Radiator

One Act (~75 mins). Lou Brunazzi and André Cooper live across the hall from each other in a shabby apartment building in Hunts Point, NY. In the space between their units stands a noisy RADIATOR, which is connected to a deteriorating boiler. Determined to stop the whistling, hissing and banging that’s keeping him awake at night, André endeavors to turn the thermostat off, but is cut short by Lou who is...
One Act (~75 mins). Lou Brunazzi and André Cooper live across the hall from each other in a shabby apartment building in Hunts Point, NY. In the space between their units stands a noisy RADIATOR, which is connected to a deteriorating boiler. Determined to stop the whistling, hissing and banging that’s keeping him awake at night, André endeavors to turn the thermostat off, but is cut short by Lou who is determined to keep the radiator running at all costs. What begins as a battlefield between two seemingly inconsolable men evolves, bit by bit, into a makeshift sitting room where the pair begin to form a unique bond, which, in due course, grows into an enduring friendship.
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Radiator

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  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    8 May. 2021
    Two men with nothing in common except a shared space in the hall between their apartments... and a deep and abiding friendship that germinates and grows in spite of their best efforts to keep a distance. Yes, it's a buddy story, but the beauty of "Radiator" is that however often we see it, there is always something about human nature that can be revealed. Lou and André create a bond that takes us immediately into their hearts and ours as well.
  • Vivian Lermond:
    4 May. 2021
    It takes skill to craft multi-dimensional characters and realistic dialogue, and Houk delivers. His characters (Lou and Andre) portray the gamut of human emotions in a well-paced story arc that takes us through conflict, tension and onward to discovery and a satisfying resolution. A masterful work that blends both humor and pathos!
  • Vince Gatton:
    26 Apr. 2021
    My inner Oscar the Grouch is always drawn to prickly, irascible characters, and Craig Houk is consistently good at drawing out the full humanity of the gruffest and grumpiest non-people-persons without ever compromising the sharp edges that make them great. He does it again here, with two characters who defy stereotypes and a gentle story that sees your expectations coming and quietly but defiantly rejects them. A funny, idiosyncratic two-hander with a great sense of humor and well-earned pathos (as long as you don't get too mushy about it. Otherwise it's vaffanculo to you).

Character Information

  • LOU BRUNAZZI
    50s,
    Italian American
    ,
    Male
  • ANDRÉ COOPER
    40s,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Male

Development History

Awards

Honorable Mention
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Dominion Stage Playwriting Completion
,
Dominion Stage of Arlington County
,
2020