Resident Playwright2014 -- 2021
Matthew Freeman’s plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City by way of the Access Theater; 4th Street Theater; The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, The New Ohio, 80WSE Gallery and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church.
His plays include The Language, Bluebeard, When is a Clock, Traveling to Montpelier, The Listeners (Nominee: Best Performance Art Production - New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2015), Why We Left Brooklyn, That Which Isn't, The Starving Dress, The Most Wonderful Love, Glee Club, The Great Escape, The Death of King Arthur, The Americans, That Old Soft Shoe, Confess Your Bubble and Brandywine Distillery Fire. His plays and monologues have been published by Samuel French, Applause, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theatre Experience and Playscripts, Inc.
As a director, Freeman has staged The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children by Matthew Trumbull at the NY International Fringe Festival 2012 (Encore Series; Award, Overall Excellence in Solo Performance) and the Minnesota Fringe Festival 2013. He has directed his own adaptation of the mystery plays, Genesis, with Handcart Ensemble and his in the great expanse of space there is nothing to see but More, More, More at the Brick Theater.
He is a current resident playwright at New Dramatists and a MacDowell Colony Fellow.
Freeman is a graduate of Emerson College.
Seeking neutral ground, Helen and James drive out of the city to an open field on a moonlit evening. From sunset to sunrise, they confront their past together and attempt to forge a possible future. Years later, Helen and Marcus meet for dinner in Los Angeles to discover if shared history constitutes common ground. In two spare acts, That Which Isn't explores the limits of forgiveness and the way we remember those we've left behind.
August 11-20th, 2016 - The Brick Theater
Matt Freeman's new play The Listeners opens on February 4th at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Listeners is surreal drama about ritual as a ward against the unknown. The Listeners casts the audience in the role of "the listeners" themselves, observing them through one-way mirrors and peep holes in the walls of the four-sided set.
Details at www.bricktheater.com.