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The Deal and the Descent 2009 Last Modified: Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Deal and the Descent
by Zak Powers
Directed by Back Pocket Productions
March 2009


The Deal and The Descent are Volumes 3 and 4 of the four-part series: The Charlie Cooke Saga. It is a film-noir-style-hard-boiled-detective-fiction-crime-drama. Our hero, Charlie Cooke, is a gritty detective who strives to find veracity in a crooked city. Throughout parts 3 and 4, he struggles with dames, deals, deaths, Deuces, and other delusional dilemmas that start with the letter "D". Periodically, he conveys these conflicts through narration, often using ridiculous metaphors and irrelevant similes. The Deal and the Descent is a stylistic, and often cliché ridden, look at an era where the thin lines between right and wrong were easily rubbed-out.

Charlie Cooke is The Hero. A hard-boiled, conflicted detective with a heart of lead.

Jack McCormick is The Boss. A stressed Irish police chief with drinking and marital problems.

Vinnie "the Wop" Videcci is The Villain. An overweight, influential mobster with a shrewd sense of humor.....

Trixie Harmon is The Femme Fatale. A rarely distressed damsel with a classy attitude and legs to boot.

"Deuces" is The Crony. A shady criminal with a devil-may-care attitude and a butterfly knife he flips subconsciously.

Robert "Bobby" Roberts is The Kid. A respectable young cadet with a heart of gold. His late father was Charlie's partner.

Frangela "Frannie" Burkowsky is The Sweetheart. A trendy young waitress with a soft spot for detectives.

Rudy is The Patron. A scruffy customer at the diner.

And The Thug. A silent henchman who shadows Vinnie.

Role Actor
Charlie Cooke: Tommy Hampton
Jack McCormick: Josh Williams
Vinnie "the Wop" Videcci: Barry Benning
Trixie Harmon: Miranda Hood-Brewer
Deuces: Cameron Jones
Robert "Bobby" Roberts: Chris Powers
Frangela "Frannie" Burkowsky: Holly DeSamburg
Rudy: actor TBD
The Thug: Eric Dziurkowski
Our Crew
Producer: Back Pocket Productions
Director: Back Pocket Productions
Prop Master: Joshua Jackson
Window Artwork: Tracy Collier
Graphic Design: Kyle Name
Lights/Sound: Zak Powers
Webmaster: John Lukas

The Pocket Theatre, Hot Springs
Molly Powers
Brick House Grill, Hot Springs
Pompeii, Hot Springs
KLAZ 105.9 FM Hot Springs Pop Hit Radio - Staci Morgan
The Springs Magazine, Hot Springs
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Eric Overacker Photography
Bethany @ Salon Muzu Muzu (Hair Stylist)

Our sincere apology to all those whom we inadvertantly omitted.

A special thanks to ALL of those who have worked so hard to make Back Pocket Productions the success it is!!