Duncan Pflaster

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Duncan Pflaster (born 1973) is an American Off-Off-Broadway playwright, composer and actor. His first play Wilder and Wilder (a transvestite adaptation of Alice in Wonderland), was produced in 1995 at Florida Playwrights' Theatre in Hollywood, FL. He now lives in New York, where many of his plays have been produced in theatre festivals, such as the Spotlight On festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. His plays have often been labeled as magic realism; they frequently deal with metaphysical or science fiction plots, such as parallel universes, cloning, life extension, fairy tales and mythology. His writing often touches on themes of family, community, religion, and homosexuality. Pflaster is gay. [1] Many of his plays include nudity and frank sexual situations. [2]


  • Messin' With the Kid
    • Full-length Play Winner of the 4th Annual Vittum Prize for 2014.
  • Pocket Universe
    • One of the 8 winners of the Independent Play(w)rights Ten Minute Play Contest!
  • Fourteen Hundred and Sixty Sketches of Your Left Hand At The Secret Theatre, 2013
    • 2013 UNFringed Festival Award, Best Play
    • 2013 UNFringed Festival Award, Best Actor, Emilio P. Tirado
  • The Taint of Equality
    • 2012 Planet Connections Award, Outstanding Supporing Actor, Roberto Alexander
    • 2012 Planet Connections Award, Outstanding Sound Design, Duncan Pflaster
  • The Wastes of Time
    • 2012 Fruits of Distinction Award, Best Actress, Susan Barnes Walker
  • Bill's Threesome
    • 2012 Fruits of Distinction Award, Best Comedy Skit
  • The Tragedy of Dandelion
  • Sweeter Dreams
    • 2011 Planet Connections Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Douglas Rossi
    • 2011 Planet Connections Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Clara Barton Green
  • Mine or Yours
    • 2nd Place, Fresh Fruit Festival One-Act Competition
  • Say Something Shocking, or the spit-take Play
    • Winner Spare Change Theater's 2011 One-Minute Play Festival
  • The Empress of Sex
    • "Audience Favorite", MT Works NewBorn Festival 2011
    • Semi-Finalist, About Face Theatre's 2010 XYZ Festival of New Work
  • The Starship Astrov
    • 2010 MITF Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Jennifer Gawlik
  • The Thyme of the Season
    • 2010 Planet Connections Award, "Outstanding Playwriting for an Adaptation, Revival or Sequel"
    • 2010 Planet Connections Award, "Outstanding Costumes" Mark Richard Caswell
    • 2010 Planet Connections Congeniality Award - Duncan Pflaster
  • 2009 MITF Award, "Outstanding Supporting Actor" for his performance in Kyle Baxter and John Crefeld's I Hate Love.
  • Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants
    • 2008 MITF Award, "Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script Play OR Book of a Musical" (Tie with Monica Bauer for The Higher Education of Khalid Amir)
    • 2008 MITF Award, "Outstanding Overall Production of a New Comedy Play"
    • 2008 MITF Award, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play" Carlos Rafael Fernández (Tie with Eric Percival for Bubby's Shadow)
    • 2006 Spotlight On Award, "Best New Play (Writer's Award)"
  • Eternity: Time Without End




  • Pocket Universe A gay play about a scientist who makes a virtual universe for his office crush. Published in Smith & Kraus' Best 10-Minute Plays 2013, and in Independent Play(w)rights' Ten Minute Play Anthology.
  • Hate Myself in the Morning A play about the army and political prisoners, played out between a young woman and the policeman she brings home for a one-night stand.
  • Mine Or Yours a gay guy and his fag hag attempt to discern from clues whether an attractive man at a bar is gay or straight.
  • Patrick and Lisa's Wedding A bridesmaid ducks out of the wedding reception of her ex-boyfriend, and ends up bumping into the young bride, who is having second thoughts about her new husband.
  • Pinhead A partnered Gay man brings home a young man to seduce, and is caught by his partner.
  • The Fugly Train Two young pretty women have a philosophical crisis on the subway.
  • Six Silences in Three Movements An experimental work which contrasts the things people don't say in a relationship.
  • Hold Thy Peace, Thou Knave Backstage at a production of Twelfth Night, a last-minute understudy for Sir Toby Belch goes a little haywire onstage, causing consternation amongst the rest of the cast.
  • First to Fall Asleep A dark comedy about frat hijinx that get out of hand when a freshman passes out at a frat party.
  • Prince Charming, presented without comment An advertising executive begins to question the saleability of Cinderella and questions the women in his life about their feelings on the topic.
  • New Lang Syne Two ex-college friends who had a brief fling meet by coincidence on New Year's Day. One has continued the party lifestyle, while the other is responsible and sober.
  • (they kiss) A playwright writes and stars in a play so he can get to kiss an actress he has a crush on.

Non-Playwright Work[edit]

He writes comic sketches for Laughing Swingset Productions, available on YouTube and Funny Or Die.

He has also written freelance theatre reviews for BroadwayWorld.com and HX magazine.

He has written music on SongFight! under the name Level Nivelo - the band name is a reference to the Esperanto used in Red Dwarf

He is also the creator of and head photographer for The Naughty Jewish Boys Calendar, a photographic pinup calendar highlighting the erotic side of Jewish men. [3] [4] [5]


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