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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.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Senate Torture Report

In honor of the release of the Senate Torture Report, here is my own little addition to our national shame: That Old Soft Shoe, free for you to read.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

In honor of our fine country, some text

Ah, midterm elections. In honor of the Republican party gaining national power after six years of doing the least amount possible, I would like to share a bit of text from my play, Confess Your Bubble.

"The United States of America is the greatest nation in the history of the world, because it exemplifies the ideals of humankind. We, as a People, believe in the right of all people to practice their own religion, to wear what they like, to think what they like, to speak freely, to invent new spellings and punctuations, to do what they want for a living, even if it’s painting or dancing or something like that. We are a nation of laws, and no one is above the law, except a few people, but what can you expect? We believe in the power of the human spirit, and the innovation, and the free market, except when it screws up, and we think everyone should vote, even though most people don’t bother, because they have been disheartened systematically by calculatingly free speech.

So be proud, is my point. Proud of yourselves for who you are, for being born to this, being born in this, because it was born inside you, in you, in you, in you. You were infected with Exceptionalism, and so you are exceptional, and you are manifestly destined to manifest your destiny by writing a manifesto about how to pick a girl named Destiny. Not that she is black, that’s just her name. Her very attractive name.

Stand up, I say, the next time you bother to try, and thank God, if you believe in God, that you are from the good old USA. USA! USA! USA! Scream it at a football game, or yell it at that Italian professional wrestler that is dressed up like Saddam Hussein. Do it with passion and verve. Be it. You are of it. Of it. Of it. Of it."

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Witching Hour: A video essay

My perpetually powerful partner Pam has a new hotness up for Halloween. It's a video essay on Film Comment about witches (what else?). Check it out below or on Film Comment.

The Witching Hour: A Video Essay from Film Comment on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Haven't updated this blog in a month and a half. Which says what? Busy. Oh and there's lots of other places to find out information about me now. Facebook and twitter (@Mfreemanwriter) and my new website www.matthewfreemanwriter.com. And at the New Dramatists website.

But there is news to come. I'll be a part of the Brick's upcoming season, with a workshop in October and a production in early February of next year. This is a new collaboration with the Brick's Artistic Director Michael Gardner, with whom I created Exposition, Denouement and Brandywine Distillery Fire.

And some monologues from Why We Left Brooklyn appear here:


Also, I mostly think about this.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Atlanta Fringe Audio

Check out Lift Lift Lift, now playing as a part of Atlanta Fringe Audio 2014 until June 8th.

You can, in fact, donate a fuck bucks to the artist (Theater Accident) if you like what you hear. Which I think you will.

Listen here. There's lots of great content for all you NPR and podcasting junkies, who are looking for something new.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Dramatists

In very happy news, I was offered a seven-year residency with New Dramatists. Kind of a big moment for yours truly.

I've had this blog since 2005, so that means about nine years, working with the amazing Blue Coyote Theater Group and at the Brick and the Access and all over the place. My first play produced in New York was 2001. So, it's been nearly 15 years living in New York, working Off-Off, 13 of which as a playwright. The work continues, of course. But this is a big, new step for me. Excited to see what comes next.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Refreshed and revisited personal webpage

I've updated my personal webpage, to make it simpler for me to keep current. It's now on the almighty and fun Squarespace.


Please. Read it. There are things there.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Yesterday was April Fool's Day

Yesterday was April Fool's Day. In order to have fun, I posted a photo. I was forced to remove it from the blog. It seemed to upset people. 

So for all of you that saw it, I apologize. I promise: I returned all the children in the photo to recess.

UPDATE: Belated April Fool's Day. This do not happen.

Friday, March 21, 2014

One of those thoughtful rejection letters

I can't tell if I appreciate the nice, detailed single-sentence review that is now the trend in rejection letters from large theaters - or if I feel a little condescended to by it.

Or maybe, when receiving a rejection letter, I'm difficult to please.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Killer at Theater for a New Audience

Pretty excited about The Killer by Eugene Ionesco at Theater for a New Audience with Michael Shannon. Just read it for the first time recently, shockingly enough.

Ionesco is my huckleberry.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why We Left Brooklyn available as an ebook

Why We Left Brooklyn is now available as an ebook for all Kindle devices and those using the Kindle app. Only 99 cents. Because I want you to have one, and that's very little to spend. Yes? Yes.

Enjoy reading the play about why this was all a big mistake.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Audio Drama: "Lift Lift Lift"

I'm happily sharing, via Soundcloud, this new audio piece entitled Lift Lift Lift, featuring performances by Moira Stone, David DelGrosso, Stephanie Willing, Matthew Trumbull and Robert Honeywell. Written and produced by me.

Hope you enjoy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

New prices for ebooks: 99 cents

I have several ebooks available through Amazon.com, for the Kindle and through the Kindle app that is on most Apple Devices. Today, I've decided to normalize the prices and sell each for the same price: 99 cents.

Confess Your Bubble
The Americans
Short Plays for Grown-Ups (featuring The White Swallow, The Metaphor, What To Do To A Girl, The Dress You Should Wear and Last Words)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lean In / Getty Images

Here is one of the many places my totally amazing wife has been interviewed, in support of the Lean In / Getty Images partnership. I'm in awe of all the ways she promotes a better world for everyone.

Other great articles include this, this and this.

Go Pam!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Matt Freeman's San Antonio

"Matt Freeman's San Antonio" is a play by Sandy Radford (someone I've never met) about a dissatisfied playwright.

Hooray for that.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Lost a friend

Not too much to say about it at the moment. I'll miss him.