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David Drake Productions

Actor

David is most widely known for his Obie Award-winning performance in his self-penned one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. One of the longest-running solo shows in New York theater history, after a year-long stay at the Perry Street Theater, in 1993 David took Larry Kramer on the road for nearly three more years, including extended runs in London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Manchester, Glasgow, Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he won two Dramalogue Awards and a Frontiers Magazine “Robby Stevens” Award. David committed his work to permanence in 2000 with Tim Kirkman’s feature film version of the show, shot live onstage at the Baltimore Theatre Project in David’s Maryland home town. The movie of Larry Kramer played over 35 international film festivals, was released theatrically by FilmNext, and has been broadcast on Here! TV. It is currently available on DVD from TLA Releasing.

Some of David’s other major New York stage appearances include succeeding Charles Busch in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (856 performances!), playing opposite B.D. Wong in Chay Yew’s A Language of Their Own at the Public Theater, assuming the title role in Greg Merhten’s Pretty Boy with Mabou Mines at the Performing Garage, starring alongside David Greenspan and Christopher Sieber in the revival of The Boys in the Band at the Lucille Lortel Theater, co-starring off-Broadway with Jim J. Bullock in Chuck Ranberg’s End of the World Party, and originating Miss Deep South in Bill Russell’s Pageant, directed by Bobby Longbottom. David went solo again in 2002 with the critically acclaimed one-man-show Son of Drakula at Dance Theater Workshop, when he was an artist-in-residence there. On Broadway, David played Tommy Boatwright in the all-star benefit reading of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, which featured Eric Bogosian, Kevin Bacon and Stockard Channing and received an onstage introduction from Barbra Streisand. The performance is available on Simon & Schuster audio books.

David made his feature film debut in Craig Lucas’s groundbreaking Longtime Companion. Other movies include It’s Pat, David Searching, Peoria Babylon, Naked in New York, Hit and Runway and Jonathan Demme’s Academy Award-winning Philadelphia. He has also been seen in dozens of international film festivals in the shorts Night Falls Fast, Cater-Waiter, Jeffery’s Hollywood Screen Trick, Black Oolong, 15 Minutes, Cruise Control and in the tile role of The Trey Billings Show, for which David won a Best Actor citation from the faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts in the NYU Film Festival. (Trey Billings is available on DVD from First Run Features in their shorts compilation, Queer as F**k.) David is also featured in Lisa Collins’s Tree Shade, which was honored with the Academy Award for Best Student Film of 1998. Most recently, David was featured in Roland Tec’s critically acclaimed 2009 feature We Pedal Uphill, and has a fun cameo in Douglas Langway’s upcoming romantic comedy BearCity.

On television, Law & Order fans will recognize David as a repeat offender (three episodes!) as well as the suspected Botox killer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Other TV guest spots include New York Undercover, The Beat and Bob. And as a subject, David has been interviewed on MTV News, Entertainment Tonight, Comedy Central’s Indecision, The Joy Behar Show, The Joan Rivers Show, Phil Donahue and Nightline.