Marc, a high-school jock suddenly stripped of his identity after a near crippling motorcycle accident, has been adrift since the crash. His spiraling journey into self-destruction leads him into a lengthy detention with Miss K., a generous but firmly principled teacher. Although Miss K. is able to make inroads with Marc, he continues his downward descent. Despite his resistance, his old friends exert a powerful pull on him, yielding in the end staggeringly tragic results.
"Thought provoking and compelling." —Denver Post. "Vaughan's powerful drama offers hope and possibilities." —Theatre.com. "Unlike a few pundits and politicos, [the play] doesn't put forth compact, tidy answers to the problem of youth violence. What it does offer is a compelling exploration of the forces that influence an individual's choices, and of the proverbial lifelines—be they familial, communal, religious or political—that tragically slacken when society gives in to apathy, fear and self-doubt…the ideas [the play] examines are paramount…" —Westword. "…with a relevance that is either unfortunate or brilliant, Vaughan's play examines a burst of fatal violence and its aftermath. The pitfalls in a play addressing the lives of contemporary teens are perilous…[the play] never takes a false step." —Rocky Mountain News. "PRAYING FOR RAIN is a symphony of anger. There's hurt anger, embarrassed anger, sullen anger, resentful anger, inarticulate anger and plain old rage. This world premiere exploring teen violence is terrific and the production is outstanding. [The play] sticks in the memory…the almost casual aggressiveness transported me back to high school." —Gazette Telegraph.