Allan Baker

Allan Baker

After retiring in 2001, Allan began writing in 2004 and has since written thirteen plays, all but the last with gay characters and themes. Eleven of these plays have been produced, in a total of twenty-one productions and seven staged readings, from coast to coast and internationally. His first play was "All the Saints", a full-length, modern re-telling of Dumas’ "Lady of the Camellias...
After retiring in 2001, Allan began writing in 2004 and has since written thirteen plays, all but the last with gay characters and themes. Eleven of these plays have been produced, in a total of twenty-one productions and seven staged readings, from coast to coast and internationally. His first play was "All the Saints", a full-length, modern re-telling of Dumas’ "Lady of the Camellias" and Verdi’s "La Traviata", with gay characters. This play was given a well-received staged reading at Zach Scott Theatre Center in Austin in January 2008. Allan’s first one act play, "Five Minutes", set in the World Trade Center on 9/11, was named “Best of the Fest” for the FronteraFest short fringe festival at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin in 2006 and was selected for the Emerging Artists Theatre’s Fall Festival of Short Plays in New York City in November 2006. Nominated by Emerging Artists as part of a nation-wide competition, Five Minutes was again produced in New York City as part of the Samuel French, Inc. Festival of Off Off-Broadway One Act Plays in June 2007. Allan’s play, "...last and always", based on the final scene of his award-winning Five Minutes, was a finalist for the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre’s Fall Festival of Ten Minute Plays in 2008 and was produced by NativeAliens Theatre Collective as part of their Short Stories 10 program during New York City’s Pride Celebration in June, 2009. In January and February, 2011, this play was again produced in New York City, by Turtle Shell Productions, as part of their Ninth Annual 8 Minute Madness Playwright’s Festival. In May 2012 it was produced by Blue Slipper Theatre of Livingston, Montana as part of their first 10-Minute Play Festival. In June 2012." ...last and always" was produced by Buffalo United Artists Theatre as part of their “Takes Ten: GLBT Short Plays” festival. In November, 2013, this play was produced by the theatre department of the University of Guam as part of their student directed Short Play Festival at the Fine Arts Theatre of the University of Guam. In January, 2014 this play was produced by the Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, California as part of their 19th annual “8 Tens @ 8 Festival”. In July, 2014 it was produced by West Coast Players of Clearwater, FL as part of their annual one acts festival. Allan’s fourth play is "Voices", a one act involving the conversation across four generations of five members of a family, all residents of a cemetery in Texas. A shorter version of Voices was produced as part of the FronteraFest short fringe festival at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin in 2007. The current version was a finalist for Emerging Artists Theatre’s 2009 Spring Festival of Short Plays in New York City. Allan has written a second full-length, modern re-telling of a story found in opera: "Eskandar", inspired by Bizet’s "Carmen" and the "Shahnameh" of the 10th century Persian poet Firdowsi. The play is set in today’s Afghanistan. This play was a semi-finalist for production in the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, NC nuVoices for a nuGeneration 2014 Theatre Festival. It was a finalist for the 2014 Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Competition. In July this play will be one of three plays from across Texas to be featured in two readings at the Texas Playwrights Festival at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. In 2008 and 2009 Allan wrote a trio of one act plays focusing on critical moments in the relationships of three gay couples: "Click", "A Midsummer Night’s Conversation" and "A Midwinter Night’s Conversation". His fifteen minute play, "Beauty", is about a magnificent work of art and an even more extraordinary woman. In February 2012 this play was premiered by Valley Repertory Company of Enfield, Connecticut as part of their third LabWorks 15 Minute New Play Contest and was an audience selected finalist. In July, 2012 "Beauty" was produced by Salem Theatre Company of Salem, MA as part of their annual “Moments of Play” ten minute play festival. Ten plays were selected for this well-regarded festival from among more than 850 submitted. In April, 2010 a program of four of Allan’s short plays ("Click", "Voices", "Five Minutes" and "A Midsummer Night’s Conversation") was produced together as "Connect: Four Short Plays" for three weeks at the Off Center theatre in Austin. In June, 2010 "Connect" was given an encore performance at the Rollins Theatre of the Long Center in Austin as part of Austin’s Pride 2010 celebration. In September, 2011, "Click" and "A Midsummer Night’s Conversation" were produced by Uptown Players as part of the Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright designed Kalita Humphreys Theatre, in Dallas. In July, 2012 "Click" was produced by The Eclectic Company Theatre of Los Angeles, CA as part of their 9th annual “Hurricane Season New Play Festival & Playwriting Competition”. The script for "Click" tied for first place among the nine plays selected to be produced, in a competition judged by a panel that included Robert R. Scales, professor emeritus and former Dean of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. On June 26th, 2014 a staged reading of "Click" and "A Midsummer Night’s Conversation" was produced by The Desert Rose Playhouse, “The Coachella Valley’s LGBT and Gay Positive Stage Company” at the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage, CA as part of the Palm Springs area’s celebration of Pride Month. Allan’s full length play, "Dex & Abby", is a sweet, funny and moving play about a gay couple and their two dogs...the dogs to be played by human actors. In March, 2013, two very well received, fully staged readings of this play were given at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, in Austin. In September, 2015, "A Midwinter Night’s Conversation" will be produced at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario by Modus Vivendi Village Players as part of their annual festival of LGBT theatre. This will be Allan’s first international production. His most recent full length play is "Dare". In a nursing home, a gay man reflects on a life that has spanned the tumultuous years of gay history and explains his decision to complete the “dramatic arc” of his “character” in the play that is his life. A staged reading of this play was presented on Feb. 25, 2015 at Ground Floor Theatre in Austin. In 2017 "Dare" was the winner of the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest, sponsored by the Castillo Theatre in New York City.

Plays

  • "All the Saints"
    A full length, modern re-telling of Dumas' "Lady of the Camellias" and Verdi's "La Traviata", with gay characters. Alex, a very successful gay model/escort/circuit party boy and AJ, a gay US Navy pilot, stationed in San Diego, fall in love. For the sake of his beloved, Alex renounces this love and leave AJ. With scenes set in San Diego, at the White Party in Miami, in Baja and...
    A full length, modern re-telling of Dumas' "Lady of the Camellias" and Verdi's "La Traviata", with gay characters. Alex, a very successful gay model/escort/circuit party boy and AJ, a gay US Navy pilot, stationed in San Diego, fall in love. For the sake of his beloved, Alex renounces this love and leave AJ. With scenes set in San Diego, at the White Party in Miami, in Baja and San Francisco. A timeless love story, faithfully translated from 19th Century Paris into a modern, gay setting.
  • "Five Minutes"
    Three short scenes set in the World Trade Center on 9/11. In the first, two friends and co-workers, discuss faith and family before they take the only option available to them to escape the oncoming devastation. In the second, two strangers...also trapped and who will make the same choice, discuss baseball and, finally, what they have loved most. In the last scene, a gay couple...one in the Tower and one at...
    Three short scenes set in the World Trade Center on 9/11. In the first, two friends and co-workers, discuss faith and family before they take the only option available to them to escape the oncoming devastation. In the second, two strangers...also trapped and who will make the same choice, discuss baseball and, finally, what they have loved most. In the last scene, a gay couple...one in the Tower and one at their home in the city...must say goodbye. Sometimes love will take us to a safe place when nothing else can.
  • "...last and always"
    Based on the final scene of Allan's play, "Five Minutes". On 9/11, a gay couple...one in the WTC and one at their home in the city...must say goodbye. Sometimes love may take us to a safe place when nothing else can.
  • Voices
    A conversation across four generations, among five members of a family, all residents of a cemetery in rural Texas. Taking "Our Town" in a new direction, "Voices" focuses on Martha, the tyrannical, ninety-seven year old matriarch of a Texas family, born in the 1860's, and how she deals with the two most recently-arrived residents of the family cemetery: Cole, a relatively young, gay...
    A conversation across four generations, among five members of a family, all residents of a cemetery in rural Texas. Taking "Our Town" in a new direction, "Voices" focuses on Martha, the tyrannical, ninety-seven year old matriarch of a Texas family, born in the 1860's, and how she deals with the two most recently-arrived residents of the family cemetery: Cole, a relatively young, gay victim of AIDS, and Peggy, her seventy-five year old wild and bohemian granddaugther.
  • Click
    It's Saturday night and two gay guys are online trying to hook up, each for a somewhat different reason. Jason sees easy sex as a way to avoid intimacy. Michael sees it as a way to get to intimacy more quickly.
  • A Midsummer Night's Conversation
    It's four months into the relationship and a gay couple must face a critical moment. It's a time for honesty, intimacy and total self-exposure. And one of the two is an actor...a very, very good actor.
  • A Midwinter Night's Conversation
    It's seven years into the relationship and a gay couple must face a critical moment, in the relationship and in one member's career. It's a time for honesty, intimacy and total self-exposure. And one of the two is an actor...a very, very good actor.
  • "Eskandar"
    Inspired by Bizet's "Carmen" and the "Shahnameh", or "Epic of Kings" of the 10th Century Persian poet, Firdowsi, this play tells the story of the consequences of a clash of politics, economic interest, military strategy, cultural heritage and differing gender roles in today's Afghanistan. Joe, a gay Afghan-American, who has returned to Afghanistan as part of a covert...
    Inspired by Bizet's "Carmen" and the "Shahnameh", or "Epic of Kings" of the 10th Century Persian poet, Firdowsi, this play tells the story of the consequences of a clash of politics, economic interest, military strategy, cultural heritage and differing gender roles in today's Afghanistan. Joe, a gay Afghan-American, who has returned to Afghanistan as part of a covert operation, meets Eskandar, the passionate, impulsive and wild "kept boy" of an Afghan warlord. They develop a relationship which ends in tragedy.
  • "Dex & Abby"
    Though Sean and Corey are enjoying the beginning of a relationship and their new home; their dogs, Dex and Abby, are not. Abby, Sean's young dog, must learn to deal with the much older Dex, who has been Corey's companion and protector for thirteen years. Over a period of two years, we watch the development of these two relationships and see how the dogs both resolve their conflicts and aid Sean and...
    Though Sean and Corey are enjoying the beginning of a relationship and their new home; their dogs, Dex and Abby, are not. Abby, Sean's young dog, must learn to deal with the much older Dex, who has been Corey's companion and protector for thirteen years. Over a period of two years, we watch the development of these two relationships and see how the dogs both resolve their conflicts and aid Sean and Corey in the resolution of theirs. Fortunately, all four characters are able to communicate in lovely and very unexpected ways. A funny, sweet and very moving tribute to the importance of the companions with whom we share our lives.
  • Beauty
    A great work of art changes hands and a story of beauty is told...by the Dealer, the Collector and the Buyer.
  • "Dare"
    In his 82nd year, Jack, a resident of a nursing home in the Central Valley of California, has decided to end his life by refusing food and starving himself to death. His young and new "consulting gerontologist", Josh, has been summoned by the nursing home's administrator to discover the reason for Jack's decision. Both Jack and Josh are gay, though from very different generations. In...
    In his 82nd year, Jack, a resident of a nursing home in the Central Valley of California, has decided to end his life by refusing food and starving himself to death. His young and new "consulting gerontologist", Josh, has been summoned by the nursing home's administrator to discover the reason for Jack's decision. Both Jack and Josh are gay, though from very different generations. In their afternoon of conversation and flashbacks from Jack's past (San Francisco, '73; Fire Island, '78; New York City, '87; and New York City, '90), we come to understand the "play" in which Jack, the theatrical veteran, feels the "dramatic arc" of his character is complete. This play confronts the history of gay liberation, issues of aging in the gay community, the dialogue between advocates of "gay assimilation" and "gay exceptionalism"...and the role of drag queens.
  • Modesto
    Jack, an 84 year old gay man, is a resident of a nursing home in Modesto, California. There, in the "reddest part of the bluest state", Jack is interviewed by members of the San Francisco Gay History Project. Jack had, for many years, been the owner of a bookstore in the Castro district of San Francisco that had also served as a gay community center. Jack, howeer, wants to give the history that...
    Jack, an 84 year old gay man, is a resident of a nursing home in Modesto, California. There, in the "reddest part of the bluest state", Jack is interviewed by members of the San Francisco Gay History Project. Jack had, for many years, been the owner of a bookstore in the Castro district of San Francisco that had also served as a gay community center. Jack, howeer, wants to give the history that brought him and the project curators to where they are today...in a world where threats to the gay community have emerged again after the 2016 election. He also wants to give the "gift" that will be a way to resist those threats. Jack does so in a series of flashbacks to this past: from San Francisco in the early '70s to Fire Island in the late '70s to New York City in the mid-80s and in 1990. This play confronts the history of gay liberation, issues of aging in the gay community, the impact of AIDS, and the dialogue between advocates of "gay assimilation" and "gay exceptionalism"...and the role of drag queens. Adapted and updated from Allan's full length play, "Dare".