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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.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Character(s) - a new short play on video

When the news broke earlier this week about Anthony Weiner (a Congressman I actually have admired and still, in terms of his politics, agree with), it occurred to me that his public shaming and Blue Coyote Theater Group's currently running evening of short plays - Standards of Decency 3: 300 Vaginas Before Breakfast - had obvious thematic overlap.

So... on Monday evening I wrote a short play. Too late, perhaps, to rehearse and include into the festival, nevertheless, Kyle Ancowitz quickly shot and edited the play into this 10 minute video, featuring a pair of terrific performances by David DelGrosso and Moira Stone. From written to released in four days. Newfangled, fast, and fun. I hope you enjoy it.

The play is called Character(s). It's about Congressman Dick Peters meeting with his aide Carol to hastily craft a statement of public apology.

If you dig the video, definitely share it with your friends. For live pieces like this one, including my play The Metaphor, come and see Standards of Decency 3: 300 Vaginas Before Breakfast, which runs until June 18th, 2011. (Critic's Pick at Time Out New York!)

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