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Allan Baker

ALLAN BAKER

  

Nationality:    USA
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Allan began writing in 2004 and has written eleven plays, all with gay characters and themes. Six of these plays have been produced, in twenty-one productions from coast to coast and, in 2013 at the University of Guam. He is especially honored that his profoundly moving and graceful 9/11 plays, "Five Minutes" and "...last and always", has each been twice produced in the city for which they are, obviously, so very difficult. And he is delighted that in 2011 two of his one act plays, "Click" and "A Midsummer Night's Conversation", were produced at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre in Dallas...the first professional theatre he attended, as a high school student.

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below is a list of Allan Baker's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        . . .Last And Always         All the Saints         Beauty         Click         Dare         Dex & Abby         Eskandar         Five Minutes         Midsummer Night's Conversation, A         Midwinter Night's Conversation         Voices



. . .Last And Always

Synopsis:
On 9/11 a gay couple. . .one in the World Trade Center and one at their home in the city, say goodbye. Sometimes love takes us to a safe place when nothing else can.

Notes:
In November, 2013 this play was produced by the Theatre Dept. of the University of Guam as part of their annual student directed one act play festival. In January, 2014, "...last and always" was produced by the Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz, CA as part of their 19th annual "Eight Tens @ 8" short play festival. In July, 2014 this play was produced by the West Coast Players of Clearwater, FL as part of their annual ten minute play festival.

1st Produced:
Access Theatre, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10013     01 Jun 2009

Organisations:
Nativealiens Theatre Collective

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama Ten Min. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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All the Saints

Synopsis:
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 Navy pilot stationed in San Diego, fall in love. For the sake of his beloved, Alex renounces this love and leaves 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.

Notes:
Staged reading.

1st Produced:
Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Austin, Tx     2008

Organisations:
abby Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama; 130 minutes Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Beauty

Synopsis:
a great work of art changes hands and a tale of beauty is told. . .by the Dealer, the Collector and the Buyer.

Notes:
In May, 2015 this play will be produced by Phoenix Stage Company of Naugatuck, CT as part of their third one act play festival.

1st Produced:
Valley Repertory Company Theatre, Enfield, Connecticut.     23 Feb 2012

Organisations:
Valley Repertory Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Click

Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
In June, 2014 a staged reading of this play was produced by the Desert Rose Playhouse at the Tolerance Education Center of Rancho Mirage, CA as part of their month long Gay Pride celebration.

1st Produced:
Fronterafest Short Fringe Festival, Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Tx     2008

Organisations:
abby Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama; 25 minutes One act. - - Gay, one act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Dare

Synopsis:
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 home's administrator to try 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 in four 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 now complete. This play confronts the history of gay liberation, issues of aging in the gay community, the impact of AIDS, enduring homophobia, the dialogue between advocates of "gay assimilation" and "gay exceptionalism"...and the role of drag queens.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
[staged reading] Ground Floor Theatre, Austin, TX     24 Feb 2015

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Gay one act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dex & Abby

Synopsis:
Though Sean and Jim, a gay couple, are enjoying the beginning of a relationship and their new home, their dogs, Abby and Dex, are not. they do not get along at all, in fact. Abby, Sean's young dog, must learn to deal with Dex, who has been Jim'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 Jim in the resolution of theirs. Fortunately, all four characters are able to communicate in lovely and very unexpected ways: Sean and Jim to their respective dogs and the dogs to each other directly; and each dog to their respective human companions in "dreams". the strength of the communication helps the four deal, in a sweet moving and graceful manner with the loss of the much older dog, who hands off to Sean his life-long duty as Jim's "protector" and companion. A funny, sweet and very moving tribute to the importance of the companions with whom we share our lives the dogs are, of course, played by human actors.

Notes:
This play was given two performances in very well-received, fully staged readings at Salvage Vanguard theatre, Austin, Texas in March, 2013.

1st Produced:
Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, Texas     01 Mar 2013

Organisations:
Abby Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
Full length, two act "dramedy". Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  3 (2 in their 20s, one in his 60s)            Female:  2 (20s)            Other:  -

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Eskandar

Synopsis:
Inspired by Bizet's Carmen and the Shahnameh 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 military operation, meets Eskandar, the passionate and wild "kept boy" of an Afghan warlord. they develop a relationship that leads to tragedy.

Notes:
In 2014 Eskandar was a finalist in the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation's annual playwriting competition for plays on GLBT historical themes. In July, 2015 the play was given a staged reading by Wordsmyth Theatre Company and Stages Repertory Theatre, in Houston, as part of their annual Texas Playwright's Festival. Three plays were selected for the Festival from 71 submitted by playwrights across Texas.

1st Produced:
Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, TX. Staged reading.     01 Jul 2015

Organisations:
Wordsmyth Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama; 80 minutes Play/Drama. - - Gay, one act

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Five Minutes

Synopsis:
Three short scenes and five minutes in the lives of six characters as they deal with a terrible choice on Sept. 11, 2001. Five characters are trapped on one of the upper floors of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. In the first scene, two friends and co-workers discuss faith and family. In the second, two strangers discuss what has made their lives worth living. and in the last scene, a gay couple. . .one in the tower and one at their home in the city. . .must say goodbye.

Notes:
Produced by emerging Artists theatre in New York City in November, 2006 As part of their Fall Festival of Short Plays And in June 2007 in New York City As part of the Samuel French Festival of Off Off-Broadway One Act Plays. Produced in 2010 As part of "Connect: Four Short Plays" by Allan Baker, April 1st to 17th At the Off Center theatre in Austin, Texas. Produced for An encore performance on June 5th At the Rollins theatre of the Long Center As part of Austin's 2010 Pride Festival.

1st Produced:
Fronterafest Short Fringe Festival, Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Tx     2006

Organisations:
abby Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama; 18 minutes One act. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Midsummer Night's Conversation, A

Synopsis:
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 good actor. (Nudity.)

Notes:
In June, 2014 a staged reading of this play was produced by the Desert Rose Playhouse at the Tolerance Education Center of Rancho Mirage, CA as part of their month long Gay Pride celebration.

1st Produced:
The Off Center, Austin, Texas     01 Apr 2010

Organisations:
abby Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, one act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Midwinter Night's Conversation

Synopsis:
Jamie and Will have been in a loving, comfortable and mutually supportive relationship for seven years. But all relationships encounter unexpected challenges. That's when truth, sensitivity, self-awareness and honesty are most important. When one of the two is an actor...a very good actor...both the nature of the challenge and how the couple come to deal with it...can be quite...interesting.

Notes:
In September, 2015 this play will be premiered by Modus Vivendi Village Players at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario as part of their annual gay theatre festival.

1st Produced:
Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario.     10 Sep 2015

Organisations:
Modus Vivendi Village Players

1st Published:
http://abbyproductions.com/Plays/Playsindex.htm   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Gay one act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Voices

Synopsis:
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 bohemian granddaughter.

Notes:
a short, early version of this play was produced At the FronteraFest Short Fringe Festival, Hyde Park theatre, in Austin, Texas in 2007. the current version was A finalist for emerging Artists theatre's 2009 Spring Festival of Short Plays in New York City. As part of "Connect: Four Short Plays" by Allan Baker, this play was Also produced At the Rollins theatre of the Long Center on June 5th, 2010 As part of Austin's 2010 Pride Festival.

1st Produced:
The Off Center Theatre, Austin, Texas.     01 Apr 2010

Organisations:
abby Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama; 33 minutes One act. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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