Plays by Donald E. Baker

Thank you for visiting. I write naturalistic plays on three general topics: historical plays that provide context for today's social and political issues; plays about racial prejudice and homophobia; and plays about the life and experience of older gay men. My work has been performed all over the country. If you want more information about me, click here.

Perusal copies of these scripts are available for the asking unless they are published. For licensing and royalty information for Trade With Klan and Grand Dragon in Power contact Next Stage Press. For all other titles contact the playwright directly, or members of New Play Exchange can download them from there.

Copyright Notice: By receiving scripts or samples from any source, you thereby acknowledge that Donald E. Baker is the sole copyright owner for these plays. None of them may be produced or reproduced in whole or in part unless permission is granted by the playwright or his designated agents.

Full-Length and One-Act Plays

Illustration by Craig Houk

Published by Next Stage Press, 2021. For copies or to inquire about licensing Trade With Klan, click below:

FULL LENGTH. Resist or collaborate? Risk everything or lie low? Go along or get out? A young preacher and a motherly café owner face life-altering choices in the face of extremism abetted by militant religious fundamentalism. The world of the play is all-white rural Indiana in the 1920’s, when the Ku Klux Klan pitted Protestants against Catholics, but the religious prejudice and xenophobia of a century ago still echo in contemporary American society.

3M, 4W ages 20's-60's, plus pre-recorded voice of a male radio announcer.


Produced by Southwest Theatre Productions, Austin TX, Jan.-Feb. 2020.

Trade With Klan is worthy of large audiences and should be seen all over this country.

--Broadway World Austin

Trade With Klan sits in your soul the way the best of art does.

--Austin Chronicle


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Illustration by Craig Houk

Published by Next Stage Press, 2022. For copies or to inquire about licensing Grand Dragon in Power, click below:

FULL LENGTH. When the Grand Dragon takes charge, nothing is sacred and no woman is safe. D.C. Stephenson, Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, rules Indiana until he is convicted of murder and rape. This play, set in the 1920's and inspired by a true story, contains startling parallels to the society and politics of contemporary America.

4M, 3W ages 20's-50's, doubling.


Staged reading by Panglossian Productions, Williamsburg VA, Nov. 2020.

Radio adaptation produced by Radio Theatre Project, St. Petersburg FL, March 2018.

(Available on SoundCloud.)


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Illustration by Craig Houk

FULL LENGTH (60 minutes). Eddie and Danny are small-town blue-collar guys who in high school engaged in a little sexual exploration together before they started dating girls. In Act I (1975), Eddie fearfully questions his sexuality after an encounter in a public restroom. When he turns to his best friend Danny for help, the toxic nature of their lifelong relationship is revealed. In Act II (1985), both men discover they may have been infected with HIV/AIDS. Are they capable of confronting that devastating new reality together?

Act I can stand alone as a one-act play.

2M age 25 in Act I, age 35 in Act II.

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Illustration by Craig Houk

45-60 MINUTE TWO-HANDER. A man who has spent his life in fear and self-loathing confronts his abuser 26 years later.

Everyday Monsters can be combined with Act I of Best Friends (above) to make an evening of two one-act plays that share the subject of men's fear of being gay.

2M (1 Black male age 40, 1 White male age 66).

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Short Plays

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Coming Out to Uncle Jake

1-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 1M, 1W. Robert tells his mother he has finally had enough of Uncle Jake's Thanksgiving rants about "people like him."


For a Man Your Age

10-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 2M. With their elevator not working, older gay couple Michael and Will find themselves trapped in their high-rise condo, discussing aging, flirtatious baristas, and The National Geographic.

I Invited Your Mother for Thanksgiving

10-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 2M. One half of a gay couple is not pleased to find out his mother is coming for Thanksgiving.

To be produced by Chapin Theatre Company, Chapin SC, in Nov. 2022 as part of their Second Annual 10-Minute-ish Play Festival.

Life Support

10-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 1M, 1W. Ben, who never appears in the play, is in the hospital on life support following an accident. His lover of five years, James, and Ben's homophobic sister, Sandra, meet for the first time to discuss what happens next.

What Happened This Time?

2-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 2 actors, any gender expression. The “Klutz of All Klutzes” explains to their spouse why an attempt to take a box to the trash means a trip to the ER and the pet cemetery.

Monologues

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Ice Box Cake and the Man from Lima

10-MINUTE MONOLOGUE. In the 1950's, while preparing to host her ladies’ bunco club, a White woman of a certain age is shocked to see a person of color walking down her street. The play uses humor to illustrate the casual racism of the time and to demonstrate that fear of young Black men is nothing new in American society.

1W, White, senior

Produced on Facebook and Vimeo by Stage Left Theater, Spokane WA, October, 2021.

Illustration by Jeremy Whittington

The Boys Across the Street

4-MINUTE MONOLOGUE. An older white woman discovers an interracial same-sex couple is moving in across the street.

1W, White, senior

Produced on Facebook by Stage Left Theater of Spokane, March, 2022.

Dad and Uncle Mark

(Who Was Not Really My Uncle)

10-MINUTE MONOLOGUE. An older man remembers what he saw spying through a knothole when he was thirteen.

1M, Senior

Intestate: A COVID-19 Monologue

7-8-MINUTE MONOLOGUE. Fifty-year old Richard is angry that he has lost his partner David and everything else to the pandemic. And afraid he may have given David the virus that killed him.

1M, Age 50

Produced by Talking Horse Productions of Columbia MO, May 2021, and by Magnolia Arts Center, Greenville NC, Feb. 2022.

Published by some scripts literary magazine, 2021.

A Lynch Mob Foiled

5-6-MINUTE MONOLOGUE. A mob attempted to lynch a Negro prisoner in 1880 when Julius August “Gus” Lemcke (pronounced “LEM-key”) was sheriff of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. This monologue is adapted from Lemcke’s own account of this episode in his 1905 published memoir.

1M, Age 50 or older


My Summer of Cypress Gardens

9-10 MINUTE MONOLOGUE. 1M. James, a man in his seventies, recalls the childhood trip to Florida when the “saw” Black people for the first time.

1M, Age 70+