- 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, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
DAVID DELGROSSO ON THAT OLD SOFT SHOE: Q & A
Q: David, this is the third show in 4 years that you have appeared in at the Brick summer festival that was written by Matt Freeman and directed by Kyle Ancowitz. Yet on the press release, only they are mentioned, as if none of the shows' success is attributable to you. But I know better. So the question is: why are these guys so aggressive in getting all the press attention for themselves, do you think; and why do you continue to work with them?
A: The work I do is edgy and dangerous, and I attract a pretty dangerous crowd. The Brick knows that my devoted following are passionate, unusual, and often unpredictable. They don't always know how to express their love for me in a healthy way. I can understand their reluctance to poke directly at the hornet's nest of my strange, largely Internet-driven fanbase with something as provocative as a mention in a press release. The first work that I did when I got to New York was in the old Theatre Row building on the corner of 42nd and Dyer. That is now an empty lot filled with rubble. That's all I can legally say about that.
You can get a copy on Amazon.com here.
Here's the description of the book:
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High-spirited yet down-home, suspenseful and genuinely moving, The Rhinestone Sisterhood is, at heart, a story of female friendship and rivalry, of triumph and disappointment—not to mention a Frog Queen who just wouldn’t quit. Anyone who has ever wanted to be a princess will feel right at home.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Here is a small bit of text from the production.
Then I went into shock. Then I was in shock. Then I was shocked. Then I conjugated the verb “to shock.” Then I realized that not all of the blood was mine. There was someone in the car with me. Oh. No. That’s the person from the other car. I spun out. I must have spun out.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
That's why my new play, That Old Soft Shoe, has been such a release for me. It is overtly political theater. It certainly isn't, either, a progressive diatribe about the Tea Party movement or Fox News or Glenn Beck or Rand Paul. More than anything, it's my response to what feels like alphabet soup in the political arena. It's also, maybe, a reminder that even in the midst of what feels like real progress, we can't ever pat ourselves on the back and go about our business. We are still a country that does immoral and unethical things with impunity. We abuse language the same way we seem to abuse our bodies: we'll pay for it someday, but for now, junk food just is too tempting.
I'm curious how you'll all respond to the piece. I hope you'll come to see it. It opens June 6th.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Great work by the cast and, as always, director Michael Gardner. There is a new speech in this show called "An Actor's Actor" that I think readers of this blog will get a kick out of, especially.
Definitely grab tickets in advance for those performances.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The website for the performance is here.
RSVP on Facebook here.
Get a ticket here.
It's at the Brick Theater, which is 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. One block from the Lorimer stop of the L train / Metropolitan stop of the G train.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
“The management of the Voice has chosen to deemphasize online coverage of this year’s awards,” explains press representative Gail Parenteau, “due to the large number of blogs that are currently discussing New York theater. If you really want to cover the event, you can buy a $25 ticket.”
This intriguing change of position raises a number of questions.
Is it possible that Village Voice Media, having already antagonized numerous members of its own news staff upon assuming management of the paper in January 2006, is now seeking to alienate journalists affiliated with other alternative publications?
An alternate explanation is that the Voice truly does feel threatened by the expansion of online arts coverage, and, rather than fortifying its own contributions, is seeking to weaken perceived competition.
It is no secret that the print media has been hard hit by the recession. On one hand, it’s hard to blame the Voice for attempting to raise obviously needed funds by selling the privilege of writing about its flagship annual event. On the other, it’s still incredibly tacky.
Update: Additional thoughts from CultureBot.
There are only three public performances of Denouement, my collaboration with director Michael Gardner and our brilliant cast (and the cast of the previous incarnation of this process Exposition). One of those performances is this Saturday night, May 21st.
As there are few performances and a cast of seven, I expect houses will be rather full. I'd suggest you purchase tickets in advance here.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The Metropolitan Transit Authority has threatened to evict the experimental media and theater group 3-Legged Dog from its Lower Manhattan building. The authority notified the group on Friday that it would begin eviction proceedings on Monday if 3-Legged Dog did not pay the more than $306,000 it owes the authority in back rent and interest. The group signed a 20-year lease in 2002 for space at 80 Greenwich Street, now known as 3LD Art & Technology Center, agreeing to pay $21,666.67 per month there after its former location at 30 West Broadway was destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, The Wall Street Journal reported. Kevin Cunningham, 3-Legged Dog’s executive artistic director, confirmed that the company had fallen behind in payments when foundations withdrew financial support because of the recession. He also said the theater had been forced to spend its own money on building maintenance, including asbestos abatement, without reimbursement from the authority. Though he said he had offered to negotiate a payment plan, the two companies have been unable to reach an agreement. The authority’s spokesman, Jeremy Soffin, told The Journal, “I don’t know how anyone can justify letting this tenant rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in back rent at a time when state cuts and deteriorating tax revenues have forced the M.T.A. to lay off station agents and cut service.”
Right. The MTA, that bastion of efficiency, is being decimated by state cuts and the arts are...what? Swimming in dough? What hypocritical bullshit.
3LD is one of the best theater spaces in New York City. It's a treasure with a ton of potential, and it's gotten financially beaten up. Do we need another terrific theater space closed to make way for a Foot Locker?
How can we protect 3LD?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Nytheatrecast MP3: Playwrights In Conversation with Adam Szymkowicz
Nytheatrecast MP3: Playwrights In Conversation with James Comtois
Nytheatrecast MP3: Playwrights In Conversation with Mac Rogers
Nytheatrecast MP3: Playwrights In Conversation with J. Scott Reynolds
Nytheatrecast MP3: Playwrights In Conversation with August Schulenberg
Josh Conkel and the Management (which should be the name of his band) are presenting SONG FOR A FUTURE GENERATION right now at Under St. Marks. Four performances left, including tonight. You really must see it.
Read the description. Then go see it tonight. Or I stab and stab and stab until I have no idea why.
Clones, robots and teenage time travelers search for connection at a dance party aboard a satellite. So what if its purpose is to celebrate an exploding star? For the kids in this "sci-fi dance party spectacle" this is going to be the BEST NIGHT EVER.
Written by Joe Tracz, Directed by Meg Sturiano
Performed by Alex Teicheira*, Cal Shook, Jenny Gomez, Jennifer Harder, Joleen Wilkinson*, Joe Varca, Joshua Conkel, Matt Barbot, Nick Lewis, Ronica Reddick*, Tara Giordano*, Yesenia Tromp & Zoey Martinson*.
April 29th- May 15th
Thursdays & Fridays @ 8pm and Saturdays @ 3pm & 8pm.
Location: UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks, btwn 1st Ave & Ave A
Tickets: $18 - www.smarttix.com or call 212-868-4444
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity - Equity approved showcase
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tickets are now on sale for THAT OLD SOFT SHOE at the Too Soon Festival. Here's the list of shows, and here's where to purchase tickets.
If you purchase your tickets before May 15th, 2010, you can receive the discounted ticket price of $15 (normally $18).
There are only five performances, spread out throughout June. Read the schedule carefully, and definitely get your tickets in advance. Note, also, that our first performance is on Sunday June 6th.
That Old Soft Shoe
Playwright Matthew Freeman, director Kyle Ancowitz, and Blue Coyote Theater Group return to the Brick with That Old Soft Shoe, a redacted comedy. Their previous appearances include the much ballyhooed productions of Glee Club and An Interview with the Author. In That Old Soft Shoe, a Senator from the Pacific Northwest arrives to inspect the goings-on in an undisclosed location, throwing the staff into turmoil. Will they all wind up working at a phone bank in Dallas? After all, it’s a new administration.
Blue Coyote Theatre Group
Written by Matt Freeman
Directed by Kyle Ancowitz
Sun 6/6, 2:30pm
Tue 6/8, 8:45pm
Wed 6/23, 8:45pm
Sat 6/26, 7pm
Sun 6/27, 4pm
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
First, I swear I thought you’d lost it with this constructed bullshit about how everything needs to be simplified. How Gwen’s files would unlock some key to a better workflow and bleeding edge processes. But now I see what you were really after all along. To upend our whole system entirely with this nonsense about city-states. Does this look like goddamn
to you? In such and such B.C.? Or would you say Athens BCEyou liberal new historicist? You’ll have us all in the clink you will. You’ll have us worshipping lesser Gods and bartering for our stock options like a common Afrikaner. It’s shameless. And you should be ashamed.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
First is Denouement. Only three performances to this production: Saturday May 22nd, Thursday May 27th, and Friday May 28th. Tickets are on sale here. As there are only three performances, I suggest you quickly get yours. As they will disappear.
If you saw Exposition last year, you will find much of that existing material enrobed in a new sticky sweet substance. If you didn't see Exposition, I certainly hope you'll check this out. It's a true collaboration between myself, the cast, and director Michael Gardner. I'm proud of the text, and I think it's a unique piece. Again, tickets are here, only three shows. Don't miss it.
Opening just the next weekend will be That Old Soft Shoe as a part of the Too Soon Festival. Tickets are not yet on sale, but we have five performances throughout June. Here is the show's description:
Playwright Matthew Freeman, director Kyle Ancowitz, and Blue Coyote Theater Group return to the Brick with That Old Soft Shoe, a redacted comedy. Their previous appearances include the much ballyhooed productions of Glee Club and An Interview with the Author. In That Old Soft Shoe, a Senator from the Pacific Northwest arrives to inspect the goings-on in an undisclosed location, throwing the staff into turmoil. Will their dancing lessons prove sufficient? Or will they all wind up working at a phone bank in Dallas? After all, it’s a new administration.
So... come to these shows and bask in their splendor.