COLD RAIN, set just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and taking place between the years 1959 and 1989, is the story of Carly Weekes, an unattached young woman who lives with her older sisters, Lolly Weekes and Shirley Weekes, all witches. Determined to lure a husband Carly’s way, the three women cast a circle to conjure a gifted recording artist from Colorado named Joe Rekowski. During the invocation, however, Shirley, skeptical of Carly’s witching abilities, hijacks the proceedings and casts a spell so dubious that Lolly deems it a curse. Seven years later, Lolly, while trying to undo the magic that has been done, mysteriously vanishes and is presumed dead. Sixteen years later, Carly, now 45 and married to Joe, is raising two children primarily on her own: 16 year old Bryson Rekowski who is awkwardly navigating his sexuality by engaging in a turbulent relationship with a bully named Fisher Hickman and 23 year old Johnny Rekowski, an imaginative young adult who still lives at home and who becomes the target of an investigation into the mysterious drowning of twin sisters, Tina and Rose Pacheco. Rounding out the cast are Donna Pagnotto, Bryson's best friend, a teenager wise beyond her years, Lydia Pacheco, the twins’ mother, Prudence Peele, Johnny’s other-worldly counselor and Darci Meir, a detective who is keenly interested in the Pacheco case. COLD RAIN is a dark and, sometimes, comical tale of ill-conceived machinations, misdirected resentment and repressed desire.
On May 8, 2017, Cold Rain received a public reading of Act 1 at Studio 1469, featuring Laureen Smith as Carly Weekes-Rekowski, Mindy Shaw as Lolly Weekes, Sue Schaffel as Shirley Weekes, Grant Collins as Bryson Rekowski , Devin Horne as Fisher Hickman, Adrian Jesus Iglesias as Johnny Rekowski, Nerissa Hart as Donna Pagnotto, and Andrew Filicicchia as Joe Rekowski. The piece was directed by Craig Houk. Washington, DC
SOLITAIRE SIX PACK
Solitaire Six Pack is a series of solo pieces that take a very candid look at gay life, detailing the personal lives of some of society's deviants, misfits and social outcasts. It's an exploration into loneliness versus being alone. It's also an investigation into the darker side of queerness and a celebration of survival in the face of nefarious adversity. These six short plays are a celebration of gay sub cultures and the divergent individuals who have risen above the stereotypes to tackle adversity head on and survive in their own way.
All six pieces received a staged reading with Ubiquity Stage on Feb 8, 2000, featuring Craig Houk in all six roles. (Boston, MA)
All six pieces received a workshop performance with The Actors Center on Aug 15, 2000, featuring Craig Houk in all six roles. (S. Boston, MA)
All six pieces received a workshop performance with the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre on Sep 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2000 featuring Craig Houk in all six roles. (Chicago, IL)
All six pieces received a staged reading with the Arlington Center for the Arts as part of their Festival of New Works on Nov 3 & 4, 2000 featuring Craig Houk in all six roles. (Arlington, MA)
All six pieces received their world premiere performance with Ubiquity Stage, May 3 – May 12, 2001, featuring Craig Houk in all six roles. (Boston, MA)
Porn Star received a performance with Heart & Dagger Productions as part of their SUCH TIMES: A Sex Fest of Original Work, Mar 7 – Mar 9, 2013, featuring Noah Tobin. (Boston, MA)
Porn Star received a performance with The Klunch as part of their Mucho Kluncho Talent Show, Sep 23, 2017, featuring Craig Houk. (Washington, DC)
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