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Scripts available for theater production and stage readings.

PERFORMANCES

THEATER PRODUCTIONS & STAGED READINGS

Hudson River Classics Hudson, NY | Congregation Knesset Israel Pittsfield, MA

CHOICES

Hedgerow Theater Rose Valley, PA | Love Creek Productions NYC |  Playwrights Circle Palm Springs, CA | Stage 3 Theatre Company, Sonora, CA

GORKED!

O’Neill Playwrights Conference Waterford, CT

SAINTLY MOTHER

Playwrights Center San Francisco, CA | Lark Theatre, NYC | Brick Playhouse Philadelphia, PA

TOM, DICK AND HARRIET

Hudson River Classics, Hudson, NY

PROPER PROTOCOL

Hedgerow Theatre Rose Valley, PA | World Premiere Theatre Eureka, CA | New York State Theater Syracuse, NY

FINAL EDITION

Hudson River Classics Hudson, NY | Bloomington Playwrights Project Bloomington, IN

CANDIDE DOES AMERICA

Walnut Street Theatre Philadelphia, PA

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

Wilma Theatre Philadelphia, PA | Dubuque Fine Arts Players Dubuque, IA | International Theatre Vienna, Austria | City Theatre Co. Pittsburgh, PA | Drama League of New York NYC | Dayton Playhouse Dayton, OH

WORDS

New Plays for Dog Days Norfolk, VA | Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Beverly Hills, CA | Theatres Breaking Through Barriers NYC | Hudson River Classics Hudson, NY

THE PASSAGE

Hedgerow Theatre Rose Valley, PA | International Mystery Writers Festival Owensboro, KY

THE LAST APPOINTMENT

Hedgerow Theatre Rose Valley, PA

HEART THROB & HIGHFLYER

PLAYWRIGHTING AWARDS

Dubuque Fine Arts Players Festival Award * Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Fellowship * Drama League of New York Award * NY State Theatre Award * Dayton Playhouse Prize * Norfolk New Plays for Dog Days Festival Winner* Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Prize * San Francisco Playwrights Centers Showcase * Stanley Drama Award of Wagner College * New York City’s Love Creek Productions Award * Lark Theater Showcase * Stage Three Theatre Festival * Philadelphia Brick Playhouse International Award * Playwrights Circle * Hudson River Classics Award * International Mystery Writers Festival Winner* New York’s Breaking Through Barriers * Hudson River Classics * Jewish Ensemble Theatre * Reston Community Players

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Donald C. Drake

January 12, 1935 – June 24, 2017

About playwright Donald C. Drake aka Don Drake
Journalist and Playwright

Donald C. Drake was a writer all through his life, first as a precocious kid in grade school and later as both a journalist and playwright. While working as a reporter and an editor he cultivated complex news events into compelling, informative narrative stories. Like his journalistic writing, Don’s theater scripts were built on his skills and insights, often bringing to attention ethical and personal issues via the stage with artful creativity.

At the Philadelphia Inquirer, Don became a master of narrative writing and storytelling, incorporating playwriting techniques to dramatize and explain complex science, medical and news events. He was an original newspaperman. However, Don acknowledged playwriting was his first love and eventually left the newsroom to dedicate himself full-time to the development of stories for a more creative and artistic medium — the stage.

Don stood out as an exceptional prize-winning journalist. He also received accolades and applause from the world of theater – honored with 20 awards for his playwriting. 

His life of writing lives on.

Donald C. Drake was a member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and the Dramatists Guild of America and a supporter of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

A Theater Colleague Adds...

“Don’s accomplishments in the theater were in some ways as impressive as his achievements in journalism. For example, he won one of the of the most prestigious awards given to American playwrights: a place in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. And rather than community theatres, his plays were performed largely at professional and regional theatres, both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at arts and theatre festivals. He received a number of major grants to develop his work, including one that allowed him a month of uninterrupted writing in a Scottish castle! 

So while his contributions to journalism were important and undeniable, I want to be sure that his passionate love affair with the theatre is also remembered and celebrated for what is was: extraordinary. In fact, everything about him struck me as extraordinary.”

Playwriting Organizations

Philadelphia Young Playwrights

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