AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 27, 2015



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.


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).


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!”  Read full review >>

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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.


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.


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