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 David Barr III

David Barr III, playwright, theater actor, and writer has been very visible around Chicago since 1986. As an actor, Mr. Barr has received accolades which include a Joseph Jefferson Citation and Award, the Best Actor Award from the Association of Theatre Artists & Friends, and Best Actor nominations from the Black Theatre Alliance Awards. Mr. Barr won numerous awards for his play The Death of Black Jesus (1996) including the 1997 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Original Writing. His adaptation of Walter Mosley's novel A Red Death was the winner of the 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award. He is also proud to have been the Associate Artistic Director/ Playwright in Residence at the Chicago Theatre Company.

David Barr's full-length play, State of Mississippi vs Emmett Till, was developed with Mrs. Mamie Till Mobley and is based on the life and tragic death of her son Emmett Till and debuted at Pegasus Players in early September 1999. In November, 2000, Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, made its Chicago premiere at Pegasus Players in November 2000. Earlier in 2000, Mr. Barr was named a co-recipient of the David Ofner Prize. This award was given in the form of a playwriting commission to co-write the exciting new play, Music Of The Spheres with Carson Grace Becker for the Goodman Theater, where it premiered in February, 2003.

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