Working through the third draft of Why We Left Brooklyn, my newest play. Having a fine time with it.
Personally, the challenge is to craft something that is basically no-frills. There are no asides, no moments of inexplicable magical realism, nothing surreal, no jagged switches into poetry. It's a play about people I know, in the place I live, today. I think I was worried that if I wrote this play when I was younger, I'd wind up with something a bit cliche.
Of course, I'm still worried about that. I'm just hoping that a few years of experience and a little more sense of craft than I had when I started has made a play like this possible for me to write effectively.
After all, who wants to write the same play over and over?
- 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.