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Barnes, David-Matthew (American playwright, director, writer, 1970-____), “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 inthe middle of October, 2000,
© 2000 by David-Matthew Barnes;
• in David-Matthew Barnes’ Number 76 (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000);
• script/rights available from Lulu Enterprises, 3131 RDU Center Drive, Suite 210, Morrisville, North Carolina 27560, U.S.A., http;//www.lulu.com/dmbarnes; rights available through 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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
• contact David-Matthew Barnes at http;//www.davidmatthewbarnes.com.
• Cited by David-Matthew Barnes, phone (home) 773-394-0420, (work) 773-377-500, extension 4227, February 24, 1996, and November 14, 1999, telephone (773) 687-1365; Barnes says,
Mario (m), 15, Latino; Ana (f), 15, Latina.
“In a primarily Latin neighborhood, the corner of Diversey and Sacramento Streets on the west side of Chicago, a gas station and convenience mart nearby, on a Sunday night in the middle of October, the temperature has just recently dropped down to the low forties. A young Latino high school couple emotionally confront his ties to an urban street life and her impending thoughts of suicide.
• “The young couple’s desperation reveals two people who have let reality go and sunk into a grave of sorrow and pain. Mario struggles with his street-smart persona versus the compassion that Ana evokes in him. Mario is very protective of Ana and feels a deep emotional obligation to her. Mario’s hair is closely shaven and he has a short goatee. His alluring and gentle eyes accent his boyish features. He wears a high school letterman’s jacket, a dark pair of baggy jeans, a thermal shirt and a pair of new sneakers. Ana struggles with an unshakable depression, which has brought her to the brink of suicide. Mario’s love is the only thing that truly keeps her alive. Ana’s ethnicity is nondescript—it is difficult to distinguish if she is Latina or white. Ana wears a pair of white jeans, a black wind breaker that she has permanently borrowed from her older brother, a pair of platform sneakers and a blouse that was a birthday present from Mario. ‘Number 76’ received a world premiere in Chicago. Future productions have been scheduled in New York and Miami. From the writer and director of the Latina-themed film Frozen Stars.”
• David-Matthew Barnes is the author of ten one-act plays and eight full-length plays. His plays and monologues have received over two hundred performances in community theatres, high schools, colleges, theatre festivals, and competitions across the United States and internationally in South Africa, Brazil, Taiwan, Italy, England, and Western Australia. Since its world premiere in 1995, Are You All Right In There? has been produced over forty times and performed in three languages. His stage play Unrequited was recently nominated for the prestigious Samuel French Festival 2003 by producing company Love Creek Productions. That same company selected four of Mr. Barnes' one-act plays, False Hopes, I Ate Lunch Alone Today, Number 76 and Unrequited for Equity showcase productions, with all four plays receiving New York premieres at The John Houseman Studio Theatre and The Creative Place Theatre. Mr. Barnes is also the recipient of the Elly Award for Best Original Script for his AIDS-related teen drama Somebody's Baby. Excerpts from Mr. Barnes' stage plays have been featured in The Best Stage Scenes of 1999, The Best Stage Scenes of 2000, The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 1999, The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2000, The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1999, The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2000, The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2002, and The Comfusion Review. His short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction have appeared in over fifty literary journals and anthologies. In 2001, Mr. Barnes received an Honorable Mention in the national Writer's Digest Writing Competition for his personal essay, Just Before the Drop, which explores domestic violence in gay relationships. His bittersweet And I Loved a Soldier is featured in Rite of Passage: Backpacking 'Round Europe, published by Lonely Planet. His tell-all poetry collection, Sins of The Flesh, is published by Word Riot Press."—Nick A. Moreno.
• “David-Matthew Barnes (And the Winner Is... | Are You All Right in There?) is the author of the popular women's novel Ambrosia; an anthology for multicultural actors titled Monologues That Kick Ass; the poetry collections Forgive Me, I'm Young, and Sins of the Flesh; and over forty stage plays including the audience and critic favorites And The Winner Is..., Are You All Right In There?, Bracelets and Boyfriends, Johnny Ramirez Really Wants To Kiss Me, Pensacola, Praying To The Porcelain Gods At Paradise Cove, Sloe Gin Fizz and Threnody. In addition, Barnes is the writer and director of the coming-of-age film Frozen Stars. However, he is becoming primarily known for his innovative horror films. His suspenseful screenplays include: The Beautiful Lie, The Children of Sin, Death Do Us Part, Prey, Scare Me, Kill Me, and Under The Cellar Door. Barnes's short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in over seventy magazines, literary journals and anthologies. Barnes's acclaimed stage plays have been performed in twenty-two American states and internationally in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, New Zealand, South Africa and Taiwan. Excerpts of his stage plays have been featured in over a dozen collections from publishers Smith & Kraus including The Best Stage Scenes of 1999, The Best Stage Scenes of 2000, The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2000, The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2002, The Ultimate Audition Book and Audition Arsenal. For his work, Barnes has received awards from Writers Digest Magazine, the Florida State Writing Competition and the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. Recently, he was a guest author at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. His work is available in print from Playscripts, Inc., Brooklyn Publishers, Word Riot Press, Kerlak Publishing, Smith and Kraus and Diva D Publishing. Barnes graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in English from Oglethorpe University. There, he was the founding editor of the University College Newsletter and worked under the mentorship of Annie Hunt Burriss. Barnes is currently studying for a Master of Fine Arts in the low-residency creative writing program at Queens University of Charlotte. He is a member of Alpha Chi and the Dramatists Guild of America. Originally a California native, Barnes now lives in Atlanta with his partner of seven years: award-winning producer Nick Moreno. He is currently working on two new novels: a volatile Southern saga titled Coming Up For Air and a tender exploration of a mother and daughter relationship titled A Woman's Place.”—Playscripts, Inc. - David-Matthew Barnes, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=143, accessed October 26, 2006.
adulthood, Hispanic, Latino, peer pressure, pregnancy, street life, suicide, teen, urban.
Other Plays by David-Matthew Barnes