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Playwright

N. Richard Nash

Performance Dates

May 9-10, 1958

Creative Team

Director....................................James L. Rapport

Technical Director....................Tom Lehman

Assistant Director....................Lorrie Bliss

Synopsis

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.

https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2314/the-rainmaker

Disciplines

Acting | Dance | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History

Keywords

Otterbein Theatre, Performing Arts, College Theater

The Rainmaker

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