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 ecstasy, as he’s read it’s an effective treatment for P.T.S.D. related to abuse; he finds Nia’s estranged abusive stepfather on social media; and in general acts like a manipulative and inconsiderate jackass.
When Remy gets Nia to go to the club with him 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 is in a coma, under the care of his probably-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 slapped Nikki after trying to have sex with her. She 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," a musical about an abuse mentor trying to heal cycles of abuse, interrupted by a troubled and manipulative abuse victim. Below you'll find a synopsis, demo tracks, cast requirements, run time, script and score samples, and videos presented at a recent showcase. Thanks for visiting!
"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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