This touching and humorous play explores the
lives of four Southern women. Trudy has been a single mother since her
husband went to work one day and never came home. Since then, she has tried
to find a cure for her loneliness while working as a cocktail waitress at
The Tide Pool. Charlotte is married and has two daughters of her own.
Recently, Charlotte suspects that her husband has been unfaithful and that
their marriage is falling apart. Marie, a recent high school graduate, has
had a difficult time deciding on the right career for herself and ponders
over going to secretary school, competing for the title of Miss Florida or
becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba. Always armed with the best gossip in
town, Trudy’s best friend Berniece decides to end her affair with a younger
man when a life-altering tragedy hits home. Pensacola is a powerful and
heart-warming celebration of family, love and strength.
TRUDY BAKER: Mid 40s. A single mother, cocktail
waitress and true survivor. She appears to be a simple woman, and is
unaware of her natural beauty; her sex appeal.
CHARLOTTE NORWOOD: 26. Trudy’s eldest daughter, who visits regularly. A
young mother and a wife, she has honey-colored hair which she wears in a
ponytail. Charlotte harbors feelings of self-blame. Lacks self-esteem.
MARIE BAKER: 18. Trudy’s youngest daughter. Still
lives with her mother. A young woman in search of her destiny. A
dreamer. A romantic. Irresistible. She radiates with youthful energy,
eternal optimism. She is the epitome of an all-American girl, the
personification of a ray of sunshine.
BERNIECE COLE: Early 40s. She is colorful and loud,
flamboyant and starved for attention. Has an affinity for younger men.
She wears a huge wig. She has a thick Southern accent. A gossip, but a
STEVEN NORWOOD: 27. A young husband and a young
father. He is a dark-haired man with a baby face, a sense of permanent
lust in his eyes; a young Elvis Presley. Feels like a failure. Sexy.
MIGUEL CASTILLO: 22. He is very extremely handsome,
romantic, sensual, poetic and Cuban.
RRCC Presents David-Matthew Barnes' PENSACOLA June 16-18, 2016 at
Red Rocks Community College Theater in Denver
David-Matthew Barnes also writes romance/suspense
novels and most screenplays under Dylan Madrid.
Barnes was a guest on the show "Insight" on Capital Public
Radio (NPR) on 3/22/10 to discuss "Pensacola" and his young adult novel
to the interview! (3/22/10)
Playwright David-Matthew Barnes returns to Sacramento with
'Pensacola' by Marcus Crowder, Sacramento Bee (3/12/10)
Unseen (ASU): Pensacola Staged Reading, Charlotte, NC (5/22/04)
Watch a wonderful young actress perform a
monologue from this play!
Also available from this Playwright
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"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
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
"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
"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
The Sacramento News & Review
"If you enjoy community theater as much as I do then you must see
Pensacola...very artistic...I was swept away and enthralled in their
lives... Truly an amazing play..." -
The cast of Red Rocks Community College’s production
of Pensacola, June'16.
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