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Drakula

David Drake Productions

David made his playwrighting debut in 1992 with the autobiographical one-man play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. After a year-long stay at New York’s Perry Street Theater, Larry Kramer, as directed by Chuck Brown, became one of the longest-running solo shows in New York theater history. Following the off-Broadway run, the playwright/performer took the show on tour and premiered his work in San Francisco (Life on the Water), Los Angeles (Tiffany), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Traverse), Glasgow (Tron), Manchester (Library Theatre), London (King’s Head), Melbourne (Universal Theatre) and Sydney (Belvoir St. Theatre). Performed by others, Larry Kramer has to date received over 50 independent productions in professional, community and university theaters in the United States. For international productions, the play has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and French. In English, Larry Kramer has also been seen in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. With a forward by Michelangelo Signorile, the Anchor Books publication of Larry Kramer received a 1994 Lambda Literary Award nomination for Best New Play. A live performance film of the play, in which David starred, was directed by the Emmy nominated filmmaker Tim Kirkman. The movie was distributed theatrically by FilmNext. It was broadcast on Here! TV and is currently available on DVD from TLA Releasing.

David’s second autobiographical one-man play was Son of Drakula. The play chronicled David’s genealogical quest to unearth the roots of his legal birth name David Drakula. Directed by Chuck Brown, the production world premiered at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop while David was a artist-in-residence there in 2002, and was described by The New York Times upon its opening as “A dazzling, inventive... terrific new one man show.” Son of Drakula was subsequently produced regionally at the Baltimore Theatre Project, San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center and the Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage, Alaska (an organization that co-commissioned the piece with DTW). As directed by Kathleen Brant, Son of Drakula made its European debut in Croatia in the 2003 Queer Zagreb Arts Festival, followed by an engagement in Rijeka.

Another of David’s solo plays is the work-in-progress Agrippina & the Secret History of Drag, which the Obie Award-winning performer began developing at Dixon Place in New York in 2004. David’s multi-charactered plays include Bob Shoots Little Joe and the trilogy of one-acts Fire Island Fairy Tales. From the latter, the one-act Mami Gets Dressed was chosen as a finalist in the 2008-09 Maxim Muzumdar New Play Competition at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, NY.

In 1999 David collaborated with screenwriters David Briggs and Carl Capotorto to create the cable access satire The Trey Billings Show. The 25-minute short film, featuring David in multiple roles alongside the inspired comic actors Reed Birney and Jay Rogers, has been screened at Outfest, Connecticutt Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Baltimore Queer Film Festival, NYU Film Festival and at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Directed by David Briggs, The Trey Billings Show can be seen on DVD in the First Run Features compilation of shorts, Queer as F**k.

As a journalist, David has published features on the arts in Details, The Advocate, Time Out New York, POZ, Genre, Mamm, Lambda Book Report, Broadway.com and Playbill, for whom David has penned the “Cabaret Beat” column in the national edition of the magazine since 1997.

David has also contributed stories to the books George Magazine's 250 Ways to Make America Better (edited by Carolyn Mackler, Villard), Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (edited by Patrick Merla, Avon Books), which won a Lambda Literary Award as Best Collection of 1997, as well as writing the introduction to Alan Moore & Jose Villarrubia’s The Mirror of Love (Top Shelf Productions).

For his work as a playwright, David is the recipient of grants from the National Performance Network, Arts International and The Suitcase Fund. He has lectured on the creation of solo theater pieces at the New School, NYU, Columbia, Towson University, Pomona College and the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art.