Today is World Theatre Day. Here are some traditional ways to celebrate, for those of you who have yet to participate.
1. The traditional "World Theatre Day" letter of apology to your parents
2. Perform that monologue you use for auditions during a staff meeting at your day job
3. Write a dystopian futuristic play for young people called World Theatre Day, where teenagers have to perform numbers from ancient musicals to avoid public execution.
4. Jazz hands all damn day.
5. Reverse "er" with "re" in evreything you write for the day.
6. Pick up smoking again. I mean, c'mon. You loved smoking.
7. Get drunk and start to talk in a British accent.
8. See a play that you've never heard of by someone you've never met in a little theater you've never been to before.
9. Buy a play by me. For World Theatre Day. It's a tradition.
10. Light your World Theatre Day candles that do not actually light and do not produce real smoke.
- 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.