David Drake (born June 27, 1963) is an American playwright, stage director, actor and author. He is best known as the author and original performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, for which he received a Village Voice Obie Award, a 1994 Drama-Logue Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance," and a Robbie Stevens Frontiers Magazine Award for the same. Nominations include a 1994 LA Weekly Theater Award and a Lambda Literary Award nomination for "Best New Play of 1994" (published by Anchor Books).

David Drake
BornDavid Drakula
(1963-06-27) June 27, 1963 (age 61)
Edgewood, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, stage director, actor, author
Notable worksThe Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me
Notable awardsVillage Voice Obie Award, Drama-Logue Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance", Robbie Stevens Frontiers Magazine Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance"



Born as David Drakula in Edgewood, Maryland, and raised in Baltimore, he later began going by the name David Drake. He has Romanian roots.[1] Drake has contributed articles to the Advocate, TheaterWeek, and Details. One of the longest one-actor plays in Off Broadway history, Larry Kramer has received over thirty productions in nearly a dozen countries, and the published version was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

In 2000 Drake starred in a movie version of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. The movie was directed by Tim Kirkman and was filmed at Baltimore Theatre Project.

David Drake has appeared in the feature film Philadelphia and on the stage in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Pageant, The Boys in the Band, and A Language of Their Own.

He now lives in Provincetown, MA, where he is artistic director of The Provincetown Theater.




  • The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, New York : Anchor Books, 1994, 112 pages, ISBN 0-385-47204-8



As a director, David has directed Eric Bernat's Starstruck, That Woman: Rebecca West Remember, starring Anne Bobby, and The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, written and performed by Taylor Mac, which won a Herald Angel Award, A Latest Award, and an Argus Angel Award. In May 2009, his production of James Edwin Parker's 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night played to sold-out houses and rave reviews as part of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. He is currently working on directing Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, written and performed by Deborah Karpel, which premiered at the Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen, Germany, in June 2009.

In July 2009 he participated in the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, workshopping Taylor Mac's five-act musical Lily's Revenge. This was his second trip to Sundance, having directed the workshop of Edmund White's Terre Haute in 2005.

He is a frequent collaborator of New York producer Paul Lucas, for whom he has directed that Woman, The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, Stand Up/Lie Down, and Songs My Mother Never Taught Me.

He is currently the artistic director of the Provincetown Theater.


Genre Year Title Role Episodes Notes
Film 1989 Longtime Companion GMHC Volunteer
TV series 1992 Law & Order Voorman "Star Struck" 3 episodes total
Film 1993 Naked in New York Waiter
TV series 1993 Bob Patrick "Whose Card Is It Anyway?"
TV film 1993 Out There Himself
Film 1993 Philadelphia Bruno
Film 1994 It's Pat Gunther
TV series 1995 New York Undercover Mizek Rezami "Young, Beautiful and Dead"
Short film 1996 Cater-Waiter Gary 14 minutes
Film 1997 David Searching Mark
Film 1997 Peoria Babylon Jon Ashe
Short film 1998 Black Olung The Tea Lover 10 minutes
Short film 1998 Tree Shade Santa Claus 30 minutes
Short film 1999 15 Minutes The Artist 25 minutes
Film 1999 Hit and Runway Michael
Short film 1999 The Trey Billings Show Trey Billings / Dodie Day 30 minutes; writer; actor
Film 2000 The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me writer; actor
filmed in 1999, also on DVD and video, 2002 [2]
Short film 2001 Cruise Control Gary 7 minutes
Short film 2001 Jeffrey's Hollywood Screen Trick Voice of Gay Men voice actor; 11 minutes
TV series 2001 Law & Order Mr. Aldrich "Soldier of Fortune" 3 episodes total
TV series 2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jason "Suite Sorrow"
Film 2007 Night Falls Fast Guy
TV series 2008 Law & Order Herbert Wiggins "Bottomless" 3 episodes total
Film 2008 We Pedal Uphill Andy
Film 2010 BearCity Dr. Straube
TV series 2012 The Good Wife Jacques "Blue Ribbon Panel"
"Pants on Fire"
Film 2017 After Louie William Wilson

See also



  1. ^ Murphy, Tim (May 1, 2013). "A Very Enduring Kiss". POZ. Retrieved June 22, 2013.