David Barr III
David Barr III
David Barr III has been working as an actor and writer in Chicago since 1986.
As a writer, his
plays include The Death of the Black Jesus, which helped him become a recipient of a 1995 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
, and was the winner of the 1994 National Playwriting Award, the 1993 Mixed Blood Versus America National Playwriting Contest and the 1997 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Original Writing
The play made its Chicago premiere at the Chicago Theatre Company
adaptation of the Walter Mosley novel A Red Death had its world premiere in 1997 at the Chicago Theatre Company and was the winner of the 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award.
other work includes Black Caesar (winner of the 1997 Theodore Ward playwriting contest); Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit (winner of the 1999 Unicorn Theatre National Playwriting Award); a series of monologues for the Chicago Historical Society
in conjunction with their Voice From History program; The State of Mississippi vs Emmett Till, co-written with the late Mamie Till Mobley; a coadaptation of The Journal of Ordinary Thought
(voted as one of the best plays of 1999 by both the Chicago Tribune
and the Chicago Sun-Times
and winner of the Festival of Emerging American Theatre National Playwriting Competition); Those Union Station, Pullman Porter Blues; a stage adaptation of the Albert French novel, Billy; and the musical docu-drama Bronzeville.
was the lead writer for the syndicated television talk show Take Two and worked for three years as a feature writer for EM (Ebony Man Magazine).
Mr. Barr is a resident playwright and board member at Chicago Dramatists, and the associate artistic director and playwright-in-residence of the Chicago Theatre Company since 1994.
was named a 2000 recipient of the Donahue-Tremaine Trust Award for excellence in playwriting and also received Illinois Arts Council Fellowships
in 1999 and 2002.
Play by Carson Grace Becker and David Barr III