Born in Indiana, Donald E. Baker began writing plays after retiring with his husband to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After retiring with his husband to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he began writing plays about historical events to provide context for today’s American experience.
He has long been fascinated by the story of Ku Klux Klan dominance of Indiana in the 1920’s and two of his plays on that subject have been produced. Trade With Klan: A Play About Choices, on the life-altering decisions forced on ordinary people by the Klan, received a full production by Southwest Theater Productions in Austin, Texas, in January-February, 2020 and has been published by Next Stage Press (https://nextstagepress.net/trade-with-klan-a-play-about-choices/).
A radio adaptation of his play Grand Dragon in Power, about the downfall of the Klansman who ruled Indiana, was performed by Radio Theatre Project in St. Petersburg, Florida, in March, 2018, and is available on Soundcloud; the play itself received a staged reading by Panglossian Productions of Williamsburg, Virginia, in November, 2020, and is available on their Facebook page.
These and others of Baker’s plays may be found online at the Playwrights’ Center or at New Play Exchange at https://newplayexchange.org/users/13449/donald-e-baker.
Publication: Trade With Klan: A Play About Choices, Next Stage Press, April , 2021
Production: Trade With Klan: A Play About Choices, Southwest Theatre Productions, Austin, Texas, January-February, 2020.
Production: Radio adaptation of Grand Dragon in Power, Radio Theatre Project, St. Petersburg, Florida, March, 2018.