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The Stonewater Rapture



Set on the front porch and in the living room of a conservative Texas home, THE STONEWATER RAPTURE tells the story of two teenagers whose sexual awakening has been severely hampered by the fundamentalist fervor that runs like power lines through the Bible Belt. Just after being elected president of the youth ministry at his church’s picnic, Whitney attempts to seduce the puritanical Carlyle. She coyly refuses Whitney’s advances, citing everything from teen pregnancy to hellfire and damnation as reasons to abstain. Later, Carlyle seeks Whitney’s help after she has been the victim of a sexual assault. Rather than face the grim reality of her experience, Carlyle transforms the attack from an act of violence to a vision of glory, in which the bodies of her assailants become the angels torn from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and the alcohol they forced upon her becomes the blood of Christ. As Carlyle’s delusions grow, Whitney must convince her of the unfortunate truth. Together they struggle to wed their simplistic religious doctrine with the often painful complexity of the real world.

Character Breakdown

Whitney (M, teens)
Carlyle (F, teens)