Randy Baker

Randy Baker

Randy Baker is a director, playwright and the co-artistic director of Rorschach Theatre (rorschachtheatre.com). Plays he has written have been produced at Rorschach Theatre, Source Festival, American University, George Washington University and NCDA's Actors Repertory Theatre. His plays have been developed at Rorschach Theatre, The National New Play Network, Arena Stage, Spooky Action Theatre, Inkwell...
Randy Baker is a director, playwright and the co-artistic director of Rorschach Theatre (rorschachtheatre.com). Plays he has written have been produced at Rorschach Theatre, Source Festival, American University, George Washington University and NCDA's Actors Repertory Theatre. His plays have been developed at Rorschach Theatre, The National New Play Network, Arena Stage, Spooky Action Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, Theater J, Wordsmyth Theater, Jakarta Players and Manhattan Theatre Works among others. In addition to Rorschach where he has directed numerous shows, he has directed at Catholic University, American University, Georgetown University, The Welders, WSC Avant Bard, Source Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, First Draft, NCDA’s Actors Repertory Theatre, Imagination Stage, Wayward Theatre, Cherry Red Productions and Young Playwrights Theater among others. He received his MFA from Goddard College and is faculty at American University, Theatre Lab and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.
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Plays

  • Forgotten Kingdoms
    On a small island in Indonesia, a wooden house balances on stilts over a churning sea. In this house Reverend David Holiday tries to convert a skeptical young local whose fate has become improbably intertwined with his own. At stake this night is the life of the young man’s father, the future of this island’s ancient culture and the happiness of an American family caught between worlds. As the night turns...
    On a small island in Indonesia, a wooden house balances on stilts over a churning sea. In this house Reverend David Holiday tries to convert a skeptical young local whose fate has become improbably intertwined with his own. At stake this night is the life of the young man’s father, the future of this island’s ancient culture and the happiness of an American family caught between worlds. As the night turns into morning, the fate of David’s haunted young son becomes the biggest question of all.
  • Between Days
    BETWEEN DAYS dramatizes an evening when everything changes for a group of expatriate American high school students living in Singapore. The play takes place at a hawker center (an open-air food market) that has the peculiar distinction of being a place where western teenagers spend their Friday and Saturday nights.

    The market has been here forever, since before the traffic circle was built...
    BETWEEN DAYS dramatizes an evening when everything changes for a group of expatriate American high school students living in Singapore. The play takes place at a hawker center (an open-air food market) that has the peculiar distinction of being a place where western teenagers spend their Friday and Saturday nights.

    The market has been here forever, since before the traffic circle was built around it. The structures are rough and ramshackle, looking like they were built with the cast-off materials of the city. The floors are always wet, the tables are always sticky and the sound of a hundred different languages is heard all night. The western teenagers mix with the local clamor, attracted by cheap food, available beer, and the ubiquity of their classmates. In the play, the locals are purposely invisible as the action focuses on the strange subculture of American teenagers growing up abroad.

    The structure of the play focuses on the same fifteen minutes from five different perspectives – each one focusing on a different table of students, each table inhabited by a different tribe. All of the groups are linked by the misadventures of their classmate Davis Hunt, a charming, dangerous alcoholic about whom everyone seems to have an opinion. His most recent actions - an act of vandalism, punishable in Singapore by caning - may be his final undoing.
  • The Burning Road
    Devon’s estranged father, a master of shadow puppets and a political dissident, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Malaysia. Devon must leave his Nebraska home and employ the help of two American expatriates to find answers deep in the wilds of South East Asia. In the shadows of the jungle, mingling with the remnants of his father’s stories, the three travelers begin to confront their own...
    Devon’s estranged father, a master of shadow puppets and a political dissident, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Malaysia. Devon must leave his Nebraska home and employ the help of two American expatriates to find answers deep in the wilds of South East Asia. In the shadows of the jungle, mingling with the remnants of his father’s stories, the three travelers begin to confront their own shadows.

    Cast Breakdown below should also include a few non-acting musicians

  • Rashomon's Gate
    A woodcutter and a priest take shelter from the rain under the crumbling Rashōmon gate.
    Here they recount a terrible crime that may or may not have happened.
    Moving between a present-day crime and the world of Akutagawa's short story "Yabu No Naka" and "Rashōmon," RASHOMON'S GATE gives new context to these stories about the subjectivity of truth.
  • The Monastery
    In a destroyed monastery in the shadow of Mount Ararat, there is a mosaic that tells a story of a man who escaped a flood only to leave his beloved behind. In present day Armenia, Lieutenant Alicia Gray has come to inspect the ruins of this monastery, destroyed by US drones. Among the rubble she finds a mysterious man whose fate seems impossibly tangled with her own.