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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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Make a gift to your favorite theater company

This year, blogging was extremely light from me. I haven't officially closed up shop here - you never know when I'm going to feel the need to write about some subject - but I realize it's been much less consistent. For those of you that have looked for me this past year and found less than they'd hoped, I apologize.

Usually, I create a list of theaters I recommend you give to before the end of the year. With the rise of IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, it's a bit less important for me to link to individual pages and tout the importance of various small theaters. So this year, I'm going to refrain from a list like that.

Still, if you haven't made a year-end gift to one or more of your favorite theaters, you should do so.  Consider, also, supporting the company or institution itself as opposed to a production or project. There's nothing better than general operating cash for small companies, gifts that are not earmarked for certain kinds of projects.

When I started this blog, I suggested gifts of $10, $25 and $50. I said those gifts add up. IndieGoGo and Kickstarter proved that's true. If you're in the habit of making those smaller donations, maybe your year-end, special gift could be $250 - which is just under $25 a month for a year. Combine that kind of giving and make one payment. It'll be more substantial for the company, and feel better for you too.

I hope your 2012 was productive and fun, and 2013 is even better.

Onwards and upwards!

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