DAVID DRAKE is a New York-based actor, writer, director, and teacher who has spent the past three decades creating new theater with a national and international profile. A native of Maryland, David is most widely known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest-running solo shows in NYC theatre history. With over 100 independent productions worldwide since its debut in 1992, his Larry Kramer has been translated into five languages. Its publication by Doubleday/Anchor Books received a Lambda Literary Award nomination. Shot as a feature film onstage at Baltimore Theatre Project, Tim Kirkman’s movie version of the play has screened in over 50 international film festivals, and enjoyed a limited theatrical release from TLA. In 2013, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, David adapted his solo show for a 12-member ensemble to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Directed by Robert La Fosse, the production featured David alongside such stars as Andre de Shields, Anthony Rapp, Wesley Taylor, Rory O’Malley, Robin de Jesus, and BD Wong.
As an actor, David got his Equity card replacing Charles Busch in the author/star's original off-Broadway company of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (856 performances). Other NY stage credits: Chay Yew’s A Language of Their Own (The Public), the first major revival of Mart Crowley’s Boys in the Band (Lucille Lortel), Greg Mehrten’s Pretty Boy (Mabou Mines), Chuck Ranberg’s End of the World Party (47th Street Theatre), Doric Wilson’s Street Theater (Actors’ Playhouse), and original cast of Pageant: The Musical (Miss Deep South). TV/FILM: “The Good Wife,” “NY Undercover,” “Law & Order” (repeat offender), Longtime Companion, It’s Pat, David Searching, Bear City, We Pedal Uphill, and Jonathan Demme’s Academy Award-winning Philadelphia. Regional appearances: Huntington, Old Globe, Great Lakes, Coconut Grove, Barrington Stage, Harvard/ART. As a director, David has staged new works in NYC at The Public’s “Under the Radar” Festival, Theatre for the New City, Rattlestick, Manhattan Theatre Source, Joe’s Pub, as well as regional and international productions. He has twice been a Directing Fellow at Sundance Theatre Lab. His acclaimed production of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge -- with a cast of 40 -- world premiered in NYC at HERE, and landed on the “Best of the Year” lists of The New Yorker, Time Out/NY, Village Voice, NY Post, The Advocate, and won a 2010 Obie Award.