AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

THE RAINMAKER

CO-FOUNDING ENSEMBLE MEMBER RETURNS

Written by: N. Richard Nash
Directed by: Edward Blatchford*

The L.A. Times wrote, “After nearly half a century, The Rainmaker still makes a handsome case for miracles.” Plain and hardworking Lizzie Curry finds herself falling, against her better judgement, for a traveler who promises to bring rain to her family’s ever-dry Midwest town. The NY Mirror wrote that this play gives “insight into the human heart” and The NY Times calls it “captivating”. Featuring Joseph Jefferson Award winner Steve Key* (Starbuck) and Joseph Jefferson Award nominee Linsey Page Morton (Lizzie). To learn more about The Rainmaker, explore our playguide.

* Denotes Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.

PERFORMANCE INFO

This production must close on September 27.
(773) 404-7336 box office

  • Thursday: 7:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm
  • Saturday: 7:30pm
  • Sunday: 2:30pm

Special Note: Additional performances on 9/19 & 9/26 @ 3:00pm

  • Duration: Runs 2 hours with one intermission.
  • Location: Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
  • Ticket Price: $19 – $49
  • Town Halls: We offer free post-show events on Sundays (Aug 30 – Sept 20).

REVIEWS

Joseph Jefferson Award recommended.

“Blues has done it right as rain! Down-to-earth humor brings plenty of smiles.”The Wall Street Journal  Read full review >>

“Highly recommended! Only those with a heart of stone will be able to resist. Transformative magic.”Chicago Sun-Times  Read full review >>

“Refreshing!  The cast blew the dust off this endearing classic.”Chicago Tribune  Read full review >>

“Superb ensemble!  Uplifting story of love and family – for the dreamers and the skeptics. I became a believer.”The Fourth Walsh  Read full review >>

“Irresistible…full of downhome decency and contagious wishful thinking.”Stage & Cinema  Read full review >>

“Impressive production!  Two hours filled with warmth and humor, heartbreak, and drama.”Chicago Theatre Review  Read full review >>

“Highly recommended.  Engaging drama…sincerity makes it work!”ChicagoCritic.com  Read full review >>

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ARTISTS

CAST (in alphabetical order): Robert Breuler (Sheriff), Danny Goldring (H.C.), Howie Johnson (Deputy File), Steve Key* (Starbuck), Linsey Page Morton (Lizzie), Matt Pratt (Jim), & Vincent Teninty (Noah).

PRODUCTION TEAM: N. Richard Nash (playwright), Edward Blatchford* (director), Sarah E. Ross* (scenic), Sarah Hughey* (lights), Christopher J. Neville* (costumes), Joe Cerqua (sound), Jamie Karas (props), Kathryn Lochert* (stage manager), Sammie Becker (asst. stage manager), Aaron Shapiro (production manager), Elyse Dolan (asst. to the director), Kathy Logelin (dialect coach), Lauri Dahl* (dramaturg), Morgan Lake (asst. to the sound) Alexandra Blatchford (production asst.), Vincent Teninty (fight director), Alan Weusthoff (technical director), Jason Shivers (master electrician), & Sarah Stephens (scenic painter).

*Denotes Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We raise awareness of other non-profit organizations’ great causes though creative collaborations. We’re proud to continue our Pink Previews. Proceeds from our preview performances will be donated to The Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. We also support IL Farm Bureau, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana, and Adler University.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE RAINMAKER

Rave Reviews for THE RAINMAKER

"Blues has done it right as rain! Down-to-earth humor brings plenty of smiles." - The Wall Street Journal "Highly recommended! Only those with a heart of stone will be able to resist. Transformative magic." - Chicago...

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Men of wisdom like H.C. Curry know to be patient with heaven.

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Playwright’s Foreword

When drought hits the lush grasslands of the richly fertile west, they are green no more and the dying is a palpable thing. What happens to verdure and vegetation, to cattle and livestock can be read in the coldly statistical little bulletins freely issued by the Department of Agriculture. What happens to the people of the west – beyond the calculable and terrible phenomena of a sudden poverty and loss of substance – is an incalculable and febrile kind of desperation.

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Producing Artistic Director’s Note on THE RAINMAKER

Welcome to American Blues Theater’s 30th Anniversary season “Seeing is Believing”. Working in Ensemble theater demands collaboration, self-awareness, and an unwavering belief that the collective is stronger than its individual members. It also requires unconditional love and trust from both its artists and supporters.

A revival of The Rainmaker is the perfect way to celebrate our incredible existence.

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American Blues Theater proudly partners with these great organizations throughout the production run of The Rainmaker.

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Community Partners for THE RAINMAKER

We continue our Pink Previews which donates proceeds to The Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. For this production, we support the Illinois Farm Bureau, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana, and Adler University.

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