As someone in the theatre, it’s impossible not to get smacked in the face by doubt—about your career, your abilities, your life choices in general—every now and again. Maybe even daily.
The characters in Matthew Freeman‘s new play, Why We Left Brooklyn, are Brooklyn-ites wrestling with the choices they’ve made. And the choices they’ve made look a lot like the choices a lot of young artists living in New York City in 2013 have made, or are making, or are looking at making in the near future. So for a podcast devoted to looking at the off-off-Broadway landscape of the present, there was a lot of resonance felt by your humble producer while watching this show.
Listen in as Matthew & director Kyle Ancowitz discuss disappointment, growing up and getting a real job, hiding Matthew’s real address in the play, having a conversation with the theatrical community via a play, freshness, and reflecting your personal experience and the experience of your friends onstage.
“…this question about, how hard should we try, how long should we continue, how long should we continue the struggle, it gets asked of everybody in the play…”
“…you must believe in yourself. And that’s a tremendous effort, it’s a tremendous effort every day…”
Why We Left Brooklyn
written by Matthew Freeman
directed by Kyle Ancowitz
thru September 21, 2013
Tuesday–Saturday at 7:30PM
added performance Sunday, September 15 at 2PM
The 4th Street Theater
83 E. 4th Street
Tickets available via SmartTix (212-868-4444)
photos by Kyle Ancowitz