Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Free Scenes for Actors

Please enjoy these complimentary scenes, all from plays I've written (courtesy of Blue Dasher Press). They add new scenes often, so please check back frequently. Each scene is available to download in a printable PDF.

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Better Places to Go: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their 20's; the role of Ricardo is written for a Latin actor to perform.)
Scene Summary: Rosie, an embittered waitress, confronts her co-worker, a busboy named Ricardo. This scene contains adult language and subject matter.
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Better Places to Go: Scene Two
Cast: 2 men (both characters are in their 20's; the role of Ricardo is written for a Latin actor to perform.)
Scene Summary: Tired of keeping their relationship a secret, manic Derek tries to convince Ricardo they should run away together. This scene contains adult language and subject matter.
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Frozen Stars: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Moments before she leaves to embark on a new life, high school student Patti is shocked when the guy she's had a crush on announces he wants to go with her.
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Frozen Stars: Scene Two
Cast: 2 men (both characters are in high school; the role of Javier is written for a Latin actor to perform.)
Scene Summary: High school student Manny admits his feelings for Javier, a young aspiring artist.
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Sky Lines: Scene One
Cast: 2 women (both characters are in their late 20's/early 30's; the role of Venita is written for a black actress to perform)
Scene Summary: In the year 1972, neighbors Venita and Maggie compare notes on their marriages.
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Sky Lines: Scene Two
Cast: 2 women (both characters are in their 50's; the role of Venita is written for a black actress to perform).
Scene Summary: In this scene set in 1999, Maggie reveals to her best friend that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Somebody's Baby: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their late teens)
Scene Summary: After escaping a near date-rape situation, Tabitha stumbled into a coffee shop in Chicago where she meets William, a young man who is dying of AIDS. This award-winning play for young people is set in the year 1997.
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Stay: Scene One
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their late teens)
Scene Summary: Moments after he arrives home from serving a sentence at a work camp, Jessie realizes the girlfriend he left behind has changed.
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Threnody: Scene One 
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in their 20's)
Scene Summary: Dana and Jake are a young couple who suffer from a horrible drug addiction and a volatile love affair. Threnody is an in-depth and frightening exploration of the disintegration of two people, grasping for any signs of hope or human compassion in a world where none exists. This scene contains adult language and subject matter.
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The Truants: Scene One
Cast: 2 women (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Best friends Sandi and Jana talk about what it's like to be a teenage girl. The year is 1989.
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The Truants: Scene Two
Cast: 1 woman, 1 man (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Chad's best friend Jana reveals to him that the boy he has a crush on has mutual feelings. The year is 1989.
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The Truants: Scene Three
Cast: 2 men (both characters are in high school)
Scene Summary: Ethan's best friend Marc confronts him about his sexuality. The year is 1989.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Book Signing: David-Matthew Barnes


If you're in the Denver area, David-Matthew will be joining authors Gwen Cooper, Ryan Freeman, and Gail Walkowich for an event at Tattered Cover (the Aspen Grove location) on Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. The authors will read their stories featured in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection titled Angels All Around. They will also sign books. More information is available here.