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Barnes, David-Matthew (American playwright, director, writer, 1970-____), “Baby in the Basement,”

a 15-minute drama in English, set in the basement of an old, abandoned warehouse in an unnamed American city, a night in March, present,

1m1f

; • © 2003 by David-Matthew Barnes; • in David-Matthew Barnes’ Baby in the Basement (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from DNPAC Productions, Attention: Nick A. Moreno, Literary Manager, 2221 West Giddings Street, Chicago, Illinois 60625, U.S.A., telephone 773-784-0344, fax 773-784-4530, e-mail nmoreno@davidmatthewbarnes.com; contact David-Matthew Barnes at www.davidmatthewbarnes.com. • Cited by Nick A. Moreno, via February 26, 2004; Moreno says,

§ Dramatis Personae Boy (m), young, sad, desperate, hopeful; Girl (f), young, sad, desperate, hopeful.

§ Synopsis “. . . [A] young female runaway befriends a vagrant street musician who is seeking shelter in the basement of an abandoned building. What begins as a possible friendship, sadly evolves into a mutual suicide pact.

§ Comment “Gritty. • Premiered at The California Stage Company, 1723 25th Street, Sacramento, California, U.S.A., telephone 916-451-5822, March 12, 2003. DNPAC Productions presented the production. Nick A. Moreno produced it. Tara Henry and Logan Hesse originated the roles. It premiered in New York premiere at The Creative Place Theatre, 750 8th Avenue (6th Floor), just north of 46th Street, New York City, February 4, 2004. Love Creek Productions presented the play, and Melissa Springe directed. The original New York cast was Denise Centola and Kenan Wei. • Contains mild language and adult themes.

§ Themes adolescence, friendship, runaway, suburbia, suicide, suicide pact.



See also David-Matthew Barnes'

  • "Are You All Right in There?," a 23-minute teenage comedy-drama in English, set in the upstairs master bathroom of an American home, almost midnight, Friday, in spring, 1995, 1m2f
  • "Clean," a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set at a bus stop in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A., a Wednesday afternoon, 2002, 2f
  • "False Hopes," a 20-minute drama in English, set in the break room of a corporate office, 2001, 3f
  • "Hour Glass," a 20-minute drama in English, set in the formal dining room of the Caulwells' home, somewhere in Connecticut, U.S.A., Saturday evening, on the brink of spring, present, 1m1f
  • "I Ate Lunch Alone Today," a 25-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a modest one-bedroom apartment, New York City, April, 2002, 2m2f
  • "Number 76," a 10-minute teenage Latino drama in English, set on a bus stop on a city street in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., a Sunday night in the middle of October, 1999, 1m1f
  • "Stronger Than This," a 20-minute drama in English, set in a modest apartment in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., a rainy night in March, present, 2m1f
  • "Threnody," a 23-minute drama in English, set in a farm house in Central California, summer, 1989, 1m1f
  • "Unrequited," a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a high school supply room, during a high school dance, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Wendy's Hurricane," a 15-minute drama in English, set in a studio apartment near a university in the city of Chicago, middle of January, present, 1m1f

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