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The Rainmaker

Full-Length Play, Comedy

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.

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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.

  • Time Period 1930s

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  • THE RAINMAKER Trailer

  • THE RAINMAKER at First Folio Theatre

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N. Richard Nash

N. Richard Nash (1913-2000) wrote with distinction for the theatre, television, film, poetry and fiction. He is best known for The Rainmaker, which has been translated into nearly 40 languages. Nash wrote the screenplay for Porgy and Bess and the libretti for The Happy Time a ...

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