Lost In Place (Anthology)

5 One Acts (~75 mins) Lost In Place is an anthology of five short intersecting plays, many of which can stand alone, but are intended to be performed as a group:

BARBARA & JODY: A few weeks into a world-wide pandemic, Barbara is called into a police station to provide a witness statement. Jody, the detective assigned to the case, has a special request.

HANK & TEDDY: Early...
5 One Acts (~75 mins) Lost In Place is an anthology of five short intersecting plays, many of which can stand alone, but are intended to be performed as a group:

BARBARA & JODY: A few weeks into a world-wide pandemic, Barbara is called into a police station to provide a witness statement. Jody, the detective assigned to the case, has a special request.

HANK & TEDDY: Early into a world-wide pandemic, good-natured Teddy, from across the road, checks in on his surly neighbor, Hank. A delicate exchange results in a bad decision.

MARLENE & GINNY: Early into a world-wide pandemic, Marlene and her mother-in-law, Ginny, decide to get fancy and make martinis. Their fun, however, is interrupted by that damn lesbian from next door, who's hell-bent on stealing their rutabagas. Seems Dwayne, Marlene's infant child, has slept through the whole ruckus.

TRINA & ADELE: A year or so into a world-wide pandemic, Adele pays Trina a visit to follow up on a commitment she made.

RHONDA & DANIELLE: Two or more years into a world-wide pandemic, next door neighbors, Rhonda and Danielle, gossip with one another while dealing with the loss of their significant others.
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Lost In Place (Anthology)

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  • Doug DeVita:
    13 Jun. 2021
    Individually, these short plays are tender, funny, sad, touching, horrifying… but when read collectively they create a stunning portrait of people coping with a world turned upside down; yes, they may all take place during the current pandemic, but Houk’s piercing view of humanity is filled with universal truths that will allow them to remain fresh, and relevant.
  • Vince Gatton:
    12 Jun. 2021
    This anthology play hits several sweet spots for me: I love apocalyptic fiction, hard-tongued working-class characters, and quilt-like story structure that lets me connect the dots. Craig Houk nails the center of that Venn diagram here, with his funny, sad, and insightful portrait of a small community during a catastrophic global crisis. Hopping around in time from the early days of an outbreak which looks a lot like our covid-19, then extending years later to what might be humanity’s last gasps, this terrific series of two-handers keeps the focus hyperlocal — on the messy, real people just muddling through.
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    11 Jun. 2021
    Taken individually, these vignettes provide an insight to the way some people respond to the world-wide terror that came upon us. Instead of a macro-vision of humanity and the global impact, Craig Houk shows these ten people and their intersecting moments in their lives. Taken as a whole, "Lost In Place" is a laid-back and laconic view of dealing with change, loss, and fear, and this makes it all that more compelling and intense. Stand alone or together, it's a powerful way to reflect on our human nature.