I have to admit it. Personal success feels great. Each time I accomplish something that sets me one step closer to my goals, I feel elated. However, that feeling pales in comparison to the emotions I experience when someone I love achieves success, be it a friend or a family member. That’s right. I take more joy in seeing someone I love succeed than I take in my own accomplishments. For instance, yesterday, I received this email from my husband, John:
My Dearest Wife,
Early this morning, I received the news that my “The Merchant of Pittsburgh: A Comedy” was selected to kick-off San Francisco Dramatists Guild’s spring Footlights, staged-playreading series on March 2nd.
Attached is the invitation that will be sent out from New York in a few days.
Love to you,
SAN FRANCISCO FOOTLIGHTS – March 2, 2015 presentation.
Please join the Dramatists Guild for a staged-reading of John Freed’s
“The Merchant of Pittsburgh: A Comedy”
on Monday, March 2 at 7PM
533 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
“The Merchant of Pittsburgh: A Comedy” is set in an Equity-based, regional theatre in the late eighties and concerns a fed-up Jewish board member who takes over as acting artistic director in order to stage a Shylock-friendly production of “The Merchant of Venice” while being forced to confront his own set of racial and ethnic prejudices.
“A brilliant mashup of Shakespeare and August Wilson.” Arno Selco, Ithaca College
John Freed’s Brief Bio:
East Coast native by birth, the high point of his acting career occurred at age seventeen playing the lead in “Kiss me, Kate.” He received a standing ovation for his fireman’s carry off-stage of his co-star after her slap nearly knocked him out at the close of Act One.
Fast forward to teaching dramatic literature, especially Shakespeare, at Penn State as well as being the theater critic for the “Erie Daily Times” and film critic for New York’s “OneWorld Magazine.” He adapted Richard Wright’s novella “The Man Who Lived Underground” as a radio play produced by the local National Public Radio station and co-wrote “When Shakespeare Was a Woman” while functioning as pro bono drama consultant for the artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.
His own writing evolved further from developing a series of creative writing and new media courses at the University of St. Thomas in Texas and at Brandman / Chapman University here in the Bay area. During this time he wrote “Love me, Fuseli: A Play about Mary Wollstonecraft and her Circle of Friends” and “Figaro’s Follies” – a new adaption of Beaumarchais’ “Le Mariage de Figaro” which had staged-readings by the EastBay Players in the fall of 2014.
He is currently working on the book and lyrics for a musical entitled “All Hallows at Hearst Castle” with composer, Jeff Dunn.
John bi-locates to Portland, Oregon where his wife, Stacy Alexander, is a graduate student, a professional writer and a mixed media artist. His playwright website is http://freed98.wix.com/johnfreedplaywright .
Dramatists Guild’s San Francisco
My response to John: