Since we've decided that the indefensible is now debatable ("Do we torture?" "Do we not pay our bills if we're the US government?" "Is it okay to audibly show live human actors we don't like them in public?" "Is Roe v. Wade settled law?") I think we should open up all sorts of other questions to debate. Why should anything be settled in a world of free speech? Let's not take anything for granted. I offer up these questions for your future blog posts or filler pieces...
Is it okay to punch someone if they are not killed by the punch?
Is it okay to go see a movie you didn't like, for a second time?
Is it okay to raise children to be assholes, even if it wasn't on purpose?
Is it okay to stand up and start giving lines to a play you have memorized, from the audience, just to help out?
Is it okay to buy DVDs even if you have On Demand?
When you watch a play, is it okay to walk out in a huff, and then come back and say "I'm walking out!" and then walk out again, just to make sure no one thought you were just going to take a call or something?
Is it okay to stand up and clap as if a play is over when it's really obviously not over?
Will it offend an actor if he or she is slapped while eating?
If a playwright is present at a rehearsal, may he or she be used in status games, to illustration "low status?"
Should a person announce how they intend to use the toilet exactly, loudly, at dinner?
Should a person be allowed to have only one wife? Is that enough wives?
Is it totally okay to really hate yourself if you also hate your pet?
When a person breaks his arm, shouldn't his other arm be broken, in the interest of fairness?
Is it okay to buy a ticket, sit down, watch a play, go home, go to bed, and the next day, forget all about it?
- 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.