Friday, February 19, 2016

New Release! Stay by David-Matthew Barnes

Stay
by David-Matthew Barnes

Characters: 4 females, 2 males. All but one character are in their teens. The other is in her mid-40's.
Genre: Seriocomic
Set: A teenaged girl's bedroom. A rural Southern town in America.
Rating: Although written for and about teenagers, the script contains adult language and mature themes.
Production Highlights: This play received a world premiere at American River College in Sacramento, California. Most recently, it was performed at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.
Story: On the same day that her boyfriend, Jessie, is released from a work camp, eighteen-year-old Alison Freeman receives a letter from her estranged mother who wants a second chance. Alison must decide whether to accept a marriage proposal from Jessie, continue living with her lonely Aunt Carla, or leave her small hometown to join her mother for a new life in New York.
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New Release! Just Before the Drop by David-Matthew Barnes

by David-Matthew Barnes

Story: ‎Moments after her husband of twenty-four years leaps to his death from a twelve story building, a woman comes face to face with a man who claims to have been her husband’s lover of five years. On the rooftop, sorrow, regret and anger culminate in a second tragedy.
Characters: 1 female, 1 male. Male character is in his 20's. Female character is in her 40's.
Genre: Drama.
Set: The rooftop of a twelve-story building in an unnamed American city.
Rating: This play contains adult language and themes.
Production Highlights: This play was adapted into an award-winning short film by director Sam Wagner. The film received a world premiere at The One in Ten Film Festival. The play received a world premiere at The Independent in New York City, as an official selection of Short Stories 8: Urban View, produced by the Native Aliens Theatre Collective.
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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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