David Houston
(516) 293-2638 –

$325 fee includes actors, reading stands, music and effects equipment,
and travel (Long Island and Queens); facility is asked to supply a performance area
about 8' x 12' and amplification if the space is large 
Running time is about 60 minutes 


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The Performers

Schedule of Performances

Photos for Publicity

Background Music


Reviews and Comments


The Performers

David Houston, writer/director, has appeared in leading roles in scores of plays and musicals, including Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Senex in A Funny Thing, Ben in Death of a Salesman, Major Bouvier in Grey Gardens, Herr Shultz in Cabaret and Horace Giddens in The Little Foxes, and Sir in The Dresser.  He is a published and produced writer of fiction and non-fiction. His original plays—including Let's Do It!, The Last Dance, The Ghost of Dorothy Parker, Murder and Madness and Poe, and The Dickens!—have been seen at a number of Long Island schools and libraries. His Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby (St. Martin's Press) was optioned for movie production, as was his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon (Leisure Books). Performance readngs include Travels With Charlie, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the first Sherlock Holmes novel Study in Scarlet.
Rick Heuthe,  is an accomplished character actor and singer with more than 25 years' theatrical experience.  His diverse leading roles include Norman in The Dresser, William Detweiler in How the Other Half Loves, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Amos in Chicago, Sir Joseph in H.M.S. Pinafore, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Ernie Cusack in Neil Simon's Rumors, and Paravaccini in Christie's The Mousetrap. He toured with an ensemble of six in Gilbert and Sullivan a la Carte, singing at least one number from every G&S operetta, featuring Rick performing the famous patter songs. He also had major roles in the world-premiere productions of The Mummy Musical (published by Dramatist's Play Service) and the popular cabaret revue Hollywood Exposed. He is Edgar Allan Poe in Houston's Murder and Madness and Poe, and plays Cole Porter in Houston's Let's Do It!

Schedule of Performances

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:00 pm — Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2:00 pm — Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 2:00, pm — Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall

Photos for Publicity
(In color upon request)


Theodore Roosevelt and an elephant he killed to help control the population

Golf at Bethpage/Farmingdale


A Fox Hunt's unexpected twist 


Horse racing


pheasants take flight


Polo on elephants, two riders each


 Long Island fishing


Atlantic Deep Sea Fishing

Long Island polo, resurrected

Background Music

Jazz from Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington, jazz-age themes from John Barry’s score for Chaplin,
African sounds from Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Congo, and orchestrals by Leroy Anderson.


  • Brooke-Hitching, Edward: FOX TOSSING AND OTHER FORGOTTEN AND DANGEROUS SPORTS, PASTIMES, AND GAMES, Touchtone, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY 2015

  • Cinquemani, Michael G.: NIGHT TIDES: THE STRIPER FISHING LEGEND OF BILLY THE GREEK, Fishtale Publications, Inc., Massapequa, NY, 2002

  • Dear, Tony: THE STORY OF GOLF IN FIFTY HOLES, Firefly Books, Quid Publishing, Buffalo, NY, 2015

  • Dennis, Patrick: AUNTIE MAME, AN IRREVERENT ESCAPADE, Vanguard Press, Penguin Books, New York, NY 1955

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott, THE GREAT GATSBY, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, NY, 1925

  • Francis, Dick: THE SPORT OF QUEENS, Autobiography, Penzler Books, Warner Books, New York, NY, 1957

  • Francis, Dick: FOUR COMPLETE NOVELS [Odds Against, Flying Finish, Blood Sport, Rat Race], Avenel Books, New York, NY, 1984

  • Hemmingway, Ernest: TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT, Introduction by Patrick Hemingway, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1999

  • McCullough, J.: GOLF IN THE YEAR 2000, Unwin Publishing, London, England, 1892

  • Roosevelt, Theodore: AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, NY, 1913, 1920

  • Roosevelt, Theodore: THROUGH THE BRAZILIAN WILDERNESS,Wilder Publications, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2008

   Comments about Literary Entertainments

David Houston, Rick Heuthe, Melanie Lipton, Steve Corbellini, and Diana Heinlein

Elsa Eisenberg, Weekend, Group Tour, and Volunteer Coordinator, Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum: "I loved the concept and thought it was a delightful show, thoroughly enjoyable." [At Coe Hall, Michael Bertolini played Hart.] Barbara Minerd, Adult Program Director, Garden City Public Library: "Our full-capacity audience were so attentive with this entertaining program. It was clever, funny, and amazing that the many characters portrayed were actually on a few very talented actors/vocalists!" Ruth McCormick, Co-Chairman, Programs, Community Club of Garden City and Hampstead: "All of the performers were excellent. The program exceeded our expectations, and we received extremely positive feedback from the audience. We try to plan a very special program for the end-of-season event, and we certainly succeeded when we chose this particular group." Jessica Ley, Program Coordinator, Port Washington Public Library: "Excellent. Charming and witty; extremely well imagined." Jude Schanzer, Programs and Publicity, East Meadow Public Library: "Reservations were sold out 10 minutes after the show was announced! And the audience loved it. They raved! Even the next day, they were seeking me out to ask to have the performers back again." Linda White, Program Coordinator, Elmont Memorial Library: "The audience response has been tremendous. They are still talking about the performances. They're telling their friends, and their friends are telling me how sorry they are for not being there!" 

Rick Heuthe as Edgar Allan Poe in MURDER AND MADNESS AND POE

Carol A. Lombardo, Director, Garwood Public Library, Garwood NJ: "Very entertaining and informative. The music interludes added a nice touch to Poe's works. Set decoration added to the atmosphere."  Penelope Wright, Adult Programs, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton: "Edgar Allan Poe came alive in this sympathetically portrayed, finely acted, brilliantly written dramatic presentation. David Houston never fails to present great offerings at our library." Tracey Simon, Program Coordinator, Lynbrook Public Library: "Very good audience response, excellent performance; totally professional as always, well prepared." Maureen Chiofalo, Nassau County Library Association (performance at Reference and Adult Services brunch): "It was a very enjoyable program; the staging and dialogue were very appealing. We received enthusiastic feedback from the membership." Patricia Brandt, Librarian, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor: "Audience comments were: 'Great writing.' 'Very well done; I couldn't get over the amount of dialog the actor had to memorize and how well he did it.' 'Engrossing.' 'Spooky!' 'When are you having another program by Mr. Houston?'" Jude Schanzer, director of PR and Programs, East Meadow Public Library: "Well done.  Absolutely perfect for a library or school."  Phyllis Cox, Program Coordinator, Jericho Public Library: "Wonderful program; the audience loved it."  Debbie Starker, in Deb's Web LI Theatre Newsletter: "A 70-minute, tour de force in which Edgar Poe auditions for a reading tour.  I have always loved Poe and did a college thesis on Poe as the Father of the modern detective mystery. This presentation is perfectly suited to the Halloween season. See it if you love Poe, poetry, the macabre, etc." Joseph Sterniolo, Program Coordinator, Brentwood Library: "Wonderfully done; quite literate.  The audience was affected."

Diana Heinlein as Miss Marple, Rick Heuthe as Hercule Poirot in ON THE CASE: CHRISTIE MYSTERIES

Kristen Jording, Library Programmer, Seaford Public Library: "The performance, content and production were fantastic! The audience simply enjoyed it; they can't wait for the library to have another show with David Houston. Jude Schanzer, Programs and Publicity, East Meadow Public Library: "As always, the performance, content and production values were stellar. The audience was completely enthralled!" Tina Holinski, Assistant Library Manager and Children's Librarian: "I thoroughly enjoyed this program! The actors are expert! I love their British accents. The props and musical accompaniment complement the plays so beautifully and precisely. Bravo!" Erin L. Blatt, Programming and Outreach Librarian, Franklin Township Public Library, Somerset, NJ: "Our audience had nothing but kind things to say about the performance—interesting, fun, different, and engaging, to name a few." Jessica Ley, Program Coordinator, Port Washington Public Library: "As I would expect, the Christie show is another stellar production from David Houston and company. Top ratings in all categories." Yvette M. Postelle, Administrative Assistant, Adult Programs, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton: "Very good;  Well received by the audience; very positive comments from the patrons as they left. A few actually mentioned that they were inspired to read some Christie novels again." 

David Houston as Noёl Coward, Rick Heuthe as Cole Porter in LET'S DO IT!

Phyllis Cox, Program Director and Publicity, Jericho Public Libray: "Excellent. Thank you again for a wonderful performance. You keep making me look so good! [75 patrons expected, 128 came]." Frances Altemose, Head of Community Services, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook: "The program was delightful and entertaining. Top notch! The audience was hanging on every word and had an appreciation for the clever lyrics and dialog. Yvette M. Postelle, Assistant, Adult Programs, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton: "Every patron passing me as they left that evening had glowing comments. The audience was captivated, and I noticed quite a few swaying to the music! Many said we should have more programs of this sort." Staff, Queens Library Forest Hills: "Several members of the audience stopped by to comment on how much they enjoyed the play. I will be sure to pass along a recommendation for your return to Queens Library. Connie Ellis, Programs, Peconic Landing Retirement Community: "Excellent. Our audience thought you were terrific. The length of the show [one hour] was appropriate for them."  


Penelope Wright, Director of Adult Programs, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton: "Bravo! Another coup! You could have heard a pin drop during the entire hour of David Houston's portrait of this brilliant complicated woman.  Ms. Heinlein's portrayal was delivered lovingly and with great intelligence; it was warm, witty (OK, some thanks to Dorothy), and always completely engaging. I would recommend this production to anyone anywhere!" Marcia Johnson, Adult Program Coordinator, North Shore Public Library: "As usual the professionalism showed. It was a delightful script deftly handled by Diana. I feel like I got to know dear old Dorothy at little bit." Tracey Simon, Program Coordinator, Lynbrook Public Library: "I could not attend the production myself, my misfortune; but the feedback I received afterwards was very positive, from the performance to the costumes and sets." Jessica Ley, Program Coordinator, Port Washington Public Library: "David Houston's productions continue to educate entertainingly; we've never been disappointed in the talent he and his staff of performers exhibit.  'Dorothy Parker' is excellent in all categories" [audience response, script, literary content, performance, set and costumes]." Barbara Minerd, Program Director, Garden City Public Library: "Diana's performance was brilliant. The play was excellent."


Charles Sleefe, Library Director, Mineola Memorial Library: "Excellent. A great addition to our year-long Lincoln celebration." Tauhirah K. Abdussabur, Customer Service Specialist, Forest Hills Community Library, Queens: "Patrons [a full house] stayed through the entire performance; you could hear a pin drop. They clapped and laughed. They  focused on the performer. Many spoke with the Mr. Houston after the presentation and expressed their appreciation."  Karin L. Briller, Librarian (Programming), Franklin Square Public Library: Excellent script and performance. "The people who saw it enjoyed it very much. It's interesting to hear Lincoln's words spoken. The whole stage/set design and music worked fantastically together." Emma S. Clark Library, Setauket, Programs: Excellent script, performance, audience response; "A well done performance." Christine Langerfeld, President, Friends of the Montauk Library: "An absolute pleasure! I wish all performers were as gifted and easy to work with. The professionalism is evident from the time of booking through the end of the performance." Christopher Kohan, President, Victor D'Amico Institute of Art: "I am writing to say how much I enjoyed your Lincoln talk at the Montauk Library. There can never be enough said about Mr. Lincoln; there is always something new to learn."