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Willa Cather Would Not Approve

After her husband ends their marriage of twenty years, forty-year-old Alexandra Swanson is forced to return to her hometown of Zenobia, Nebraska, a place where no one seems to remember who she is. Desperate for a job, she lies her way into becoming the stage manager of a terrible stage production of a Willa Cather novel, a challenging experience that creates change.

  • David Matthew Barnes
    Writer
    Frozen Stars, Boxcar, Baby in the Basement, Threnody, Bracelets
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Number of Pages:
    90
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography - David Matthew Barnes

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than seventy stage plays that have been performed in three languages in twelve countries. Five of his stage plays have received off-off Broadway productions. To date, he has written six produced screenplays, including the coming-of-age indie drama Frozen Stars and the award-winning Dutch film Wagon. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best 10-Minute Plays, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. With his screenplays, David-Matthew has placed in many screenwriting contests including Final Draft's Big Break, the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) Fast Track Fellowship, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, the ScreenCraft Feature Competition, the Scriptation Showcase, and the WeScreenplay Shorts Contest. He is the winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for playwriting, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and two Elly Awards for playwriting from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. He was named a finalist for the Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was nationally selected to serve as the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Writer Statement

My constant objective as a screenwriter is to tell the best story I can, specifically a story that can only be told on the screen. I am fascinated with telling stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances. With every script I write, my goal is to create as much tension and authentic emotion on the page as possible to provide every audience member with a transformative experience.