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The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: N. Richard Nash
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 106
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 057361461X
ISBN-13: 9780573614613
Cast Size: 1 female, 6 male

About the Play:

The Rainmaker has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues, Male Monologues, and Female/Male Scenes.

The Rainmaker is a full-length romantic comedy by N. Richard Nash. Plain Lizzie Curry finds herself falling, against her better judgment, for a traveler who promises to bring rain to her family's ever-dry Texas town. The Rainmaker is a story of impossible odds and impossible hope. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

The Rainmaker is about a farm family whose lives are changed by the arrival of a smooth-talking con man spinning colourful dreams. 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.

The Rainmaker premiered in 1954 at the Cort Theatre on Broadway in New York City and became an instant favourite of companies worldwide. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions. It has been translated into 40 languages.

Cast: 1 female, 6 male

What people say:

"...warm, simple and friendly; the humor is captivating, and the characters are lovable and original." — The New York Times

"Admirable skill... [and] insight into the human heart.... The touch of a poet.... A hit you must see." — New York Mirror

About the Playwright:

N. Richard Nash (1913-2000), born Nathan Richard Nusbaum, was a prolific and popular American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and teacher whose greatest success was the tender drama The Rainmaker.

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