Cold Rain

Published by NEXT STAGE PRESS. Two Acts (~ 2.5 Hours). Carly Weekes and her sisters, Lolly and Shirley, are witches. Determined to find Carly a mate, the three cast a circle to summon a popular recording artist from Colorado. However, Shirley casts what appears to be a dubious and deadly spell. Worried that Carly and her new family might now be cursed, Lolly endeavors to reverse the hex, but fails, resulting in...
Published by NEXT STAGE PRESS. Two Acts (~ 2.5 Hours). Carly Weekes and her sisters, Lolly and Shirley, are witches. Determined to find Carly a mate, the three cast a circle to summon a popular recording artist from Colorado. However, Shirley casts what appears to be a dubious and deadly spell. Worried that Carly and her new family might now be cursed, Lolly endeavors to reverse the hex, but fails, resulting in her expulsion to an alternate world. Years later, twin sisters Tina and Rose Pacheco mysteriously drown. The case goes cold, but many believe Carly’s oldest son, Johnny, is responsible. Cold Rain is an account of a family bound by black magic, a dark and comical tale of ill-conceived machinations, misdirected resentment, and repressed desire.
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  • Cheryl Bear:
    14 Oct. 2021
    A fascinating look inside the casting of spells and the magic that can either be a blessing or a curse for all. Well done.
  • Marjorie Bicknell:
    6 Sep. 2021
    Craig Houk, you made me buy your play! That's how much I was enjoying it when I reached the end of the sample. I loved the characters, the pace, the way you mingled time and place to enrich your story. I couldn't stop reading! I imagine this piece would be oh! so much better on stage. It's funny, complex, and sad all at the same time. I hope I get to see it someday!
  • Donald E. Baker:
    29 Jul. 2021
    "Cold Rain" is full of magic, but the most impressive is Craig Houk’s ability to make the supernatural seem perfectly natural. Unlike Shakespeare’s howling wilderness crones, Houk’s three weird sisters are literally the witches next door. They are neither evil nor benign, but when they cast a love spell it has tragic and generational consequences for every person and relationship around them. Houk cunningly constructs the play to reveal each secret, motivation, and detail drip by inexorable drip. The strong characters, story, and atmosphere of "Cold Rain" should provide audiences with a memorable theatrical experience.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Studio 1469 (Washington, D.C.)
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Fringe
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    Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, D.C.)
    ,
    2018

Awards

Audience Choice
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Best Drama
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Capital Fringe Festival
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2018
Honorable Mention
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Best of Capital Fringe
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DC Metro Theater Arts
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2018