Kauai Community Players presents an American classic, The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, directed by Bard Widmer. The Rainmaker opens May 6 and plays for three weekends through May 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 Kikowaena Street, Lihue.
HELD OVER BY POPULAR DEMAND thanks to the generosity of the cast and crew! The Rainmaker will play additional performances at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse Friday and Saturday May 27 and 28 at 7pm and Sunday May 29 at 4pm.
The Rainmaker is a dramatic comedy taking place on a ranch at the time of a paralyzing drought. It focuses on Lizzie Curry (Rebecca Hanson), a plain girl whose brothers (Jim Warrack and Bailey Hutton) 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 Starbuck (Ian Foster), a charismatic, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a “rainmaker,” Starbuck promises to bring rain for $100. He is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents. Meanwhile the rainmaker also turns his magic on Lizzie, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father (Morgan Liddell) believes the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love. Fili Lasau is File, the deputy sheriff and admirer of Lizzie, and Bruce Fehring is the sheriff.
Tickets are $20, $5 off opening weekend with discounts for KCP members, seniors and students. There is a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, May 5 at 7pm; admission at the door by donation.
“Admirable skill… [and] insight into the human heart…. The touch of a poet…. A hit you must see.” —N.Y. Mirror.
“[The Rainmaker‘s] underlying theme—the need for faith in oneself and others—is universal.” —Chicago Reader
“The notion of dreams coming true might seem a preposterous conceit in a more cynical era, yet The Rainmaker, N. Richard Nash’s unabashedly optimistic 1953 … Broadway hit, still has the power to keep disbelief at bay… After nearly half a century, The Rainmaker still makes a handsomely staged case for miracles.” —LA Times
* Online reservations can be made until three hours before the show time. You cannot make a reservation online or via phone within two hours of your chosen showtime.
* Member pricing is for current KCP members only and does not apply to guests, except for individual Sustaining Members and Angels who may bring one guest at the member price.
* Senior tickets are for age 62 and up.