Stained Glass Playhouse will present “The Rainmaker” during the first three weekends of May.
As a paralyzing drought besets America’s rural West, the Curry family is starting to despair. Their cattle are dying from the dry heat, the future of the ranch is in question, and even worse, the marriage prospects for Lizzie (played by Katie Muhlenkamp) — the only woman in a family of menfolk — are running low. Her father H.C. (played by Roberts Bass) and brothers Noah and Jim (played by Ian and Devlin Burke) try every possible scheme to marry her off, without success, and they worry about her becoming an old maid. A plain girl with dreams of romance but very little self-esteem, Lizzie has just about given up hope of finding love and escape.
Written by N. Richard Nash
Directed by Gregg Vogelsmeier
May 3-5, 10-12, & 17-19, 2019
Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
ABOVE PHOTO – (From left) Ian Burke, Devlin Burke, Hampton Rowe, Roberts Bass, and Katie Muhlenkamp will appear in Stained Glass Playhouse’s production of N. Richard Nash’s “The Rainmaker,” May 3-5, 10-12, & 17-19. Photo courtesy of Neil Jester – Fine Art Photography.
Suddenly, from out of nowhere, appears Bill Starbuck (played by Hampton Rowe), a charming, confident, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. A self-proclaimed “Rainmaker,” he promises to end the drought and bring rain to save the Curry family’s farm, in exchange for the princely sum of $100. He is immediately regarded by Lizzie and Noah as a con man and a trickster, but he is so refreshing and persistent that H.C. gives him the money, and soon Jim is banging on a big brass drum to rattle the sky and shake the clouds loose.
What no one expects — including the Rainmaker himself — is that what he truly brings is much more than rain. He gradually awakens a newfound sense of self-confidence in Lizzie, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own, moving her to see herself in a new light. She begins to believe in herself just as her family believes in him. And, in the end, rain does come… and so does love.
Rounding out the cast are Mickey Hyland as Sheriff Thomas and Kenny Gaylord as his deputy File.
“The Rainmaker” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. All performances will be held at Stained Glass Playhouse, located at 4401 Indiana Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC, in the former sanctuary of Marvin United Methodist Church. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+) and teachers, and $12 for students. For more information about the show, visit stainedglassplayhouse.org/the-rainmaker/.
About Stained Glass Playhouse
Stained Glass Playhouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit community theatre specializing in affordable, professional-quality productions in a small, intimate setting. Located in the former sanctuary of Marvin United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Stained Glass Playhouse offers shows and theatrical events which encompass moral messages, family values, and community issues. We are a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council (intothearts.org) and the North Carolina Triad Theatre League (triadtheatre.com).
2019-2020 Season Flex Tickets are now available at stainedglassplayhouse.org/tickets/ or by calling the Box Office at (336) 499-1010. For those interested in supporting Stained Glass Playhouse and/or advertising in our show programs, Flex Tickets can also be obtained through giving and sponsorship opportunities available on our website.
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