The Rainmaker

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July 14 – August 5

The Rainmaker

by N. Richard Nash | Directed by Robert Walsh*°

About the Play

Set in the time of a paralyzing drought in Depression-era America, The Rainmaker tells the story of a pivotal hot summer day in the life of spinsterish Lizzie Curry, whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her marriage prospects as they are about their dying cattle. Enter Starbuck, the consummate con man, who promises to solve all their problems, for a fee. The Rainmaker is a captivating classic, guaranteed to break your heart and then fill it with hope.

The Rainmaker was written by N. Richard Nash in the early 1950s. It premiered on October 28, 1954, at the Cort Theatre in New York City, and ran for 125 performances.

David DeBeck

David DeBeck* (H. C. Curry)
David DeBeck is thrilled to be working in a production at Gloucester Stage and with Robert Walsh, for the first time. He recently played Ian in The Other Place at the Nora Theatre, Cambridge, MA. Favorite theater credits include, Strange Snow at Theatreworks, Hartford; Dinner With Friends, The Lonesome West and Hamlet, at The Virginia Stage Company; Hosanna, both at The Walnut Street Theatre (Phila, PA.) and The Actor’s Theater, Off B’way.

David plays Sargent Shriver in the soon to be released movie, Chappaquiddick (John Curran). Other film roles include, Roger Wheeler, Black Mass (Scott Cooper) and Paul Hansen, The Company Men (John Wells). Favorite television credits include guest starring roles in Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Brotherhood (Showtime), Law & Order, Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit.

David is associated with the Drama Desk Award winning Off-Off B’way company, the Barrow Group.


Joe Short* (Noah Curry)


Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy (Jim Curry)

Sean McCoy is excited to be making his post graduate debut in Gloucester Stage Company’s production of the The Rainmaker. A recent graduate of Boston University’s BFA Acting Class of 2017, Sean’s previous university credits include Priam in Tiger at the Gates, Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Roelf Visagie in The Train Driver, and Carthage Killbride in By the Bog of Cats. Hailing from Washington D.C, Sean has performed with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford’s Theater, and Roundhouse Theatre.

Aside from theatre, Sean just finished a half marathon in June at Yellowstone National Park. Sean would like to thank his family, his girlfriend and his friends for their endless support. Please visit seancmccoy.com for more.


Jessica Bates

Jessica Bates* (Lizzie Currie)
Jessica is thrilled to be performing at Gloucester Stage. Originally from Washington D.C., she is an actress, teacher and songwriter now living in California. Over her career, she has worked in many incredible theaters including; Milwaukee Rep, The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, The Hangar Theatre, The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Riverside Theatre, The Women’s Project, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The National Shakespeare Company, The Acting Company, Capital Stage, The Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and Brava Theatre. Abroad, she performed at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, and the London Fringe Festival. She produced an original show of her own music in New York called Love in the Time of Unemployment. TV; May Peace Prevail on Earth (CBS), Love Kills (Discovery ID). Films include: The Far Near Shore (soon to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival). Special thanks to my parents for supporting me on this wild ride!


Dave Rich

Dave Rich (File)
Dave Rich is thrilled to make his Gloucester Stage debut. Other theater credits in the Cape Ann area include Becky Shaw, Leading Ladies, and An Inspector Calls with the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and The Boor with the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe. Additional theatre credits include Francis Hardy in Faith Healer and Pato in The Beauty Queen of Leenane with Newton Nomadic Theatre Company, Macbeth in MacBeth with FUDGE Theatre Company (best actor IRNE nomination 2014 ), Guy in God’s Ear with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project (IRNE and Eliot Norton Awards for best Boston theater production 2015), as well as Roy Cohn in Angels in America, John Proctor in The Crucible, Joseph Garcin in No Exit, Gordon in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Reed McAllister in Shooting Star and Caliban in The Tempest, with the Salem Theatre Company. He remains ever grateful to Jennifer for all of her love and support.


Norman Jones (Sheriff Thomas)


Brian Homer* (Bill Starbuck)

Robert Walsh

strong>Robert Walsh*° (Director/Artistic Director)
GSC: Songs For A New World, The New Electric Ballroom, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Primary English Class, Our Town. GSC (Actor): Gloucester Blue, Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses, The Barking Sharks, Two for the Seesaw.  Producing Artistic Director, American Stage Festival: Bus Stop, Intimate Exchanges, Jacques Brel…, and Lend Me a Tenor, among others.  Artistic Associate: Actors’ Shakespeare Project: As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure. Other productions directed include: Othello (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, K2, Later Life, Holiday Memories (Merrimack Rep); Rancho Mirage, Race, Speed-The-Plow, True West (New Repertory Theatre); The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, The Goatwoman of Corvis County (Shakespeare & Co.); Misalliance, A Life in the Theatre (Two River Theatre Co.); I Hate Hamlet (StageWest); The Little Foxes (Barter Theatre); and Of Mice and Men (Stoneham Theatre), among others. Roles in recent feature films include Black Mass, Patriot’s Day and the upcoming, Altar Rock.  Robert directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park.  He is on the faculty at Brandeis University, where he also serves as Artistic Director.


Eric Levenson (Set Design)


Jenna Worden

Jenna Worden* (Stage Manager)
Jenna Worden is delighted to return for her third season with Gloucester Stage. Favorite GSC credits include Out of Sterno, The Flick, and The Totalitarians. In addition, Jenna has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Our American Hamlet), WGBH (A Christmas Celtic Sojourn), Childsplay AZ, and Phoenix Theatre. She recently signed on as Programs Coordinator of Brighter Boston, a non-profit partnership providing teenagers with professional internships in technical theatre and event production. Jenna earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University.


Russ Swift† (Lighting Design)


Linda Ross Girard† (Costume Design)


David Reiffel† (Sound Design)


Marsha Smith* (Stage Manager)
GSC: Songs for a New World, Man in Snow, Fences, Jacques Brel…, This is Our Youth, Spring Awakening, Round and Round the Garden, Fighting Over Beverly, Living Together, An Ideal Husband,Tender, Sins of the Mother, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Doubt, Widow’s Blind Date, Ponies, The Price.

Regional: School for Scandal, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Big Fish, Violet SpeakEasy Stage Co; On The Town, Lyric Stage Company; Reconcidering Hana(h), Franklin, Burning, The Company We Keep, The Farm, 5 Down 1 Across, Little Black Dress, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; 9 Circles, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Publick Theatre; Einstien’s Dreams, Underground Railway Theatre.

Education: BFA in Stage Management Emerson College. Marsha Lives on her family’s farm in Hudson NH and is glad to be back at GSC.

 

“Nash’s 1954 play about Lizzie Curry, a woman just this side of spinsterdom whose romantic hopes are reignited when grifter/dreamer Starbuck shows up on the parched cattle ranch owned by her father and run by her two brothers, occupies its own cozy niche in mid-century American drama. Despite the backdrop of economic and environmental hardship, it’s not an Arthur Miller-like exercise in realism and social commentary. Nor is it as fraught with psychosexual tension as Tennessee Williams — no one would mistake sensible Lizzie for Blanche DuBois or any of Williams’ histrionic heroines. But in his own way, Nash is just as concerned as Williams and Miller about the effect of dreams — deferred and otherwise — as they begin to dry up with age, or at least go into hiding behind weathered wooden walls.” 

“Nash’s play is really about the tricky – and very American – balancing act between pragmatism and idealism.”

 

–Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune 

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
° Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE (USA)

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. In the final week of the run there will be an additional Tuesday evening performance at 7:30pm.

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Tuesday, July 18, 7:30pm
BUY TICKETS $25

On the Cover of Time: A Memoir with Songs
Book and lyrics by Harriet Reisen, music by Jeanie Stahl, performed by Anne Gottlieb and Jeanie Stahl

Sunday, July 25, 7:30pm
BUY TICKETS $25

My Station in Life
A reading of a new play by Kenneth Riaf

Sunday, July 30, 7:30pm
FREE no reservations required