the writer for the 5th Annual New York Innovative Theater Awards, which led to the opportunity to be the Senior Writer for the webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Plus, some of my nearest and dearest had some great things happen. My brother Dan graduated, my brother Jeff went off to college, I got to spend more time with my family than I usually do, and my Mother and Father both retired (happily!). Pam's space in Gowanus is getting really popular and her blog has really taken off. Plus, she's curating her own shows now - a new one in just a few weeks.
All in all, not a bad year.
Happy New Year everyone.
- 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.