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The Rainmaker


Written by Richard Nash

Directed by Jonathan Forrester
Assistant Director Jennifer Memolo
Produced by Terry Moore

comedy



August 11,12, & 13, 18, 19 & 20, 25, 26 & 27, 2017
9 performances

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

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CAST
HC Curry............................Brian Howell
Noah Curry.........................Kai Elijah Hamilton
Jimmy Curry.......................Miles Rice
Lizzie Curry....................... Matilyn Hull
Sheriff................................ Steve Woodsmall
File.................................... Doug Denton
Starbuck.............................Tate Albert



Synopsis At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off, but without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat, when suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a "rainmaker," the man promises to bring rain, for $100. It's a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents, banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Meanwhile the rainmaker also turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love.
History Written by N. Richard Nash in the early 1950's, the play opened on October 28, 1954, at the Cort Theatre in New York City, and ran for 125 performances. It was directed by Joseph Anthony and produced by Ethel Linder Reiner. The play was translated into more than 40 languages and made into the 1956 film The Rainmaker, starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn. The story was also made into a Broadway musical, 110 in the Shade. The play was revived on Broadway in 1999–2000 starring Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, who was nominated for the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. The play has been revived frequently.