Duncan Pflaster

Duncan Pflaster

Plays that have won awards: The Underpants Godot, Messin’ With the Kid, 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Dark Night of the Russet Rascal, Eternity: Time Without End,The Tragedy of Dandelion, and Say Something Shocking (The Spit-Take Play). Others...
Plays that have won awards: The Underpants Godot, Messin’ With the Kid, 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Dark Night of the Russet Rascal, Eternity: Time Without End,The Tragedy of Dandelion, and Say Something Shocking (The Spit-Take Play). Others include Suckers, Admit Impediments, Sleeping in Tomorrow, and Ore, or Or. Eight plays published online at IndieTheaterNow.com. Pocket Universe is published in Smith & Kraus' The Best New Ten Minute Plays 2013. My Perfect Life is published in The LIC One-Act Play Festival 2013. A monologue from …Taint… in Smith & Kraus’ The Best Male Monologues 2013, and two monologues from 1460 Sketches... in The Best Male Monologues 2014 and in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books' Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild. www.duncanpflaster.com

Plays

  • Cockeye(D)
    When a 23-year-old movie actor claims that an older director molested him when he was 15, it ruins the director's film career, and he vows revenge. Finding work in theatre, the director begins an all-male adaptation of The Bacchae. When the actor hears the director has been telling people the molestation never happened, he also vows revenge, and attempts to infiltrate the play. An adaptation of The Bacchae based around current events.
  • Foreign Object
    A young American man of Middle-Eastern descent is under a lot of stress, with his wife and new child, his religious dogmatic father, and an unfulfilling job as a security guard. When he starts to explore the gay bar a few blocks from his job, things take an unexpected turn. An American tragedy Inspired by the Orlando shooting.
  • Fourteen Hundred and Sixty Sketches of Your Left Hand
    When Blanca invites Paul to her ranch in New Mexico for the Summer, he thinks it's for an artist's retreat, but it's also to help keep his gay bromantic college buddy Alonso, Blanca's brother, on his medication. Tormented painters, sexual obsession, and crossed boundaries combine for a scorching new play.
  • The Underpants Godot
    In “The Underpants Godot”, a director named Doug is surreptitiously rehearsing for an avant-garde production of “Waiting for Godot” with the characters played by hot dudes in their underpants instead of old men. A representative from the Samuel Beckett estate crashes their dress rehearsal to investigate. The play is a meta-theatrical piece about the limits of adaptation and interpretation.
  • A Touch of Cinema
    Dina Kummerspeck, a filmmaker in a small country that isn't America, has been taken by the newly-fascist government and tortured for making supposedly seditious films. Now returned home under house arrest with an electric shackle on her ankle, she and her husband Tomas invite over their actor friends for a party, but unbeknownst to them, it's going to be a secret reading of Dina's new screenplay...
    Dina Kummerspeck, a filmmaker in a small country that isn't America, has been taken by the newly-fascist government and tortured for making supposedly seditious films. Now returned home under house arrest with an electric shackle on her ankle, she and her husband Tomas invite over their actor friends for a party, but unbeknownst to them, it's going to be a secret reading of Dina's new screenplay loosely based on her torture.
  • Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants
    When good King Kartoffelpuffen gives up his kingdom to his oldest son Tater and marries off his other children for peace (and for political gain), Prince Trevor, his youngest son, trades places with his manservant Grumbelino in order to escape his fate and find his true love, Toby the stable boy.
    Meanwhile, will Princess Lana find love with King Soignée of the Blind Sybarites, or will she continue...
    When good King Kartoffelpuffen gives up his kingdom to his oldest son Tater and marries off his other children for peace (and for political gain), Prince Trevor, his youngest son, trades places with his manservant Grumbelino in order to escape his fate and find his true love, Toby the stable boy.
    Meanwhile, will Princess Lana find love with King Soignée of the Blind Sybarites, or will she continue pining for Geoffrey, her lost love?
    Will Grumbelino make friends with his new wife Queen Bluebella of Chryselephantinople and her harem of eunuchs, or will he foolishly poke his nose into the Forbidden Ballroom?
    Can anyone keep King Tater from starting a new war and destroying all their Kingdoms?
    Are the rumored Elephants of Style more than just a fable?
    Find out in Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants!
    (Partly written in Shakespearean Style and for a cast of 12)
  • Light and Noise and Bees and Boys
    An older woman has had a stroke and has gone to live with her son and his wife in Boca Raton. She's forgotten most of the last 30 years, including that she's now a lesbian and in a committed relationship with a woman, who is desperately trying to find and rescue her.
  • Keeping Everything Straight
    Jeff and Jason live in Boston. Their parents are dead, and Jeff has been taking care of his teenage brother and making sure he gets through high school, by taking a job as a stripper in a gay bar; he also, unbeknownst to his brother, will let men have sex with him for money, though he’s straight. When his friend Mikey pimps him out to Bruce, a wealthy gay man for a weekend of sexual humiliation in Disney World...
    Jeff and Jason live in Boston. Their parents are dead, and Jeff has been taking care of his teenage brother and making sure he gets through high school, by taking a job as a stripper in a gay bar; he also, unbeknownst to his brother, will let men have sex with him for money, though he’s straight. When his friend Mikey pimps him out to Bruce, a wealthy gay man for a weekend of sexual humiliation in Disney World for more money than the boys have seen in years, Jeff is initially on board, until Bruce insists that Jason come along as a witness. Meanwhile, Jason himself is actually gay (though of course closeted to his homophobic brother) and has a secret boyfriend, Chad, a quarterback on the high school football team. Jason is very impressed by Bruce, as the debonair and fabulous out gay man he’d like to be.

    (formerly known as "Messin' With the Kid")
  • Nothing Human
    In 2011, the day after Bin Laden is killed, a computer engineer named Alberto reveals to a actress/waitress who he meets in a bar that he's been in hiding in Boca Raton since getting a call the night before 9/11 telling him not to go into work at the towers the next day; the two begin an affair complicated by the presence of ALBA, the artificial intelligence which Alberto took from his company and which...
    In 2011, the day after Bin Laden is killed, a computer engineer named Alberto reveals to a actress/waitress who he meets in a bar that he's been in hiding in Boca Raton since getting a call the night before 9/11 telling him not to go into work at the towers the next day; the two begin an affair complicated by the presence of ALBA, the artificial intelligence which Alberto took from his company and which may soon be becoming sentient. Meanwhile, back in New York, Alejandro, a playwright, is working on his first screenplay, a science fiction piece about The Singularity, and having trouble dealing with executive meddling.
  • The Starship Astrov
    A play written in the style of Anton Chekov, set on a Starship in the year 3047. A diplomatic mission brings a professor and his lovely alien wife and faithful doctor aboard the Starship Astrov, where unspoken love and misunderstandings abound between the ship's crew and the guests. As times adapt, will the future change us, or will humanity stay the same at heart?
  • The Thyme of the Season
    A new sequel to A Misdummer Night's Dream. It's Hallowe'en, three months after Midsummer. When Titania and Oberon need to pay their 7-yearly tithe to hell, they need to find a human soul to sacrifice. Puck's been ensorcelled by a witch so that he can't sleep, and there's a new Autumn fairy, Pumpkinseed, who is in love with that merry wanderer of the night. Meanwhile, Helena is...
    A new sequel to A Misdummer Night's Dream. It's Hallowe'en, three months after Midsummer. When Titania and Oberon need to pay their 7-yearly tithe to hell, they need to find a human soul to sacrifice. Puck's been ensorcelled by a witch so that he can't sleep, and there's a new Autumn fairy, Pumpkinseed, who is in love with that merry wanderer of the night. Meanwhile, Helena is pregnant, Demetrius thinks she's cheating, Lysander is exploring his feminine side, and Hermia is unsatisfied. Bottom has become a huge famous rich ass. Everyone goes into the forest, but will they all come back out?
  • The Douchegirl Play (Better Name Pending)
    The lives of suburban married couple Mariah and Steven are thrown into chaos when Irma, Mariah's best friend from high school, presumed dead, shows up out of nowhere. Her new badass style clashes with their settled existence, but is perfectly in line with Steven's douchebag gym friend Lenny. An intended antidote to testosterone-heavy Mamet/Rapp/LaBute style plays: working in the form, but letting the...
    The lives of suburban married couple Mariah and Steven are thrown into chaos when Irma, Mariah's best friend from high school, presumed dead, shows up out of nowhere. Her new badass style clashes with their settled existence, but is perfectly in line with Steven's douchebag gym friend Lenny. An intended antidote to testosterone-heavy Mamet/Rapp/LaBute style plays: working in the form, but letting the female characters have the agency and interest.
  • Tips of The Icebergs
    An epic character piece in the vein of "La Ronde", Tips of the Icebergs is about a community-- Tod, a young painter who has taken a job with a mafioso named Goldberg; the stress from that is making him have trouble in bed with his girlfriend Claudia, who works at a diner with Olive, a dilettante artist who can't quite settle down to what type of art she wants to make.. Olive's brother Jig,...
    An epic character piece in the vein of "La Ronde", Tips of the Icebergs is about a community-- Tod, a young painter who has taken a job with a mafioso named Goldberg; the stress from that is making him have trouble in bed with his girlfriend Claudia, who works at a diner with Olive, a dilettante artist who can't quite settle down to what type of art she wants to make.. Olive's brother Jig, a transman, is hosting a series of book clubs at his house, which is attended by Vinny, a closeted mafioso who is having a clandestine affair with Umar, a Pakistani diner waiter (at a different diner), who meets Tod with Goldberg at the diner where they chill after their first gig... and so on, over the course of two weeks. It's intended to show how humans can treat others poorly, but are unable to ignore people once they consider them friends, or at least as other humans.
  • The Wastes of Time
    When a young man starts dating a guy 10 years older, his mother tries to be accepting, until she discovers she has more than one reason to be wary of her son's new boyfriend.

    "It's uncommon these days for a gay-themed play to tackle the issues surrounding AIDS — both because it's a heavy, potentially unpopular subject and because it might seem irrelevant in an age of...
    When a young man starts dating a guy 10 years older, his mother tries to be accepting, until she discovers she has more than one reason to be wary of her son's new boyfriend.

    "It's uncommon these days for a gay-themed play to tackle the issues surrounding AIDS — both because it's a heavy, potentially unpopular subject and because it might seem irrelevant in an age of seemingly magical drug therapies that have extended many AIDS patients' lives. That's why it's such a pleasure to watch a play like The Wastes of Time that not only tackles the thorny subject but does it in a way that is relevant, insightful, and emotionally moving, without depending on nostalgia or maudlin gimmicks."
    - Jerry Portwood, Backstage review (Critic's Pick, 2006 MITF production)
  • The Empress of Sex
    In Ancient Greece, A woman, spurned in love, finds a deserted island and sets herself up as The Empress Salacia, decreeing that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex. She gathers some sybaritic acolytes, and all is frolicsome mindless fun until Salacia's ex-lover Agis comes to the island in disguise, to attempt to win her back.
    "But don't let the overinflated language,...
    In Ancient Greece, A woman, spurned in love, finds a deserted island and sets herself up as The Empress Salacia, decreeing that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex. She gathers some sybaritic acolytes, and all is frolicsome mindless fun until Salacia's ex-lover Agis comes to the island in disguise, to attempt to win her back.
    "But don't let the overinflated language, stylized acting, and copious nudity fool you; playwright Duncan Pflaster has more in mind than mere silliness or titillation. Underneath the high jinks there is ample evidence of a canny dramatist intent on exploring the complex relationship between love and sex without sacrificing laughs or a genuinely touching payoff." - Backstage review of the original production
  • The Taint of Equality, or I Want Your Sex
    Adrian and Javier are a gay couple who don't believe in marriage- but everyone assumes they're married. When they realize they've never actually opened up their "open relationship", they decide to each go out and get laid, with hilarious and erotic results. The play is an entertaining send-up of modern Gay life and relationships that tackles drug use, Dan Savage, racism, showtunes, porn...
    Adrian and Javier are a gay couple who don't believe in marriage- but everyone assumes they're married. When they realize they've never actually opened up their "open relationship", they decide to each go out and get laid, with hilarious and erotic results. The play is an entertaining send-up of modern Gay life and relationships that tackles drug use, Dan Savage, racism, showtunes, porn, Grindr, public sex, and much much more...

    Content Warning: Ribald Sex Comedy, Extremely Homosexual Situations, and a Naked Busby Berkeley-style Dance Number.
  • Ore, or Or
    A zen exploration of the gap between truth and convenient fictions that employs the known facts about General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his legendary gold to illuminate the tangled love lives of four disaffected New Yorkers- Calvin Kanayama, a Japanese-American man with a passion for Star Trek, his girlfriend Debbie Goldberg, a Jewish woman who loves to taunt her family by dating the goyim, her roommate Sean O...
    A zen exploration of the gap between truth and convenient fictions that employs the known facts about General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his legendary gold to illuminate the tangled love lives of four disaffected New Yorkers- Calvin Kanayama, a Japanese-American man with a passion for Star Trek, his girlfriend Debbie Goldberg, a Jewish woman who loves to taunt her family by dating the goyim, her roommate Sean O'Connell, a homo who's trying not to date straight men anymore, and his fag hag Tara Eaton, a WASP model who's sporadically studying astrology and Buddhism.
  • The Tragedy of Dandelion
    The Princess Dandelion dresses as a boy in order to escape her rapist and would-be husband, along the way falling in love with another princess, and traveling through her society, meeting nuns, soldiers, and clowns, and all the time her pregnancy continues, the impending birth complicating everything. Written entirely in iambic pentameter and full of Shakespearean tropes and double entendres. To be played by 8...
    The Princess Dandelion dresses as a boy in order to escape her rapist and would-be husband, along the way falling in love with another princess, and traveling through her society, meeting nuns, soldiers, and clowns, and all the time her pregnancy continues, the impending birth complicating everything. Written entirely in iambic pentameter and full of Shakespearean tropes and double entendres. To be played by 8 or more women, with doubling.
    On the Killjoys list of plays with representation of transgender characters: http://joshuabastiancole.weebly.com/blog/the-killjoys
    Available at Indie Theatre Now: https://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/the-tragedy-of-dandelion
  • Suckers
    When Romaine and Jeff meet some fun and crazy folks who run a late-nite coffee house, they never suspect that they're actually vampires. Rather than being devoured, Romaine's cunning captures the imagination of Elvis, the leader of the group - will they be the victims of the political schemes of the undead, or will Romaine become their Vampire Queen?
  • Hold Thy Peace, Thou Knave
    Set backstage at a production of Twelfth Night, the actor onstage as Toby Belch has gone off-book and begun to improvise in a terrible way. The actors playing Mariah, Fabian, and Orsino are at a loss.
  • Mine or Yours
    A gay guy and his straight girlfriend try to determine the orientation of a hot man in a bar, through social cues.
  • Dark Night of the Russet Rascal
    A plucky girl reporter Ace McAllister goes to visit billionaire playgirl Clarissa Zandt to interview her about a robbery, when they are attacked by supervillain The Spanglish Fly! Will superhero The Russet Rascal come to their aid? Will Ace McAllister fall in love with The Russet Rascal? Will Clarissa's female butler get anything for secretary's day?
  • The Fugly Train
    Two young women are riding the subway, and realize they are the prettiest ones on the train. ...or are they?
  • O Dreamer
    In a coffee shop, a guy in a Batman shirt tells a guy in a Superman shirt that he doesn't want to sleep with him anymore. The other guy thought they were dating, but comes to realize it was only sexual... or was it?
  • Say Something Shocking, or The Spit-Take Play
    Two British people attempt to enjoy their tea while telling each other shocking things. One-minute play.
  • #NoNoMedea
    An actor is preparing to go on as Medea, when his Director comes in with the bad news that the students they're about to perform for are picketing because a man is taking a role away from a female performer.
  • Pleased as Man With Man to Dwell
    An alternative view of the Nativity story, following two gay shepherds who see a vision of an angel and follow a star in the sky to Bethlehem, leading them to question what they know about the world.
  • Secret Santa
    An office Christmas party goes hilariously wrong for a grumpy employee, when he receives an unexpected gift from his secret santa.
  • Precious Little Snowflake
    Two gay men watch their daughter open her Christmas Presents and discuss when and if they should tell her that Santa isn't real.
  • Falling Behind
    30 minute dramatic piece - In two separate but interlocking and overlapping scenes, two teenage girls reckon with one of them taking a suitcase and running away to chase her dreams of being a rock star; a middle-aged woman meets up with her old friend who disappeared and became a rock star.
    Commissioned and originally produced by MTWorks, as part of "RE:Works, The Fabulous 80s", Inspired by...
    30 minute dramatic piece - In two separate but interlocking and overlapping scenes, two teenage girls reckon with one of them taking a suitcase and running away to chase her dreams of being a rock star; a middle-aged woman meets up with her old friend who disappeared and became a rock star.
    Commissioned and originally produced by MTWorks, as part of "RE:Works, The Fabulous 80s", Inspired by Cyndi Lauper's hit "Time After Time".
  • Pocket Universe
    Romantic Science Fiction about a man who creates a personalized universe for his male office crush.
  • Lady in Waiting
    A knight comes to rescue a princess from a dragon, only to discover she's not that keen on being rescued. In iambic pentameter, and with room for an awesome sword-fight.
  • Yolo is Problematic
    A famous black actress, after being impregnated and dumped by her houseboy for the director of her new film, tweets out her rage; the next morning she's being accused of racism and labeled as problematic online. Her multitude of friends, family, lovers, managers, staff, and hangers-on all attempt to help her with her media balancing act. A humorous skewering of Political Correctness and Social Media. An...
    A famous black actress, after being impregnated and dumped by her houseboy for the director of her new film, tweets out her rage; the next morning she's being accused of racism and labeled as problematic online. Her multitude of friends, family, lovers, managers, staff, and hangers-on all attempt to help her with her media balancing act. A humorous skewering of Political Correctness and Social Media. An homage to The Cherry Orchard with a very progressive modern twist.