Donald E. Baker

Donald E. Baker

Donald E. Baker's work falls into two categories: plays about historical events that provide context for today’s social and political issues; and plays illustrating aspects of the life and experience of older gay men. He strives to make them as easy to produce as possible, with no elaborate sets. Born and raised in Indiana, he now lives with his husband in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Donald E. Baker's work falls into two categories: plays about historical events that provide context for today’s social and political issues; and plays illustrating aspects of the life and experience of older gay men. He strives to make them as easy to produce as possible, with no elaborate sets. Born and raised in Indiana, he now lives with his husband in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

By downloading any of the plays below, you hereby acknowledge that Donald E. Baker is the sole copyright owner of these plays. None of these plays may be produced or reproduced in whole or in part unless permission is granted by Donald E. Baker or his designated agents.

Copies of the full scripts and licensing information for "Trade With Klan" and "Grand Dragon in Power" are available from the publisher, Next Stage Press: https://nextstagepress.com/.

Plays

  • Trade With Klan: A Play about Choices
    (Alt. title: "Back Home Again") FULL LENGTH. What do you do when people you love choose hate? A play about the life-altering choices people must make in the face of extremism abetted by Evangelicalism. The world of the play is the 1920’s, but the religious prejudice and xenophobia of a century ago still echo in contemporary American society. Premiered in Austin TX by Southwest Theater Productions, Jan...
    (Alt. title: "Back Home Again") FULL LENGTH. What do you do when people you love choose hate? A play about the life-altering choices people must make in the face of extremism abetted by Evangelicalism. The world of the play is the 1920’s, but the religious prejudice and xenophobia of a century ago still echo in contemporary American society. Premiered in Austin TX by Southwest Theater Productions, Jan.-Feb., 2020. Copies of the full script and licensing information are available from the publisher, Next Stage Press: https://nextstagepress.com/trade-with-klan-a-play-about-choices/

  • Grand Dragon in Power
    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. Copies of the full script and licensing information are available from...
    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. Copies of the full script and licensing information are available from the publisher, Next Stage Press: https://www.nextstagepress.com/grand-dragon-in-power/

  • Best Friends (Full Length)
    FULL LENGTH (60 minutes). Eddie and Danny are blue-collar small-town guys. In Act I (1975), Eddie 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. Can sharing that experience rekindle their friendship? Also...
    FULL LENGTH (60 minutes). Eddie and Danny are blue-collar small-town guys. In Act I (1975), Eddie 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. Can sharing that experience rekindle their friendship? Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • 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. Produced on Facebook and Vimeo by Stage Left Theater of Spokane on October 8, 2021,...
    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. Produced on Facebook and Vimeo by Stage Left Theater of Spokane on October 8, 2021, with Lynn Noel as Velma, directed by Susan Hardie.
  • Best Friends and Other Plays
    Nine monologues and two-handers about the gay experience, most featuring roles for actors over 30.
    (All are available separately.) Includes:
    BEST FRIENDS (60-minute two-hander) Act I: Confessing to an incident in a public restroom brings up old secrets and threatens a lifelong friendship. Act II: Two men discover they have been exposed to HIV/AIDS. Can facing that experience together rekindle...
    Nine monologues and two-handers about the gay experience, most featuring roles for actors over 30.
    (All are available separately.) Includes:
    BEST FRIENDS (60-minute two-hander) Act I: Confessing to an incident in a public restroom brings up old secrets and threatens a lifelong friendship. Act II: Two men discover they have been exposed to HIV/AIDS. Can facing that experience together rekindle their broken friendship? Graphic language.
    LIFE SUPPORT (10-minute two-hander) The same-sex lover and the homophobic sister of a man on life support meet for the first time.
    THE BOYS ACROSS THE STREET (1-page monologue) An older white woman discovers to her dismal that an interracial same-sex couple is moving in across the street.
    DAD AND UNCLE MARK (10-minute monologue) An older man remembers what he saw spying through a knothole when he was thirteen.
    FOR A MAN YOUR AGE (10-minute two-hander) A gay couple discusses aging, flirtatious baristas, and the National Geographic.
    COMING OUT TO UNCLE JAKE (1-minute two-hander) Robert has finally had enough of Uncle Jake's Thanksgiving rants about "people like him."
    I INVITED YOUR MOTHER FOR THANKSGIVING (8-minute two-hander) One half of a gay couple is not pleased to find out his mother is coming for Thanksgiving.
    WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME? (5-minute two-hander) The “Klutz of All Klutzes” explains to their long-suffering spouse why their failed attempt to take a box to the trash means a trip to the ER and the pet cemetery.
    INTESTATE (10-minute monologue) A 50-year-old gay man loses his partner and everything else to the COVID pandemic.
  • The Boys Across the Street
    ONE-PAGE MONOLOGUE. An older white woman discovers an interracial same-sex couple is moving in across the street. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • Coming Out to Uncle Jake
    ONE MINUTE. Robert has finally had enough of Uncle Jake's Thanksgiving rants about "people like him." Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • 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. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • For a Man Your Age
    TEN-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 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. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • I Invited Your Mother for Thanksgiving
    One half of a gay couple is not pleased to find out his mother is coming for Thanksgiving. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • Intestate: A COVID-19 Monologue
    MONOLOGUE: 7-8 minutes. Richard, a fifty-year-old gay man, has lost his partner (and everything else) to COVID-19. Performed in 2022 by Magnolia Arts Center in Greenville NC (awarded audience favorite) and in 2021 by Talking Horse Productions in Columbia MO. Published by the "some scripts online literary journal" in Issue 4: Outbreak, 2021. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • Life Support
    TEN-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. 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. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • What Happened This Time?
    TWO-MINUTE COMEDY for two actors of any age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or 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. Also included in "Best Friends and Other Plays."
  • Best Friends (One Act)
    30-MINUTE TWO-HANDER. Confessing to an incident in a public restroom brings up old secrets and threatens a lifelong friendship. GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. This is Act I of the full-length version.
  • A Lynch Mob Foiled
    MONOLOGUE: 5-6 minutes. 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.

    Be advised that the “N word” appears twice in this script. Lemcke himself disapproved of the term and makes clear, through his...
    MONOLOGUE: 5-6 minutes. 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.

    Be advised that the “N word” appears twice in this script. Lemcke himself disapproved of the term and makes clear, through his use of quote marks, that it was the mob that was using it to refer to the prisoner.
  • Grand Dragon in Power: A Radio Play
    60 MINUTES. 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. Set in the 1920's and based on a true story, the play contains startling parallels to the politics of contemporary America.

    The performance by the Radio Theatre Project at the Studo@...
    60 MINUTES. 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. Set in the 1920's and based on a true story, the play contains startling parallels to the politics of contemporary America.

    The performance by the Radio Theatre Project at the Studo@620 in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 26, 2018, is available on Soundcloud.com at: https://soundcloud.com/radiotheatreproject/grand-dragon-in-power-by-donald-e-baker
  • Web-Footed Dreams, or, Paddlewheels in Peace and War
    In this one-man play, a 19th-century steamboat captain tells amusing and harrowing stories of the Civil War on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Adapted from a 1905 memoir by J.A. Lemcke.
  • My Brother Paul: A Play with Music
    FULL LENGTH. Around 1900, two men are divided by sibling rivalry and united by brotherly love as they struggle to escape their strict childhoods. Inspired by the songs of Paul Dresser (“My Gal Sal," “On the Banks of the Wabash”) and the writings of Theodore Dreiser. Good vehicle for a “portly” leading man. 3M, 1W, one set, one instrument (piano), one short solo dance.