MATTHEW BARBER (Playwright) was born in Los Angeles, California, and studied literature and drama at UCLA. His first stage play, Enchanted April, premiered at Hartford Stage in 2000, followed by a Broadway production in 2003, earning the John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Play and Drama League and Tony Award nominations for Best Play. Subsequently published in both the U.S. and UK, Enchanted April continues to enjoy award-winning productions throughout the world. Matthew currently lives in New York City. His original screenplay, Independence, and a new stage play, Eleanor & Abel, are in development.