Matthew Freeman, Playwright

Matthew Freeman / Playwright

Bluebeard

8f, 2m

Full-Length. A new version of the classic folktale and horror story. Margaret has been married to a wealthy man with a prominent blue beard. Will she follow the rules of the house? Or peek behind the red door?

That Which Isn't

1f, 2m

Two-Acts. Helen meets with James in a quiet field somewhere far from the city. Years later, she meets with Marcus in a crowded restaurant in Los Angeles. These two goodbyes explore the process of losing the people we love, and how we remember the people we don't.

The Listeners

4f, 2m

Full-Length. A surreal drama about memory and ritual. A family that runs an ad-hoc bed and breakfast. Two drifters arrive at their doorstep. Read it here.

Why We Left Brooklyn (or The Dinner Party Play)

5m, 5f

Three Acts. Everything is changing. Jason is finally ready to give up acting - and New York City - for a solid teaching job in Columbus, Ohio. His wife, Michelle, would join him, if not for the budding book deal. On the eve of Jason's departure, their closest friends have gathered among packed boxes and uncertain prospects to mark the occasion with a farewell dinner party. On a blisteringly comic battleground littered with crushed hopes and artisanal flatbreads, ten strivers reckon their successes and wonder how much longer they can hold out. Read it here.

When Is A Clock

5m, 3f

Full-Length. When Gordon's wife vanishes, the only clue to her whereabouts is a bookmark in dog-eared copy of Traveling to Montpelier. With little help to be found at work, from his son, or from the police, Gordon takes off to a rural bookstore to find some answers. At turns both scathingly funny and disturbingly compelling, When Is A Clock features Freeman's celebrated deconstruction of American culture - which has been called "nonviolent, though as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times. Read it here.

Glee Club

8m

60 mins. Eight misfit members of Romeo, Vermont's cut-throat glee club are on the verge of meltdown after their soloist makes a disastrous decision to stop drinking right before a performance. Will they be ready in time for the big recital? Will they mend torn friendships and wounded hearts? Isn't music the most important thing? An explicit comedy about singing, friendship, and the riffs in between. Read it here.

 

The Most Wonderful Love

4f, 5m

Three Acts. When Mother and Father celebrate their long and happy marriage with an unprecedented ceremonial unwedding, their friends and relations gather from all over to feast on the spoils; get ready for this sprawling satire on contemporary marriage and American fundamentalism. Read it here.

The Great Escape

2f, 2m

Three Acts. Things have changed since Henry last visited Mom; for starters, the décor is decidedly kitschier, and his sister Catherine decidedly creepier; and Mom has a new husband; and she’s locked herself upstairs. Read it here.

The Americans

3m

One-Act. A young man writes a poem, “The Americans,” so beautiful that the walls of his room rise into the sky and explode, covering New York in wood and plaster rain; for three young men vaguely nervous about what their lives are becoming, it is, at least, something different. Read it here.

Brandywine Distillery Fire(Exposition/Denouement)

6f, 1m

A non-narrative theatrical collision, developed with improvisation and accident. (Brandywine Distillery Fire was developed as Exposition and Denouement before its final iteration.)

The Death of King Arthur

5f, 11m

Five-Acts. Thomas Mallory's L'Morte D'Arthur is transformed into a five-act play in verse in this thrilling epic tale. The Holy Grail has been found and the Round Table has won its place in history, but Lancelot has returned from the Quest in shame, a secret sin on his head. King Arthur discovers the sin, and the ensuing struggle dramatically exposes the deep flaws and nobility of the Arthurian myth as it examines the transition from an idealistic monarchy to a modern and pragmatic democracy. Read it here.

That Old Soft Shoe

2f, 4m

Two-Acts. In That Old Soft Shoe, a Senator from the Pacific Northwest arrives to inspect the goings-on in an undisclosed location, throwing the staff into turmoil. Will their dancing lessons prove sufficient? Or will they all wind up working at a phone bank in Dallas? after all, it's a new administration. Read it here.

Confess Your Bubble

1 m

Solo. Due to a plea bargain, Senator Carl Corpuscle, a Democratic Senator from the Great State of Washington (not D.C.) is delivering a speech about his life and views on the government to students at a local high school. attendance is not mandatory, and only students over 17 may attend. Senator Corpuscle talks about his role in the Democratic administration, delivers a civics lesson, and offers dire warnings - with slides to illustrate his points. Read it here.

The White Swallow

1f, 2m

Ten Minute. A couple orders up a young male prostitute on Craig's List, for a very particular fetish. Read it here.

What To Do To A Girl

1f, 2m

Ten Minute. Professor Axiomatic describes women and how they work to the Hilltop Prep School for Boys. Read it here.

The Metaphor

1f, 2m

Ten Minute. Seeking to overcome a porn habit, a lonely man seeks the advice of a progressive Episcopal Priest. Read it here.

Trayf

2m

One-Act. A giant talking lobster visits a drunken rabbi, in order to convert to Judaism. Read it here.