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Day, Wood and Laurence Headline Arena Stage's The Rainmaker

Tony Award-nominee Johanna Day will star alongside Tony Award-winner Frank Wood and Michael Laurence in the upcoming Arena Stage production of N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, which will be presented at the acclaimed Washington, D.C. theatre from March 3rd through April 9th.

Day will play Lizzie Curry, who despite her fears that she will become an old maid, finds herself torn between the sensible sheriff File (Wood) and Starbuck (Laurence), the romantic stranger who claims that he can magically bring rain to the drought-stricken western town. Lisa Peterson will direct The Rainmaker, which will also feature Ben Fox and Jesse Hooker (alternating in the role of Jim Curry), William Parry as H.C. Curry, Delaney Williams as Sheriff Thomas, and Graham Winton as Noah Curry.

The Rainmaker, which served as the basis for the Jones and Schmidt musical 110 in the Shade, was first presented on Broadway in 1954 with Geraldine Page as Lizzie. A 1999 Roundabout Theatre Company revival starred Jayne Atkinson and Woody Harrelson, and Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster headlined the 1956 film.

Day received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Proof; off-Broadway credits include Bliss, Helen, Once in a Lifetime, How I Learned to Drive and Blue Window.

Wood won a Tony Award for his performance in Side Man. He also appeared on Broadway in Hollywood Arms and off-Broadway in The Wax. Laurence's off-Broadway credits include Book of Days and Edward II, as well as in films such as Escape Artists, The Operator and Claire Dolan.

The Rainmaker will feature a design team comprised of Michael Yeargan (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), James F. Ingalls (lighting), and Mark Bennett (sound and original music).

For more information, visit www.arenastage.org.



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