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February 2019



David-Matthew's short play Taking Off is heading to Spokane, Washington as it was nationally selected for the Fast & Furious Playwright Festival at Spokane Stage Left Theater. Performances are on March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 17 at 2:00 p.m.


We are pleased to announce the publication of four new plays for children and teens by David-Matthew Barnes: The ClubhouseMy Lips Are SealedOne Stupid Moment, and Thirteen. The plays are available from Drama Notebook.

  
 
Thirteen is a scene about two thirteen-year-old girls. When Mallory and Regina find out that they haven’t been invited to Sally Anne’s slumber party they’ll have to decide how they feel about it. They’ll try indifference, relief, and all out judgment to get through the rejection! A great scene for tweens and teens about fitting in and making the best of a situation!

My Lips Are Sealed is a scene about two teen girls. Brenda is fed up with her best friend’s gossiping, and challenges her to a double dare with high stakes: no gossiping for 24 hours.  Will Jennifer keep her lips sealed or will she lose control and the bet? A great scene for teens about the compulsive habit of gossiping.

The Clubhouse is a scene about two boys and the promise they made to a friend. It’s summer and Joey and Eric are struggling with the decision to enter their shared clubhouse. They made a promise to their friend Tommy not to go inside without him but he’s gone and there is fun to be had. Do they start their summer vacation with a broken promise? An amusing scene that boys will love performing!

One Stupid Moment is a scene about two teen girls and one very embarrassing moment. Stacey is mortified when the boy she likes approaches her and she accidentally burps in front of him. Her best friend, Rachel, tries to comfort her but when she elaborates on the volume of the burp and how many people heard it, Stacey may never recover. A great scene for teens!



David-Matthew's short play Just Before the Drop will be performed at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia on March 28, 29, and 30 (four shows). This production is being directed by Jaqueline Jones and stars Kaye Weinstein Gary and Andrew Etheredge.

January 2019



We are pleased to announce the publication of The Hula Hoop Girls!

American Capitals is the first installment of this brand new series David-Matthew Barnes has created for young readers/performers. Each script in The Hula Hoop Girls series will explore different educational themes. The play is available from Drama Notebook. Expect more news about The Hula Hoop Girls (and more new titles of David-Matthew's from Drama Notebook) soon!

About the script: The Hula Hoop Girls: American Capitals is a scene about two second-graders. Jodie and Miranda would rather practice for a life in the circus than prepare for an upcoming test on US capitals. They’ll have to decide whether play is more important than studying and if repeating the second grade is really worth it! A cute scene for young girls!

December 2018



Monologues from David-Matthew's plays Fractured and A Rum Cake for Rita have been selected for inclusion in The Best Women's Monologues of 2019. The collection will be available early next year from publisher Smith and Kraus and the True Acting Institute.


David-Matthew's screenplay Boxcar was named the Best Drama Screenplay at the Los Angeles Film Awards.

November 2018


David-Matthew was a guest author on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast, where he talks about his life as a writer and his writing-themed personal essay Like an Airport, featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. It’s available now at your local bookstore or online.


David-Matthew has just signed a license agreement with the wonderful people at Drama Notebook, who will be publishing five of his plays for children and teens, including My Lips Are Sealed, One Stupid Moment, The Clubhouse, Thirteen, and the first installment of his new series for early readers, The Hula Hoop Girls. More details soon.



David-Matthew's new stage play The Truants was named a StoryLine finalist for the Vitruvian Award at the 2018 DaVinci International Film Festival. This is the first award recognition for the play.


David-Matthew's new one-act play The Snack Queens is featured in the brand new issue of Culture Cult Magazine (published in Kolkata, India). The issue can be ordered online here.


David-Matthew's new one-act play Vixen will be presented by One Night Stand Theater as part of their upcoming festival In the Works IV. This production will mark the Denver premiere of the play. Performance will be held at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado on December 14 at 7:00 p.m.


David-Matthew is teaching Scriptwriting for Film + Video at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado for the Spring semester. You do not need to have previous writing experience to take this course. Everyone is welcome.

Course: FVT 250
Dates January 22nd - May 4
Night: Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Registration


Cover reveal! Here's the cover for David-Matthew's highly anticipated young adult novel The Marijuana Mermaids, available in 2019.

October 2018


The Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh have selected David-Matthew's poem Subway Stations Atlanta to be included in their upcoming literary collection The Dreamers Anthology: Writing Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank. The book will be available in February 2019.

September 2018

David-Matthew's new one-act play Let's Not Confuse the Situation is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: Having been burned by bad relationships in the past, Janessa Martin battles over her decision to give her new boyfriend, Colby Varner, a key to her apartment. As past issues begin to surface for both, Janessa and Colby are forced to address the fact they don't fully trust each other and why. This short play features roles for one woman and one man. The script was an official selection for The Makor Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival in New York.

Information about producing Let's Not Confuse the Situation can be found here.

Where to purchase Let's Not Confuse the Situation:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

David-Matthew's new one-act play Vixen is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: After meeting in a local bar and drinking together, Justin brings Misty back to his apartment and lets her pass out on his couch. When morning comes, the two realize how much they actually need each other. This short play features roles for one woman and one man. Both characters are in their 20's.

Information about producing Vixen can be found here.

Where to purchase Vixen:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

July 2018

David-Matthew's new one-act play Deena and the Dino Mights is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: Fed up with her job as the host of a live-action children's show at Jurassic Park, Deena reaches her breaking point when her ex-boyfriend, Jeremiah, is hired to be her new co-host. Meanwhile, her co-stars, a classically trained actor and an eternal optimist, are reconsidering their career choices. This comedic short play features roles for 2 women and 2 men. This script contains adult language and subject matter.

Information about producing Deena and the Dino Mights can be found here.

Where to purchase Deena and the Dino Mights:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

David-Matthew's new one-act play What Happened to Cindy is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: Four young women come to terms with the haunting guilt they share over the tragic death of their friend Cindy, who was killed on the night of the junior prom. This dramatic play for young people features roles for four women. All characters are in high school.

Information about producing What Happened to Cindy can be found here.

Where to purchase What Happened to Cindy:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

Bruised by David-Matthew Barnes has a new cover. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Story: Anthony is a professional killer. Shane is a go-go dancer. When their worlds collide, both men are blindsided when their lust turns to love in this erotic novelette.

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Where to purchase Bruised:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

David-Matthew's new one-act play Last Dance is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: While attending their senior prom, Spencer and Camden seek a quiet moment together, away from the crowd and away from their dates. Sitting on a bench outside of the ballroom, the two young men reveal why the night has been such a miserable experience - because they really just want to dance with each other. This short play features roles for two young men. Both characters are teenagers.

Information about producing Last Dance can be found here.

Where to purchase Last Dance:

Australia 
Brazil 
Canada 
France 
Germany 
India 
Italy 
Japan 
Mexico 
Netherlands 
Spain 
UK 
USA 


David-Matthew's new one-act play The Seventh of August is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: Erica's relationship of ten years has ended without her knowing how or why. Lloyd's girlfriend has slept with all of his friends and two of his relatives. When Erica loses her parking ticket in the underground garage Lloyd is the new customer service manager of, their shattered lives and bruised hearts collide. This offbeat short play features roles for one woman and one man. Both characters are in their early 30's.

Information about producing The Seventh of August can be found here.

Where to purchase The Seventh of August:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

David-Matthew's powerful new stage play The Truants won't be available until 2019, but we have a sneak peak for you! Click here to read the first scene of the play.

About the Play: When Marc, Sandi, Ethan, Jana, and Chad decide to cut school and spend the day together hanging out and getting high in Marc’s basement, many truths are revealed that threaten to change their friendship forever.
David-Matthew's new one-act play Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: A Southern belle named Trixie Howard is intent on surviving a date from Hell in a desperate attempt to no longer be single. This comedic short play features roles for two women and one man. All characters are in their 20's.

Information about producing Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman can be found here.

Where to purchase Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

David-Matthew's new one-act play Awake is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: After meeting in a local bar and drinking together, Justin brings Misty back to his apartment and lets her pass out on his couch. When morning comes, the two realize how much they actually need each other. This short play features roles for one woman and one man. Both characters are in their 20's.

Information about producing Awake can be found here.

Where to purchase Awake:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
US

Love and Detours, a new collection of poetry from David-Matthew Barnes, will be available in 2019. Here's the cover!

David-Matthew's new short story Mary Day is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Story: A bittersweet tale of a brief moment shared between a lonely man named Curtis and a recently fired waitress named Mary Day.

Where to purchase Mary Day:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
USA

David-Matthew's powerful one-act play Fractured is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Play: In 1965, a young college student named Anthony befriends a classmate out of sympathy because she’s struggling to fit in at their school. In an attempt to deny his homosexuality, Anthony spends a night with Wendy, causing her to become frighteningly obsessed with him. After Anthony reveals to Wendy that he’s transferring to another school in the morning, Wendy reaches her breaking point. This dramatic short play features roles for one woman and one man. Both characters are in their early 20's.

Information about producing Fractured can be found here.

Where to purchase Fractured:

US
Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK

David-Matthew's new short story I Think We're Alone Now is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.

About the Story: Snowed in at the record store he works at, Elijah's night takes an interesting turn when Clifton, a stranded folk rock star, walks through the front door.

Where to purchase I Think We're Alone Now:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Spain
UK
US

April 2018



David-Matthew's poem Blue Lights in Belgium is featured in the Spring 18 Molt issue of Peach Velvet Magazine.

March 2018



David-Matthew's screenplay Baby in the Basement has been named a finalist in the category of Best Short Screenplay at the 2018 London Cinematic International Film Festival.

February 2018



David-Matthew's screenplay Baby in the Basement has been named a semi-finalist in the Short Screenplay Competition at the 2018 Omaha Film Festival.

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