Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Release! Boxcar by David-Matthew Barnes

Boxcar
by David-Matthew Barnes

Characters: 2 males. Both characters are in their teens.
Genre: Drama
Length: One-Act Play/15 Minutes
Set: The inside of a boxcar train.
Rating: Although written for and about teenagers, the script contains adult language and mature themes.
Production Highlights: This play has not been produced. A world premiere is available.
Story: Unable to attend their high school dance together, Austin and Harley decide to skip Homecoming and seek refuge in an abandoned boxcar. There, they dream of escaping the ultra conservative small town they live in, hoping to discover a place where they can exist and love without fear.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Release! I Ate Lunch Alone Today by David-Matthew Barnes

I Ate Lunch Alone Today
by David-Matthew Barnes

Characters: 2 females, 2 males. Characters are in their late 20's.
Genre: Drama
Length: One-Act Play/15 Minutes
Set: A modest one-bedroom apartment in New York City. April, 1968.
Rating: This script contains mature themes.
Production Highlights: Official selection for the Chicago Director's Festival.
Featured In: Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s; Monologues That Kick Ass
Story: A modern-day adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Margaret has convinced everyone, including herself, that her relationship with Anthony is perfect. But when Margaret's childhood friend – a fun-loving flight attendant named Bridgette – comes to town for a quick visit, Margaret confesses that for the first time in two years she ate lunch alone, a moment that prompts the sudden realization that her life and her relationship are more damaged than she wants to admit.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Release! Number 76 by David-Matthew Barnes

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At a bus stop in Chicago, a young couple in high school emotionally confront his ties to an urban street life and her impending thoughts of suicide in this powerful one-act play for teens. The script was an official selection for the Mid-America Dramatists Lab.

Monday, January 18, 2016

New Release! Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me by David-Matthew Barnes

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When star student Johnny Ramirez is selected to be the math tutor for the always-misunderstood Alex Wilde, the two young men discover love for the first time in this charming one-act play for teens.

The script was an official selection for the DC Queer Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. and received the Slam Boston Award for Best Play.

Features roles for two men; one role is written specifically for a Latino actor.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Interview With Playwright David-Matthew Barnes on Better Places to Go

Original cast members from Better Places to Go
by David-Matthew Barnes
Better Places to Go
An Interview with Playwright 
David-Matthew Barnes

Q: Where did the idea for Better Places to Go come from? What inspired you to write the script?
A: The idea first came to me during a cross-country road trip. It was in the fall of 2001. I was moving back to California from Chicago. We stopped at a roadside diner - much like the one in the play - in Grand Island, Nebraska. I was so fascinated by the people that were there. I realized I was surrounded by potential characters. As soon as I arrived in California, I wrote the play immediately. It was produced less than two years later.

Q: Are these characters based on real people?
A: Not really, no. The characters came to me separately. Rosie was first, followed by Judy. Then, Ricardo and Derek. Rosie has become a favorite character of mine. Although she wasn't when I first wrote the script. I've grown to love her over time.

Q: Are you surprised by the success of the play?
A: I'm surprised any time something I've written is published or produced. I think what we really made me happy about this play was the many places it went - and is still going. I was surprised by the love for it in New York. It's been produced twice there and it looks like a third production might happen there again soon. This play has been anthologized a lot, so that's helped the script and the characters reach a lot of young actors.

Q: How often do you write? And when do you write?
A: I write almost every day. During the week, I’m up every morning by five o’clock, sitting at the computer in my home office. On Saturdays, I will typically write until noon. Sundays I take the day off to refuel.

Playwright David-Matthew Barnes
Q: Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals? 
A: I probably have too many too count, but a few are: I must have a title before starting a big project; I always create an unofficial soundtrack for my novels or stage plays that I listen to constantly while creating; I don’t read other books or scripts while working on a project.

Q: Any chance we will see these characters again?
A: Yes. There are discussions happening about adapting Better Places to Go into an independent film. I hope it happens. I'm writing the script this summer. All of these characters have always felt larger than life to me. They need the big screen to tell their stories.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Your Two Forms of Success

Recently, playwright Marcus Gardley was interviewed by Rebecca Gross for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gardley, who also teaches playwriting at Brown University, shared an important concept that writers should take to heart.

One of the questions asked: "What do you think is the most important thing you can teach your students?" Gardley responded, "The most important thing I've learned in the last few years is that you have to be open to redefining objectives for yourself in order to stay focused as a writer. I always ask my students to give two forms of success: there's success where the only thing preventing you from achievement is you, and then there's a level of success that requires other people. As long as one of those is working, that should be enough for you to keep going."

The concepts he presents here - two forms of success - are fascinating and practical.

Look at your own creative process and determine what your two forms of success are. Are you preventing yourself from your next achievement? What do other people need to do in your life to help you reach the next level?

You can read the interview with Marcus Gardley in its entirety here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

PLAY OF THE DAY: We Never Made it to Paris

A new stage play by David-Matthew Barnes
We Never Made it to Paris
by David-Matthew Barnes
Characters: 2 males. One character is Latino. Both characters dance.
Genre: Drama
Set: The landscape traveled in this journey is broad. However, the set remains the same.
Rating: This script contains adult language and themes.
Production Highlights: This script received a world premiere at The Producer's Club in New York City.
Featured In: Brave Enough to Love: Gay and Lesbian Stage PlaysMonologues That Kick Ass; and Deuces: Stage Plays for Two Actors
Awards: National finalist in the Saints and Sinners Playwriting Competition
Story: We Never Made it to Paris is a creative fusion of language, music, movement, dance, photography, and light. The story spans over the course of eighteen years in the lives of two men: Eros, a former model, and Bird, a former actor. Fearing real love doesn’t exist, Bird sabotages their young affair, only to realize years later they are soul mates.

Information about producing We Never Made it to Paris can be found here.

Poster from the world premiere of We Never Made it to Paris,
performed at the Producer's Club in NYC.

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