Welcome to the website for The Creek - "When a sexual abuse mentor’s career path is upended by a troubled 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
Cast: 5 or more actors (3 F and 2 M) split 17 speaking roles - Performance Time: Approximately 118 minutes.
SYNOPSIS - Nia is a sexual abuse survivor attending graduate school to become a therapist, when her own therapist assigns her mentorship over 16-year-old Nikki and 17-year-old Remy. Mentorship goes well with Nikki, but Remy presents several challenges: he shrugs off, or walls off, his abuse as something he’s in full control of; he questions Nia’s motives for becoming a therapist; he attempts to get her to try drugs, including 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, among other manipulative and inconsiderate behavior.
When Remy gets Nia and Nikki to hang out with him at his favorite club, we learn about 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 has had a stroke, and is now under the care of his possibly homicidal wife.
Nia is again interrupted when she gets word that there’s been an altercation between Remy and the club owner, and that Remy lost control and pushed Nikki into a wall. Nia then returns to explore how a truly complete healing of their experiences with abuse might be possible, for any of them.
The Creek - Demo Tracks
Writer Favorites: 03, 07, 10, 12, 17, 19