David Templeton

David Templeton

David Templeton is a Bay Area playwright and award-winning arts journalist (best known locally for his work with the Petaluma Argus-Courier and the North Bay Bohemian). As a playwright, he took hoorable mentio i the 2021 William Glickman New Play Awards (for "Galatea"), and has won awards for his writing of “Wretch Like Me,” which has had runs at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh...
David Templeton is a Bay Area playwright and award-winning arts journalist (best known locally for his work with the Petaluma Argus-Courier and the North Bay Bohemian). As a playwright, he took hoorable mentio i the 2021 William Glickman New Play Awards (for "Galatea"), and has won awards for his writing of “Wretch Like Me,” which has had runs at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Scotland. In addition to “Polar Bears,” his other plays include “Pinky,” “Drumming With Anubis,” “Mary Shelley’s Body” (the latter adapted from his novella of the same name, published in the 2016 anthology “Eternal Frankenstein.” David’s newest play, “Galatea,” had its world premiere at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in September of 2021. He is currently at work on a three-actor comedy titled "Featherbaby," a play about female boxers titled "Ragdoll" and a collection of his previously produced fantasy plays to be titled "Monsters, Gods and Robots," expected to be published in 2022.

Plays

  • Galatea
    Honorable Mention 2021 Will Glickman New Play Awards

    GALATEA is a science-fiction mystery about what it means to be human, which parts of humanity are worth saving, and which human behaviours the universe would be better off without. In 2167, high above the Earth on a vast space station, robotics-specialist Dr. Margaret Mailer conducts a series of sessions with the synthetic Seventy-One, the only...
    Honorable Mention 2021 Will Glickman New Play Awards

    GALATEA is a science-fiction mystery about what it means to be human, which parts of humanity are worth saving, and which human behaviours the universe would be better off without. In 2167, high above the Earth on a vast space station, robotics-specialist Dr. Margaret Mailer conducts a series of sessions with the synthetic Seventy-One, the only surviving member of member of a crew once assigned to the Galatea, a legendary deep-space transport vessel that disappeared over 100 years ago -- with more than a thousand organic passengers aboard. Found floating in a crumbling escape shuttle after decades in cryogenic sleep, Seventy-One now dutifully engages with Dr. Mailer in a series of exercises designed to improve her social skills and human-like characteristics. As she learns what it means to smile, shake hands, make friends, tell jokes and laugh, it becomes clear that Seventy-One is carefully guarding a secret. In series of cliffhanger-ending scenes, Mailer slowly peels away layer after layer of Seventy-One's protective programming, and begins to suspect something that could change the future of humankind, all while seeking the answer to a century-old question: were there any other survivors, and what, exactly, happened on the Galatea?
  • Drumming with Anubis
    A supernatural comedy about a group of mythology-loving, heavy metal fans on a drum circle retreat in the desert, where they've gathered for one final weekend of chanting, drumming, drugs and drinking, and metal-inspired "rituals," following the recent death of their founder, legendary DethDog drummer Joshua Tree. When their newest member proves to be more than he seems, a whole series of life-...
    A supernatural comedy about a group of mythology-loving, heavy metal fans on a drum circle retreat in the desert, where they've gathered for one final weekend of chanting, drumming, drugs and drinking, and metal-inspired "rituals," following the recent death of their founder, legendary DethDog drummer Joshua Tree. When their newest member proves to be more than he seems, a whole series of life-altering surprises - and at least one other unexpected guest - the group faces a long night of the soul (hotdogs optional) that could turn out to be the friends' best male-bonding trip ever -- or its last.
  • Mary Shelley's Body
    Mary Shelley is dead. So why is she stuck in this graveyard, at her own tomb? Why is is storming overhead, with thunder and lightning, but no rain? And why can't she stop talking? In this tour-de-force play for one female actor, the writer of 'Frankenstein' delivers a ghostly monologue that encompasses her loves and losses, the inspiration behind her greatest work of literature, and the secrets...
    Mary Shelley is dead. So why is she stuck in this graveyard, at her own tomb? Why is is storming overhead, with thunder and lightning, but no rain? And why can't she stop talking? In this tour-de-force play for one female actor, the writer of 'Frankenstein' delivers a ghostly monologue that encompasses her loves and losses, the inspiration behind her greatest work of literature, and the secrets she hoped to take to the grave. Now that she's there, much to her irritation and witty rage, she finds those secrets have followed her. 'Mary Shelley's Body' (perfect for Halloween or near June 16, the night Mary Shelley had the dream that inspired 'Frankenstein), presents a stormy collision of romance, horror, history and unforgettable storytelling.
  • Polar Bears
    A one-actor show in which a father, sorting through boxes in his attic at Christmas time, spontaneous recalls one whopper of a true story (based on the playwright's life), involving his lifetime obsession with Santa Claus, his desperate attempts to keep his kids believing after a tragedy strikes his family, and his realization that sometimes lies, even those told in love, can backfire in unpredictable ways.
  • Pinky
    Young love can be brutal. When a sweetly romantic teenager named Pinky appears at the local bowling alley, nerdy high-schooler David is instantly smitten. After joining David’s eccentric circle of brainy, oddball friends (including Troy, who rarely says anything that J.R.R. Tolkein didn’t say first), Pinky reveals her life-long quest to find P.C., her nickname for Prince Charming. Determined to be the one who...
    Young love can be brutal. When a sweetly romantic teenager named Pinky appears at the local bowling alley, nerdy high-schooler David is instantly smitten. After joining David’s eccentric circle of brainy, oddball friends (including Troy, who rarely says anything that J.R.R. Tolkein didn’t say first), Pinky reveals her life-long quest to find P.C., her nickname for Prince Charming. Determined to be the one who sweeps Pinky off her feet, David launches an outrageous scheme to prove he’s the real P.C., a plan involving treasure hunts, kidnapping, and a battle against the forces of evil. Of course, every love story has two sides. Performed as a pair of simultaneous one-person-shows, the grown-up David (David Templeton) and Pinky (Liz Jahren’Always Patsy Cline,’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’) take turns telling their version of what happened, all those years ago. ‘Pinky’ was written by journalist/playwright David Templeton (‘Wretch Like Me’) and is directed by Sheri Lee Miller (‘Death of a Salesman’, ‘Tartuffe’ ‘Crimes of the Heart’).

    Though inspired by actual events, ‘Pinky’ is essentially fictional, an imaginative romp through the playwright’s memories of a pivotal friendship from his youth. Unconventional in structure, the play swings back and forth in time, as the grown-up David and Pinky frequently morph into their younger selves and those of their nerd-core companions. When the two separate sets of memories begin to fuse together into one outrageous story, this offbeat, original, and thoroughly, um, charming tale becomes a wildly funny romp through the minefields of teenage love and friendship, proving that, though not every fairytale has a happy ending, with a little creative ingenuity (and a well-timed sword fight), anything is possible, and that true love, as Pinky’s Aunt Emily often said, is always worth waiting for.
  • Wretch Like Me
    Award-winning one-actor-show about a one-time born-again teenage puppeteer and how he was saved from being saved. Weaving together true remembrances from the author's childhood and teenage days, and encapsulates the experience of a lonely child finding an alternative family amongst a group of blissed-out Christians in the 1970s, and how his path took him into an epic, and frequently hilarious, crash course...
    Award-winning one-actor-show about a one-time born-again teenage puppeteer and how he was saved from being saved. Weaving together true remembrances from the author's childhood and teenage days, and encapsulates the experience of a lonely child finding an alternative family amongst a group of blissed-out Christians in the 1970s, and how his path took him into an epic, and frequently hilarious, crash course with his own soul. Filled with vivid characters (over a dozen) and stunningly emotional twists and turns, this show has been performed by the author at Fringe Festivals and theaters over 100 times, and now is being made available for other actors to tackle in new ways.