Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas-Themed Short Play: A Rum Cake for Rita

Looking for a dramatic short play with a powerful message? A Rum Cake for Rita by David-Matthew Barnes is a festival favorite and a proven crowd-pleaser. This award-winning script features roles for two women and explores a timely and relevant topic. Set on a Christmas Eve in the 1960's in the shadow of the Vietnam War, the play delves deep into grief and sorrow by examining racial tensions within a broken family.

A RUM CAKE FOR RITA - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
Digital Download - Printable PDF (pay-what-you-want)
Production Rights (permission to produce/perform this play)

Monday, December 2, 2019

New Release! Pensacola by David-Matthew Barnes

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the critically acclaimed stage play Pensacola, written by David-Matthew Barnes. This crowd-pleasing script has been produced on stages around the world including a recent performance at the 2018 UAE Theatre Fest in Dubai.

PENSACOLA - WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS SCRIPT
Digital Download - Printable PDF (pay-what-you-want)
Production Rights (permission to produce/perform this play)

Watch a monologue performance from the play.

"Pensacola depicts the lives of an eclectic collection of Southerners in the tradition of Tennessee Williams... humorous and witty dialogue...the authentic portrayal of human nature...the poignant depiction of people reacting to crushed dreams..."  
The California Aggie

"Pensacola, both touching and humorous, explores the lives of four eclectic Southern women as they discover their personal strengths and destinies...think Steel Magnolias by way of Tennessee Williams, with a detour through the mind of Elmore Leonard..."  
Charlotte Theatre Magazine

"Local yokels who haven't stepped foot out of P'cola may not have heard the buzz surrounding this eclectic collection of Southerners in the tradition of Tennessee Williams. Or, that the play, written by up-and-coming phenom David-Matthew Barnes, is set in our sleepy 'lil community. Performed in theatres across the country, Pensacola chronicles the lives of four Steel Magnolia-type women and has become one of the prolific writer's signature pieces."  
Sam Baltrusis, Independent News

"It is to the playwright's credit that Pensacola doesn't become melodramatic...recent events add poignancy to its message about the randomness of violence and the fragility of love..."  
The Sacramento Bee

"The reaction of some of the women to an immigrant as a love interest gives Pensacola a social slant that the all-white small-town characters of Steel Magnolias lacked...Barnes has engineered some amusing dialogue..." 
The Sacramento News & Review 

"At turns comedic and dramatic (but always impressive), the Southern-flavored dialogue of Pensacola brought readily to mind the works of Tennessee Williams...warm-hearted and heart-warming..."
The Night Cap

"Pensacola is the Steel Magnolias of the 21st Century. Robert Harling and David-Matthew Barnes have created idyllic lives for all classes of Southern women."  
Dianne Parker