That Which Isn't

by  Matthew Freeman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

"A graceful psychodrama [...] clear-eyed writing [...] savvy [...]" - The Village Voice

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That Which Isn't

by  Matthew Freeman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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"A graceful psychodrama [...] clear-eyed writing [...] savvy [...]" - The Village Voice, Read More 

"That Which Isn’t is a heartbreaking work. But when you leave I’ll bet you’ll want to hug someone you love and feel grateful for what you have." - Woman Around Town, Read More


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: An open field outside an east coast city and a restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 1f
HELEN – A woman in her early and then later thirties.
JAMES – A man in his early thirties.
MARCUS – A man in his early 40s.
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)



Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman's plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City: at the Access Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Fourth Street Theater and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church. His work has been published by Samuel French, Smith & ...

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That Which Isn't premiered at the Brick Theater in a production by Theater Accident in Brooklyn, NY in August 2016 under the direction of Kyle Ancowitz.

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