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Rainmaker, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Rainmaker, The

N. Richard Nash

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573614613

Plain Lizzie Curry finds herself falling, against her better judgment, for a traveler who promises to bring rain to her family's ever-dry Texas town.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in a western state on a summer day in a time of drought. 

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Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

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Period Costumes

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. An excellent play for all groups.
"Admirable skill... [and] insight into the human heart.... The touch of a poet.... A hit you must see." - N.Y. Mirror.

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[The Rainmaker's] underlying theme—the need for faith in oneself and others—is universal." - Chicago Reader

"[The Rainmaker] preserves the timeless themes and proves the show still has something to say to today’s audiences." - New City Chicago

"
The notion of dreams coming true might seem a preposterous conceit in a morecynical era, yet "The Rainmaker," N. Richard Nash's unabashedly optimistic 1953 teleplay-turned-Broadway-hit, still has the power to keep disbelief at bay...After nearly half a century, "The Rainmaker" still makes a handsomely staged case for miracles." - LA Times, Read More
The Rainmaker premiered on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 1954 under the direction of Joseph Anthony. 
Characters

CASTING

6m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

H. C. CURRY
NOAH CURRY
JIM CURRY
LIZZIE CURRY
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SHERIFF THOMAS
BILL STARBUCK
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  • THE RAINMAKER at First Folio Theatre

Author
N. Richard  Nash

N. Richard Nash

N. Richard Nash was a prolific and popular writer of plays, movies, and books, some of which are still favorites around the world. His most famous play, The Rainmaker, and the musical version, 110 in the Shade (with lyrics by Tom Jones and score by Harvey Schmidt of The Fantasticks) have been translated into many languages, are still revived on Broadway, and are performed in community theaters, ... view full profile

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Wayd Drake 6/28/2016 3:43 PM
This is a great story about believing in yourself.

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