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Brooks Atkinson Theatre (New York, NY)
256 W. 47th St.

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This heartfelt classic is set in 1936 during the late summer in the sweeping landscape of Western Iowa at a time of drought. Cattle are "down and out" on the Curry ranch and temperatures are a stifling 104 degrees at night. As the relentless sun scorches the grasses' verdure and desperation creeps into the characters' lives, a young woman's search for love begins when a picaresque stranger with a "mellifluous tongue" enters and claims that he can bring rain.



Nash, who was born and raised in South Philadelphia, conceived the play after a trip through the drought-ridden Southwest during the summer of 1951. He met a dirt-covered eight-year-old boy at a filling station who was clutching a long, forked stick. It hadn't rained in a long time. Nash noticed that the boy shook the stick at the sky every few minutes. When he asked what the stick was for, the boy simply answered, "Rain."



Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

CORRECTING and REPLACING Andrew Rains Joins Hightower as EVP, Sales & Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

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Andrew Rains Joins Hightower as EVP, Sales & Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

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Victory Gardens Extends Chicago Debut of HAND TO GOD Before Opening
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to early ticket demand. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse to Stage Wilde-ly Feminine THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2016

Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Long Beach playhouse takes on an all female cast with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by 'Phie Mura in the Studio. (more...)

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces Cast & Creative Team for WARRIOR CLASS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has announced the cast & creative team for its upcoming productionof WARRIOR CLASS by Kenneth Lin (writer, House of Cards), directed by Dawn M. Simmons. Performances are October 21 - November 13, 2016. (more...)

Victory Gardens Extends Chicago Debut of HAND TO GOD Before Opening
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to early ticket demand. (more...)

Cenango River Theatre Presents TAKING SIDES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

Presented for the first time in the Southern Tier, Chenango River Theatre's final show of their 10th season features the regional premiere of Taking Sides, a provocative 1995 Holocaust drama written by Ronald Harwood (Academy-Award winning writer ofThe Pianist and The Dresser).  Set in the ruins of post-war Berlin and loosely based onworld famous German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler's own diaries, this provocative drama explores Furtwangler's possible complicity in Nazi war crimes. (more...)

HAND TO GOD Begins Extended Run at Victory Gardens Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater recently announced the extension of its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to early ticket demand. Hand To God now runs tonight, September 16, through October 23, 2016, with the press performance on Friday, September 23, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Alex Weisman to Lead Chicago Premiere of HAND TO GOD; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Rounds Out Cast at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. (more...)

West End and Broadway Hit THE FATHER to Make South African Premiere at The Fugard
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Tony- and Olivier Award-winning Broadway and West End hit, Florian Zeller's THE FATHER, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is set to have its South African premiere at The Fugard Studio Theatre. (more...)

First Folio Theatre to Present Chicago Premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2016

Come experience the legend of Dracula anew, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA, opening Today, October 8, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through November 6, 2016, with previews October 5-7. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2016

Come experience the legend of Dracula anew, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA, opening Today, October 8, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through November 6, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Come experience the legend of Dracula anew, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA, opening Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through November 6, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Victory Gardens Extends HAND TO GOD Again Through October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the second extension of its critically-acclaimed production of Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to overwhelming ticket demand. Hand To God now runs through October 30, 2016, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces Cast & Creative Team for WARRIOR CLASS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has announced the cast & creative team for its upcoming productionof WARRIOR CLASS by Kenneth Lin (writer, House of Cards), directed by Dawn M. Simmons. Performances are October 21 - November 13, 2016. (more...)

Equity Jeff Award Announces 2016 Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The gala 48th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 17, celebrated a season of outstanding productions. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre Presents DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Come experience the legend of Dracula anew, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA, opening Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through November 6, 2016, with previews October 5-7. This sinful and spooky adaptation by Joseph Zettelmaier is directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely and produced by David Rice, author of The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and composer, adaptor, and lyricist of Shakespeare's Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music. (more...)

FacilityONE Relaunches as FacilityONE Technologies
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

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Alison Vesely of First Folio Theatre Dies at the Age of 59
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Alison C. Vesely, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of First Folio Theatre, passed away Friday at the age of 59 of ovarian cancer. (more...)

Celebrate the Holidays at The Gaslight With TOTALLY AWESOME Dickens Update
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 15, 2016

Dickson's Gaslight Dinner Theatre closes out its 16th Anniversary Season - and celebrates the holiday season - with Kim Beagle Graham's A Totally Awesome Christmas Carol, opening Friday. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/9/16- 110 IN THE SHADE
by Stage Tube - May 9, 2016

Today in 2007, the first Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade opened at Studio 54, where it ran for 94 performances. 110 in the Shade is a musical with a book by N. Richard Nash, lyrics by Tom Jones, and music by Harvey Schmidt. Based on Nash's 1954 play The Rainmaker, it focuses on Lizzie Curry, a spinster living on a ranch in the American southwest, and her relationships with local sheriff File, a cautious divorce who fears being hurt again, and charismatic con man Bill Starbuck, posing as a rainmaker who promises the locals he can bring relief to the drought-stricken area. The revival cast featured Audra McDonald as Lizzi and John Cullum as H.C. Curry. (more...)

North Coast Repertory Theatre to Present HEDDA GABLER This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. (more...)

TOKYO FISH STORY Begins at The Old Globe Today
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2016

Kimber Lee's drama tokyo fish story, directed by May Adrales, begins today, May 28 at The Old Globe. The production runs through June 26, 2016, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Showtime Cancels HOUSE OF LIES After Five Seasons
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

After five seasons, HOUSE OF LIES will conclude its run on Showtime on Sunday, June 13th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the network announced today. (more...)

Seabury Group Human Capital Business Invests In Rainmaker Business Technologies
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

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North Coast Rep to Present World Premiere Translation of HEDDA GABLER
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. Working from a freshly translated script by Anne-Charlotte Harvey that removes stilted language while staying true to Ibsen's voice, the actors have put their personal touches on their characters to create a piece that speaks to contemporary audiences. Lovers of classic theatre will not want to miss this gripping world premiere translation. (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Character Portraits of Ford's Theatre's 110 IN THE SHADE
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The Ford's Theatre 2015-2016 season continues with the musical 110 IN THE SHADE, directed and choreographed by Tony-Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, now through May 14, 2016. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive look at character portraits by Michael Yeshion.  Check them out below! (more...)

MRPR Voted 2016 Firm of the Year by Enterprise Worldwide
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

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TOKYO FISH STORY Opens at The Old Globe Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Kimber Lee's beautiful drama tokyo fish story, directed by May Adrales, opens today, June 2 at The Old Globe. The production runs through June 26, 2016, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets start at $29. (more...)

San Jose Stage Company Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

San Jose Stage Company Artistic Director Randall King today announced the company's 34th season. Audiences will be transported around the world to Africa, Ireland, the Middle East and back to America in an emotionally-charged, outrageously funny and enlightening exploration of race, identity, politics and cultural understanding.  (more...)

Prescott Center for the Arts Announces First Summer Repertory Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Prescott Center for the Arts proudly announces its first Summer Repertory Theatre Season entitled Lunacy, Love and Laughter! opening July 8th and running through August 14th.  This season PCA's Repertory is comprised of a company of volunteer directors, actors, technical artists and visual artists who are producing three exciting comedies: The madcap lunacy of Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Wingfield, directed by Bruce Lanning; the poetic magical realism in love and humor of The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash directed by Catherine Miller Hahn and the funny laugh- packed American treatment of Anton Chekov's plays in The Good Doctor by Neil "Doc" Simon, directed by Paul Epoch.  The volunteer company members have been working hard for months to produce this labor of summer love of theatre.  It is PCA's hope that this Repertory Season will be a refreshing slate of light and funny fare for our beloved patrons while also serving as a reflection of the excellence in the arts that PCA has to offer Prescott tourists. (more...)

North Coast Repertory Theatre's HEDDA GABLER Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. (more...)

THE OFFICE's Jenna Fischer and More to Star in Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the world premiere of Steve Martin's new play METEOR SHOWER, an adult comedy, marking his welcome return to the Globe following the great success of Bright Star. (more...)

Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER, Starring Jenna Fischer, Begins Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016

The Old Globe presents the world premiere of Steve Martin's new play METEOR SHOWER, an adult comedy, marking his welcome return to the Globe following the great success of Bright Star. It will be directed by Gordon Edelstein in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where Edelstein serves as Artistic Director (and no, he is not related to Barry). (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

First Folio Theatre to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of CAPTAIN BLOOD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Experience the novel come alive, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the world premiere stage adaption of CAPTAIN BLOOD, opening Saturday, January 28, 2017 and running through February 26, 2017, with previews January 25-27. (more...)

First Folio Theatre to Present Chicago Premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Come experience the legend of Dracula anew, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA, opening Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through November 6, 2016, with previews October 5-7. (more...)

Alex Weisman to Lead Chicago Premiere of HAND TO GOD; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse to Stage Wilde-ly Feminine THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Long Beach playhouse takes on an all female cast with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by 'Phie Mura in the Studio. (more...)

We're So in Love! Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase to Star in Roundabout's KISS ME, KATE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced a one-night only Benefit Concert Reading of Kiss Me, Kate by Sam and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Good Theater's ACT ONE, Opening This Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Good Theater the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland will close its 14th season with the regional theater premiere of ACT ONE by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart. Good Theater is the first company to do ACT ONE since its Broadway debut in 2014. The production opens April 6 and runs through May 1. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

New Repertory Theatre to Stage FREUD'S LAST SESSION This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

New Repertory Theatre announces FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain, April 30-May 22, 2016 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Good Theater to Host ACT ONE Talkback, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Laurel Casillo made her Broadway debut in Act One in 2014. Since then she has starred in two Good Theater productions:  The Rainmaker as Lizzie in the fall of 2014, and as Marina Oswald in the world premiere of Mama's Boy this past fall in 2015.   (more...)

New Repertory Theatre's FREUD'S LAST SESSION Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

New Repertory Theatre announces FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain, tonight, April 30, through May 22, 2016 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for SOUPS, STEWS, AND CASSEROLES: 1976 at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

On the heels of their critically acclaimed world premiere of Luna Gale, playwright Rebecca Gilman and Artistic Director Robert Falls again join forces for her newest drama, Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Change is coming to a small Wisconsin town when a corporation acquires a local cheese manufacturer, which employs the majority of the town's working class citizens. For the Durst family, the merger presents newfound opportunity-and a moral dilemma. The Chicago premiere, which marks the play's second production following its 2014 world premiere at The Repertory of St. Louis, features Cliff Chamberlain as longtime factory employee Kim Durst; Cora Vander Broek as his wife Kat; Lindsay Stock as their daughter, Kelly. Rounding out the cast are Ty Olwin (Kyle), Angela Reed (Elaine) and Ann Whitney (JoAnne). The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (set), Richard Woodbury (sound), Jenny Mannis (costumes) and Jesse Klug (lights). Kimberly Osgood is the production stage manager. Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 appears May 21 - June 19 in the Owen Theatre (opening night is Monday, May 31). Tickets ($10 - $40; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner. (more...)

Small Town Theatre's TALLEY'S FOLLY Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Talley's Folly is the story of one night in the lives of two unlikely sweethearts, Matt Friedman and Sally Talley. The one-act play takes place in a dilapidated boathouse on the Talley farm in Missouri. It is the Fourth of July in 1944. (more...)

Tina Chilip, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and More Set for TOKYO FISH STORY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report the complete cast and creative team of Kimber Lee's beautiful drama tokyo fish story, directed by May Adrales, coming to The Old Globe this spring. (more...)

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