Donald Baker

Playwright
he/him/his

 

Born in Indiana, Donald E. Baker began writing plays after retiring with his husband to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His plays that fall into three categories: plays about historical events that provide context for today’s social and political issues; plays about racism and homophobia; and plays illustrating aspects of the life and experience of older gay men.

He has long been fascinated by the story of Ku Klux Klan dominance of Indiana in the 1920’s and two of his full-length 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 was been published by Next Stage Press (https://nextstagepress.net/trade-with-klan-a-play-about-choices/) in 2021.

 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. The stage play was published by Next Stage Press (https://www.nextstagepress.com/grand-dragon-in-power/) in 2022.

He has also written a number of short plays and monologues. They have enjoyed productions in Washington state, Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Some of them were published in 2023 by Next Stage Press in an anthology, Baker's Dozen: 13 Gay Plays and Monologues (https://www.nextstagepress.com/bakers-dozen/).

Baker’s plays may be found online at the Playwrights’ Center, at New Play Exchange at https://newplayexchange.org/users/13449/donald-e-baker, and on his website https://www.playsbydonaldebaker.com.

Highlights

2023

Publication: Baker's Dozen: 13 Gay Plays and Monologues, Next  Stage Press, 2023

Online and Print Publication: The First Time and Intestate: A COVID-19 Monologue, in some scripts' anthology Monologues by LGBTQIA+ Writers for LGBTQIA+ Actors, 2023

2022

Publication: Grand Dragon in Power, Next Stage Press, 2022

Production: Intestate: A COVID-19 Monologue, Magnolia Arts Center, Greenville, North Carolina, 2022, "Audience Favorite."

Online Production: The Boys Across the Street, Stage Left Theater, Spokane, Washington, 2022

Production: I Invited Your Mother for Thanksgiving, Chapin Theatre Company, Chapin, South Carolina, 2022

Online and Print Publication: What Happened This Time, in Fresh Words: An International Literary Magazine: Contemporary One-Minute Plays Volume III, 2022

2021

Publication: Trade With Klan: A Play About Choices, Next Stage Press, 2021

Online Production: Intestate: A COVID-19 Monologue, Talking Horse Productions, Columbia, Missouri, 2021

Online Publication: Intestate: A COVID-19 Monologue, some scripts literary magazine, Issue 4: “Outbreak,” 2021

Online Production: Ice Box Cake and the Man from Lima, Stage Left Theater, Spokane, Washington, 2021

2020

Production: Trade With Klan: A Play About Choices, Southwest Theatre Productions, Austin, Texas, 2020

2018

Production: Radio adaptation of Grand Dragon in Power, Radio Theatre Project, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2018