That Old Soft Shoe closed its run at the Too Soon Festival this past Sunday.
I was very proud of the production, and the work that was done. The direction was, as usual, tight and clear. The acting was all around spectacular. I know a lot of people who saw the show were impressed by Steve Burns performance and rightly so - it was a show stealing performance in a show stealing role. Everyone, though, was fantastic. Carter Jackson's deadpan serviceman underplayed to perfection. David DelGrosso gave a heartfelt performance to a role I felt could easily have been detestable, a truly great performance. Laura Desmond was freaking hilarious as always as she blew up with rage at Joe Yeargain, who in turn gave subtly powerful performance as The Patient. Maya Ferrera's role, written more as a sight gag on the page, wound up giving real life and bringing some exceptional comic timing to the role of Gretchen.
It wasn't my most attended play, truth be told, but it certainly seemed to find favor with the audience that did attend. If you made it out to see the play, thanks so much for supporting our efforts to delight and provoke. I certainly hope we'll see this play again very soon.
- 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.