The Rainmaker

by  N. Richard Nash

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 1f

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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    6m, 1f
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    • Cutting Approved for Competition
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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, 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.

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Reviews

"Admirable skill [...] [and] insight into the human heart [...] The touch of a poet [...] A hit you must see." - New York Daily Mirror

"[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." - Los Angeles Times, Read More

Videos

  • THE RAINMAKER Trailer
  • THE RAINMAKER at First Folio Theatre
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Marriage

Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: The play takes place in a western state on a summer day in a time of drought. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 1f
H. C. CURRY
NOAH CURRY
JIM CURRY
LIZZIE CURRY
FILE
SHERIFF THOMAS
BILL STARBUCK
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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 lang ...

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The Rainmaker premiered on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 1954 under the direction of Joseph Anthony. 

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