Daniel Prillaman

Daniel Prillaman

"l try to make everyone's day a little more surreal." -Bill Watterson

Daniel (he/him/his) is an actor, writer, and ginger Virginian based out of Washington, DC. While he adores all theatre, he has a special fondness for absurdism, folklore, and horror. You'll find a lot of that below. But some other things too. Ultimately, he loves creating plays about honest people (or...
"l try to make everyone's day a little more surreal." -Bill Watterson

Daniel (he/him/his) is an actor, writer, and ginger Virginian based out of Washington, DC. While he adores all theatre, he has a special fondness for absurdism, folklore, and horror. You'll find a lot of that below. But some other things too. Ultimately, he loves creating plays about honest people (or talking animals) in situations he hasn't seen before.

When not gleefully slaving away his "soul" to artistic endeavors and projects, he legitimately enjoys long walks on the beach, a video game with a glass of wine, and biscuits.

His one-act play for young audiences, A PIRATE CAROL, was a winner of Moonlit Wings Productions' 2017 Playwriting Contest, and has been produced in camp workshops and schools across the United States.

Daniel is an alumnus of the University of Virginia and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • The Ashen Crown
    FULL-LENGTH: At the ashen remains of a war-torn city, two queens meet with a rebel terrorist to negotiate terms of a peace treaty. However, their talks are soon interrupted by the appearance of a disquieting stranger, whose words set the women down a dark and frightening path of madness. Part Horror Fantasy, part war song, "The Ashen Crown" is a tale of violence, why we cause it, and what it causes for us.
  • Bereavement Leave
    FULL-LENGTH: When their supervisor commits suicide, Two, Three, and Four struggle to keep their composure while navigating promotions, new hires, and the unique, emotionally arduous nature of their office job, killing the roughly 150000 people who die each day.

    CW: Suicide, sexual misconduct
  • In the Slush
    FULL-LENGTH [Seeking Development]: While reading through her publishing house's slush pile, a pregnant and newlywed editorial assistant encounters a mysterious manuscript that claims she isn't human. That her baby is the Second Coming of an ancient darkness that wishes to devour the world. She is its vessel. It has to be some sort of joke. ...But what if it's not?

    A Cosmic Horror...
    FULL-LENGTH [Seeking Development]: While reading through her publishing house's slush pile, a pregnant and newlywed editorial assistant encounters a mysterious manuscript that claims she isn't human. That her baby is the Second Coming of an ancient darkness that wishes to devour the world. She is its vessel. It has to be some sort of joke. ...But what if it's not?

    A Cosmic Horror about ambition, dreams, and the things we'll do to realize them.
  • A Pirate Carol
    ONE-ACT: In a swashbuckling homage to the classic Dickens tale, the nicest pirate in the world must be taught the error of her friendly ways by the ghost of her former, mean-spirited first mate. (Appro-"pirate" for all ages).
  • Death Wears a Costume
    ONE-ACT: When a group of junior high students find a dead body at their Literary Detective Club’s Halloween party, they must solve the mystery of how it got there, and if one of their own was responsible.
  • Focus: A Zoom Play
    ONE-ACT: Two eccentric Petras employees lead a focus group over Zoom to test out the company’s new product. It does not go to plan.

    Or does it?
  • Vignettes for an Idol Beachfront
    ONE-ACT: Atalanta (not that one) and Antigone (that one) must determine what should be done when laundry day is interrupted by the appearance of a dead lady, especially after she comes back to life.
  • The Apothecary
    TEN MINUTE: In a village too small for a name, an apothecary has made a name for herself, selling poison to those with strange tastes and desires. Today, two villagers want her gone. And they will not take no for an answer.
  • Assassinating Zeus
    TEN MINUTE: Two patients discuss a...unique problem with their therapist.
  • Barbarian
    TEN MINUTE: In 798 A.D., a young boy encounters a fearsome Viking invader, fangs and all.
  • Black, White, & Red All Over
    TEN MINUTE: April, 2020. A penguin and a panda meet each other (and the other’s respective species) for the first time.
  • Field Trip (A Terrence & Ling-Ling Adventure)
    TEN MINUTE: June, 2020. On an excursion to the museum, Terrence encounters a familiar face.
  • The Furniture Store
    TEN MINUTE: Please come in. We are open.
  • The Get-Together
    TEN MINUTE: Lora and Cassidy are at the party. They do not want to be at the party. Everyone else wants them to be at the party.
  • How to Talk to Your Child About BDSM
    TEN MINUTE: If someone interrupts your bondage session, it's always hard to explain yourself to them. It's even harder when the person is your ten-year-old son. A comedy about honesty, sex, and the surprising number of ways to have them.
  • How to Talk to Your Child About Satan
    TEN MINUTE: If someone interrupts your Satanic ritual, it's always hard to explain yourself to them. It's even harder when the person is your six-year-old daughter. A comedy about being yourself and the surprising number of ways to hail Satan.
  • The Remarkably Unremarkable Crucifixion of Emma Reynolds
    TEN MINUTE/MONOLOGUE: Emma tells us, the audience, about a school assembly that took an unexpected turn.
  • A Short Visual Aid of Life in America During the Year of Our Lord, 2020
    TWO MINUTE: Two outs. Bases loaded. Everything is on Gonzalez' shoulders as he steps up to the plate.
  • The RAKEoning
    TWO MINUTE: The Solis' rake is missing. What happened? Ashleigh took it. Why? That question has a more interesting answer.
  • Ashleigh Says Out Loud the Thing She Meant to Say in Her Head
    ONE MINUTE: Ashleigh and Diana are prepping for a fire pit get-together in the backyard. Then Ashleigh says out loud the thing she meant to say in her head.
  • Gratitude 4
    ONE MINUTE: A crash survivor struggles in a vast desert.
  • A Reputation (A Short Monologue About Matthew Weaver, Whom I Have Never Met and Hopefully Takes No Issue With the Existence of the Following Existential Musings)
    MONOLOGUE: A human who has never met Matthew Weaver talks about Matthew Weaver.