Cast: 5 or more actors (3 F and 2 M) split 17 speaking roles - Performance Time: Approximately 118 minutes.
SYNOPSIS - Nia, a sexual abuse survivor attending graduate school to become a therapist, is assigned mentorship over 16-year-old Nikki and 17-year-old Remy. Mentorship goes well with Nikki, but Remy presents several challenges: he walls off his abuse as something he’s in full control of; he questions Nia’s motives for becoming a therapist; he tries to get her to do MDMA (ecstasy), as he’s read it’s an effective treatment for PTSD related to abuse; he finds Nia’s estranged abusive stepfather on social media, all this among other manipulative and inconsiderate behavior.
And when Remy gets Nia to go to his favorite club with him, we learn of his entanglement with the club owner, who is dealing him drugs for sexual favors. Later, Nia’s attempts to get through to Remy about his abuse and his behavior are interrupted when he makes a pass at her. Then, for reasons stemming both from Remy’s antics and her own search for healing and self-mastery, Nia decides to contact her stepfather. But her designs on confrontation and closure are waylaid by the fact that he is in a coma, under the care of his probably-homicidal wife.
After this, Nia gets word that there’s been an altercation between Remy and the club owner, and that Remy slapped Nikki after trying to have sex with her. Nia then returns to explore how a truly complete healing of their experiences with abuse could be possible, for either of them.
Welcome to the website for The Creek -- "When a sexual abuse mentor’s career path is derailed by a troubled and manipulative abuse victim, she will have to dive deep into her past to discover whether healing cycles of abuse is truly her calling in life." Below you'll find a synopsis, demo tracks, cast requirements, run time, script and score samples, as well as video of a few songs presented at a showcase, and some snippets from when The Creek was selected for Festival 56's 2019 "New Works Reading."
"I applaud Rick for tackling such a complicated subject in "The Creek." The music
is engaging and universal and compliments the text. The subtle stylized
approach through the use of masks creates another layer of creativity. This play works!"
-Margo Hall, UC Berkeley Dept. of Theater
The Creek - Demo Tracks
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