Craig Houk

Craig Houk

Recommended by Craig Houk

  • Tennessee Wet Rub
    28 Feb. 2022
    Ruyle expertly tackles/dissects race relations in the 50s via a rustic tale filled with tension, danger, innocence, and humanity. Set in a Tennessee BBQ restaurant repurposed from an old barn, the owners are compelled to provide shelter to a young mixed race couple who are on their way to Detroit, where it's legal to get married. The sheriff arrives, however, throwing a wrench into things and pushing everyone to their limits. At the heart of this piece, though, is the wet rub recipe that gets passed from one culture to another. Exceptional storytelling and exquisitely devised characters. Fantastic work.
  • The Admission
    23 Feb. 2022
    Saint Teresa of Calcutta was no saint, according to the word of John (Busser). This is an absolutely hysterical, wildly unholy take on the backstory of the beloved religious icon. Perfect for any church gathering or potentially a festival of shorts. Busser is a comedic genius. Highly recommend.
  • Grand Dragon in Power
    16 Feb. 2022
    Absolutely tragic that an innocent woman - whose only objective was to find love and to have a better life - would have to pay the ultimate price in the process. If anything positive is to be gleaned from it, it's that her death played a significant role in the downfall of what was regarded as the second manifestation of the KKK. Baker delivers a riveting drama filled with compelling characters and tightly crafted dialogue. The play is set in 1925 but it could just as well be set in 2025 since not much has changed. Exceptional work.
  • The Author
    5 Feb. 2022
    A fantastic commentary on aging writers and how they're generally received in a modern world (not well, let me tell you). Bicknell pits a grandmother against her two granddaughters in this sometimes very funny, sometimes dark, sometimes heartwarming play. What are we willing to do to stay relevant and creative as we sink into our dotage? The playwright keeps the stakes high throughout. Wonderfully crafted dialogue and beautifully developed characters. Highly recommend.
  • Cleaning Gravestones
    28 Jan. 2022
    Another exceptional work by Cathro. The father speaks the truth while the daughter deflects as disappointment hangs heavy in the air. The playwright delivers this complicated scene with tons of heart and humor. Things will likely never change but there’s a tinge of hope that perhaps they might. Beautiful dialogue, fully realized characters and some exquisite world building in a very short amount of time. Highly recommend.