VP 2011 The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker


Written By: N. Richard Nash
Directed by: Paul Palmisano
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Run of Show

“The Rainmaker” will run March 11-26, 2011, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm


The Rainmaker PlayAt 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 Program for this show can be viewed by clicking The Rainmaker. (Requires Adobe Reader)

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

H. C. Curry Norb Mills
Noah Curry Martin Boyer
Jim Curry Brad Riker
Lizzie Curry Elizabeth Cottle
File Marc Malley
Sheriff Thomas John Henry
Bill Starbuck Jim Trumm

Program Staff

Director Paul Palmisano
Producer Jean Mills
Set Design John Henry
Stage Manager Nancy Janney & Jean Mills
Lighting Design Andrew Todd, Jr.
Lighting Crew Patrick Drummond, & Sarah Long
Sound Design Don Weber
Sound Crew Greg Fondren, & Judith Meeks
Costume Coordinator Diana West
Property Crew Ernie Brown, Jean Brown, Joyce Calmes, Mary Cole, Nancy Janney, & Bob Yarger
Set Design John Henry
Set Construction Steve Mierzejewski, & Don Weber
Scenic Art Jonelle Brinkman , Mary Cole, Jackie Mierzejewski, Jean Mills, Renee Niese, & Brad Riker
Set Dressing Brad Riker
Bookholder Kate Argow
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberley Bruggemann, Pam Engle, Sandy Fry, Darlene Hatfield, Barbara Heindel, Sue Holliger, Debbie Krieger, Dianne Nowakowski, Jinny Patterson, Susan Rice, & Judy Wiederhold
Publicity Brenda Sweeney
Program Jake Gordy, Laura Hansen, & Frank Venda
Program Art & Cover Design Laura Hansen
Production Logo and Posters Jon McIntee
Program Printing The Copy Center
Marquee Signs Derek Hansen
Theatre Photographer Frank Venda
Special Thanks Richard and Bonnie Niese, The Toledo Rep

The Show!

Place: The play takes place in a roadside cafe in the California desert.

Act I: Summer 1940

Act II: Summer 1958

Act III: Summer 1981