MATTHEW BARBER is a Tony-nominated playwright currently based in Brooklyn. Originally from Los Angeles, Matthew studied film, theater, and literature at UCLA. His stage adaptation of the 1922 Elizabeth von Arnim novel Enchanted April premiered at Hartford Stage in 2000, directed by Michael Wilson, and opened on Broadway in 2003, garnering Drama League and Tony Award nominations for Best Play, and the John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Play. With more than 500 international productions to date, Enchanted April has become one of the most produced plays of the past decade. Current work includes two screenplays — a film adaptation of his play Enchanted April, and the original historical drama Independence — and the stage play Fireflies, which will open the Long Wharf Theatre 2017-18 mainstage season, directed by Gordon Edelstein. New work in development includes the stage plays The Forces and Dark Age, and a musical stage adaptation of Enchanted April (with actor/composer Bruce Dow). Matthew has been a participating playwright in Broadway’s 24 Hour Plays event to benefit Urban Playground, is the recipient of Wurlitzer Foundation and Art OMI fellowships, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.