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The Rainmaker (1954)

by N. Richard Nash

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Comedy / Casting: 6m, 1f / Scenery: Composite Int.

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 becoming 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 character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He claims to be a rainmaker. And he promises to bring rain, for $100. It's a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and ingratiating that the family finally consent. Forthwith they begin banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky; while the rainmaker turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. And she believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. And 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:03 -0400)

H.C. Curry's farm is starved for water and his spinster daughter, Lizzie, is starved for love. Then glib, handsome Bill Starbuck blows into town. Tony-nominee Jayne Atkinson is joined by original cast members from the award-winning Roundabout Theatre production of this clasic Broadway hit.… (more)

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