Craig Houk

Craig Houk

Craig Houk is a D.C. based playwright, actor and director.

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Plays

  • Radiator
    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...
    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.
  • Syd
    Between 7:53 PM and 8:19 PM on Sunday, June 24th, 1973, thirty-two men perished in a fire at The Upstairs Lounge, a sanctuary bar for working-class homosexual men in New Orleans. On that same evening, just several blocks north, nearly a dozen women, including a gifted young nursing student named Sydney (Syd) Trahan, were taken into custody and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct for dancing together at...
    Between 7:53 PM and 8:19 PM on Sunday, June 24th, 1973, thirty-two men perished in a fire at The Upstairs Lounge, a sanctuary bar for working-class homosexual men in New Orleans. On that same evening, just several blocks north, nearly a dozen women, including a gifted young nursing student named Sydney (Syd) Trahan, were taken into custody and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct for dancing together at Brady’s, a notorious lesbian bar in the French Quarter. Hopeful that the deadly fire and the controversy surrounding its multiple victims might overshadow Syd’s arrest, Bud, a reputable blacksmith, and Helen, a God-fearing woman, do everything in their power to curtail the impact of their daughter’s transgression on their seemingly near perfect lives.​
  • Cold Rain
    Carly Weekes is a witch. And so too are her older sisters, Lolly and Shirley. Determined to find Carly a mate, the three cast a circle to summon a popular recording artist from Colorado named Joe Rekowski. During the incantation, however, Shirley, critical of Carly’s witching abilities, hijacks the proceedings and casts a dubious and possibly deadly spell. Worried that Carly and her intending husband &...
    Carly Weekes is a witch. And so too are her older sisters, Lolly and Shirley. Determined to find Carly a mate, the three cast a circle to summon a popular recording artist from Colorado named Joe Rekowski. During the incantation, however, Shirley, critical of Carly’s witching abilities, hijacks the proceedings and casts a dubious and possibly deadly spell. Worried that Carly and her intending husband & offspring might now be cursed, Lolly endeavors to reverse the hex, but fails dramatically, resulting in her expulsion to an alternate world. Years later, twin sisters Tina and Rose Pacheco mysteriously drown. And though the case goes cold, many believe that Carly’s oldest son, Johnny, may have had something to do with their deaths. COLD RAIN is an account of a family bound by black magic; a dark and sometimes comical tale of ill-conceived machinations, misdirected resentment, and repressed desire.
  • Lost in Place
    Two or more years into a world-wide pandemic, a couple of neighbors gossip with one another while dealing with the loss of their significant others.
  • Tethered
    On the eve of his confirmation to SCOTUS, Edwin Spratt and his wife, Abigail, sit down for an intimate dinner that quickly turns contentious. Edwin has been accused of sexual assault. He can prove his innocence, but it would require revealing a secret that would anger his supporters and put his career and reputation at stake.
  • Brute Farce [Act One Only]
    Four vengeful, narcissistic actors, with the assistance of a brutish stage manager and a cynical stagehand, kidnap and hold hostage a theater critic notorious for shutting down productions and ending careers through his malicious reviews. To confound matters, they intend to carry their plan out during a performance of a show they’re all currently appearing in. Less than an hour before the curtain is due to rise...
    Four vengeful, narcissistic actors, with the assistance of a brutish stage manager and a cynical stagehand, kidnap and hold hostage a theater critic notorious for shutting down productions and ending careers through his malicious reviews. To confound matters, they intend to carry their plan out during a performance of a show they’re all currently appearing in. Less than an hour before the curtain is due to rise, their scheme begins to quickly unravel as we discover that none of the conspirators are familiar with the actual plan or its designed outcome. The results are at once dark and hilarious. Brute Farce is a satirical commentary on the perpetually symbiotic, oftentimes dysfunctional, and occasionally turbulent relationship between actors and reviewers.
  • Porn Star
    An effete middle-aged porn actor invites a young man to his home only to discover he’s not age of consent. A man of morals, the porn actor decides to, instead of put his sexual prowess on display, share his wisdom & experience with the young man. This proves to be a challenge, considering the young man has only one thing on his mind.
  • Relationship Expert
    A hopelessly single gay man shares his meticulous views on relationships with an unsuspecting and disinterested man on the prowl at a night club.
  • Diva
    A celebrated elderly actress takes a role in an off Broadway production and is compelled to share a dressing room with an up and coming starry-eyed young actress. A torch is passed in a most unexpected way.
  • Aloof
    A reclusive patient shares his sexual exploits and his fantasies of murder with a psychiatrist who has just been assigned to his case.
  • Dirty Bum
    A young actor, fresh from a stage production in which he appears nude, navigates a complicated intimate relationship over the phone during a cab ride that takes him from location to location. Emotions run high as he decides whether he should go home to be alone or to his lover's apartment for who knows what.
  • Words
    An aging writer, unable to use his hands, hires a young man to write his memoir for him. As he dictates his story, however, the young man falls asleep. Undeterred, the writer shares a memory from his youth where, while playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, he attempted to exit the stage, but was stopped by what may have been an apparition with a cryptic message.