Playwright Matthew Greene on believing in ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA

Matthew Greene

Matthew Greene

LDS playwright Matthew Greene’s ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA receives its world premiere January 31-February 10 at Plan-B Theatre Company.  He made his professional debut this past August at the New York International Fringe Festival with #MORMONINCHIEF.

Sometimes I think life isn’t fair. Really, it can’t be fair that I get to gather in a rehearsal room with a bunch of interesting, talented people while the rest of the world goes about an ordinary Sunday afternoon. Yesterday afternoon the creative team for ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA watched the first run-thru of the play opening at the end of this month. I could go on for a while about how excited I am to be working with these great people and what high hopes I have for the play. Instead, though, I thought I’d mention a realization I recently had.

When I was a kid, I saw a production of PETER PAN and promptly fell in love with theatre. Nothing rivaled the magic I felt when the house lights were lowered and the show began. When Peter turned out to the audience and asked us to clap if we believed in fairies, I started to applaud like I’d never applauded before. Never mind the fact that I was a smart ten-year-old who knew better than to believe in fairies. Never mind that I knew it was an actress (not even a boy!) up there playing Peter. I didn’t hesitate; I believed in fairies and I clapped.

After that, my nascent theatrical career began and I didn’t lose that sense of wonder. My childhood and adolescence were colored by many transcendent moments that motivated me to hold on tightly to this crazy little thing called theatre. As the years past, I worried I might become jaded or disenchanted with this path I’d chosen. After all, if theatre lost its magic, I could make more money and have more free time doing something else entirely.

Well, a few weeks ago, I went back to see that same production of PETER PAN and found myself, once again, clapping like a madman to save Tinkerbell’s life. Y eah, I know she’s just a flashlight and a synthesizer in the orchestra pit. But I couldn’t help myself. I’m still young (at least that’s what I tell myself) but I hope to never grow out of that state of boyish wonder.

Show art by Greg Ragland

That wonder was reawakened this afternoon. This fantastic company has taken a bunch of words I wrote and are transforming them into a living breathing piece of theatre. This is what we get to do in the theatre: we get together and clap if we believe. In a few weeks, we’ll invite an audience to do the same. And I’m lucky to be a part of it.

Matthew Greene’s ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, featuring Logan Tarantino & Topher Rasmussen and directed by Jason Bowcutt, receives its world premiere January 31-February 10 at Plan-B Theatre Company.  Click here for more information.

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