John Patrick Trapper
- The Cell Phone Funeral
A farce about a gay man who dies in Los Angeles, and his dysfunctional family must finalize his affairs using only his cell phone to puzzle together the pieces of his life — pieces which they find difficulty understanding.
To be presented in Los Angeles in April 2008.
One-Act: 1 hr. 10 min. – 1 convertible set (apartment-funeral home)
5M: 22-34 (1 is a drag queen)
- Inside Andrew’s Head
Serial killer Andrew Cunanan is picked up at a bar by an obsessed gay man who is fully aware of Cunanan’s identity. This man forces Cunanan to confront his past, with the help of media clips showing the family members of Cunanan’s victims.
Written in 1997, it ran three weeks at the Boston Center for the Arts, generating controversy due to the proximity of Versace’s death by Cunanan. Not a glorification of the killer, but an exploration of dualities.
“Unadulterated drama that aggressively unravels Cunanan’s disturbing extremes of duality, charm, and psychosis.” – South End News, Boston
One-Act: 1 hr. 10 min. – 1 set
3M: 2 in upper 20s, 60
5F: 2 are 30, 50, 65, 80s
- How To Be A Fairy (The Guide to Gayness for Wannabees)
A comedic history of gay life: from the banishing of Steve from the Garden of Eden; to the coming out experiences in various ethnicities; to vacationing in Provincetown. A pre-recorded voice-over guides the audience through 16-odd vignettes about gay life. The play includes lyrics to four original songs.
Produced in Boston in 1996. The playwright will write — or allow written — new scenes to be added.
“A zany treat.” – Bay Windows, Boston
One-Act: multiple scenes, time variable – 1 set