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Cary Barney

CARY BARNEY  (1957 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Cary Barney is a playwright, screenwriter and teacher who left New York in 1991 and has since been living in Madrid, Spain. He is a graduate of Marlboro College and the Yale School of Drama and currently teaches writing and Drama at Saint Louis Universitya¬"s Madrid campus. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and London.

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below is a list of Cary Barney's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

All Or Nothing         Bleach         Buttercup         Cancun         Children Of Argos         Disclaimer         Dudley And Waldo         Hey Bosnia         Idyll         Lysistrata Now         Molly On the Stump         Olympic Dinner, The         Sandy Takes the Stand         Son Of Elvis         Undermined         Wannsee Wedding, The



All Or Nothing

Synopsis:
a television game show is hijacked by four of its former champions, who testify to the misery winning brought to their lives and try to take revenge on the smarmy host. a black comedy about greed and disillusion

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1994

Organisations:
V. O. Inglesa

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Bleach

Synopsis:
a veteran director tries to coach a gifted but problematical actress through the taping of a bleach commercial.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1994

Organisations:
V. O. Inglesa

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Buttercup

Synopsis:
a preschool teacher is accused of sexually molesting her charges in a case ignited by a mysterious utterance of a child and fanned into flame by overzealous investigators and sensationalist media, destroying lives, marriages and innocence. a near documentary, with much black comedy.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York    1992

Organisations:
Pulse ensemble

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  flexible

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Cancun

Synopsis:
a couple in trouble visits their marriage counselor, who turns out to be at least part of the problem. a short farce about keeping your story straight.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1994

Organisations:
V. O. Inglesa

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Children Of Argos

Synopsis:
a modern retelling of the House of atreus story, focusing on Orestes and electra and exploring how children grow up in an environment of violence and depravity and whether of not they can escape becoming that way themselves. the play mixes tragedy and black comedy, pseudo-classical verse and Simpsons wisecracks, ancient and modern Greece (and astoria, Queens).

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    2002

Organisations:
Madrid Players

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  flexible

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Disclaimer

Synopsis:
Written in response to the cancellation of My Name is Rachel Corrie at the New York theatre Workshop, this brief metatheatrical piece is an attack on self-censorship.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
London    2006

Organisations:
Practicum

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  2 (gender neutral; 1 silent)

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Dudley And Waldo

Synopsis:
Dudley, a nursing home resident in his nineties, thinks he recognizes another patient as Waldo Dickman, the gangster he thought he'd shot and killed many years before. Is his memory playing tricks on him, or is Waldo?

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Genre:
One act

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Hey Bosnia

Synopsis:
a slightly over the hill rock star and his slightly over the hill model wife try to rejuvenate their marriage and careers by accompanying a humanitarian relief convoy during the Bosnian war. the nun in charge, and her mercenary sidekick, have a secret which turns the mission into a fight for survival. an adventure story melded to a dark satire of celebrity do-goodism.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1995

Organisations:
V.O. Inglesa

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  flexible

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Idyll

Synopsis:
Three strangers meet in the park on a beautiful afternoon. al paints a landscape, Sue reads poetry, and Bob flies a kite. This peaceful scene is repeatedly broken by contentious cell phone conversations in which they are not strangers at all, but business associates vying for the top spot. a light, surreal comedy which leaves its paradox unresolved.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1996

Organisations:
eTSIT

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Lysistrata Now

Synopsis:
a scene-for-scene adaptation of aristophanes' comedy, with new jokes and topical references, set against a contemporary east/west conflict.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    2005

Organisations:
Saint Louis University

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Full length adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  flexible

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Molly On the Stump

Synopsis:
the Daughter of the Next President of the United States introduces her father at a rally but departs from the teleprompter script, injecting a possibly lethal dose of candor into politics.

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Genre:
monologue Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Olympic Dinner, The

Synopsis:
Two female runners on the US Olympic Team address a banquet, but their forces smiles slip and their deadly rivalry breaks the surface. a black comic look at sports.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1994

Organisations:
V. O. Inglesa

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Sandy Takes the Stand

Synopsis:
a poised, patrician woman who has just been convicted of murdering her husband thanks the jury for their verdict and holds forth on the extremes of love, devotion and possession.

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
monologue Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Son Of Elvis

Synopsis:
the so-called Son of elvis sings and plays guitar, both badly, and interrupts his performance to muse on his purported father and on our obsession with elvis.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Madrid    1994

Organisations:
V. O. Inglesa

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
monologue Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Undermined

Synopsis:
a sequel to Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, picking up Barbara and adolphus thirty years later during the Spanish Civil War, and then following them into the afterlife for a showdown with the Christian Right. a questioning of Shaw's faith in human evolution in the light of the intervening century.

Notes:
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Organisations:
-

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Wannsee Wedding, The

Synopsis:
German writer Heinrich von Kleist arranges a romantic double suicide with a dying married woman, leaving her husband to puzzle out what's going on and why. Wistful rather than heavy, the play is largely comic.

Notes:
Originally produced under the title Suicidal Romance.

1st Produced:
New Haven    1986

Organisations:
Yale Cabaret

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  flexible

Further Reference:
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