... And the Rain Came to Mayfield

by  Jason Milligan

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f

"Promises to challenge your ideas about family, the South, civil rights, and growing up." - Birmingham News

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... And the Rain Came to Mayfield

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A poetic family drama, this play takes place in a small gas station/luncheonette on a Mississippi highway in 1962. The owner's son Carl dreams of going to college but his alcoholic father does not support these aspirations and his mother referees a desperate tug of war between the them. One afternoon, a young black man appears in the doorway seeking shelter while he waits for the bus to Jackson. On this Mississippi day, the two young men discover that they share a need to establish their independence and follow thier dreams. Carl's father reacts violently when he finds the black man in his establishment, but Carl stands up to his father for the first time in his life.
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"Promises to challenge your ideas about family, the South, civil rights, and growing up." - Birmingham News


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A combination gas station/luncheonette off the state highway near the fictional town of Mayfield, Mississippi. A warm Fall day in 1962. NOTE: In the original production, there were several entrances into the playing area: one was the front door, which led out onto a front porch and to the gas pumps; another was a swinging door which led to an offstage kitchen; and the third led upstairs to the family's apartment, which was unseen but located directly above the luncheonette. This allowed just one playing area to be created.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)


6m, 3f
CARL - 19; a boy with a dream.
EMMA - 42; his mother.
JACK - 45; his father.
MAVIS - 55; a patron.
DIXIE - 16; a friend of Carl's.
NATHAN - 19; a black college student.
MAN - He asks directions.
TWO MEN - They accompany Nathan.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Roles for Teens
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)



Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest ...

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...And The Rain Came to MayfieldAND THE RAIN CAME TO MAYFIELD was given its first full production by Birmingham-Southern College in 1989.

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