A classic play for modern times, The Rainmaker, opens May 27 at The Pentacle Theatre in Salem, Oregon.
The play centers on a young woman, Lizzie, who fights against social convention, her all-male family and townspeople — who all expect her to snag a man by whatever means necessary and get married. Although set in 1930s Kansas, The Rainmaker in many ways showcases an early — and somewhat unexpected — feminist.
Lizzie rebels against doing what the men in life tell her to do. Failed attempts by her well-meaning but clueless brothers and father to marry her off are both painful and hilarious. Match.com would never have survived if these hapless matchmakers were involved.
Lizzie and her family meet Starbuck, who bills himself as The Rainmaker. Charming, charismatic and slippery with the truth, Starbuck is wise about the world, women and Lizzie in particular.
Starbuck claims he can save the fortunes of drought-stricken local farmers and ranchers through his magical powers of bringing much-needed rain. And while Lizzie is not taken in by Starbuck’s rainmaking claims, she is enchanted by his personality. Lizzie connects both with the charming newcomer and also the hometown deputy sheriff, in a love triangle that must be untangled as Lizzie discovers what she really wants out of life.
What: The Rainmaker was written by N. Richard Nash. It’s directed by Pentacle Theatre veteran Jo Dodge, and features Lauren Donovan of Salem as Lizzie and Ryan Downey of Sublimity as Starbuck. The cast also includes Joe Botkin, Walter Haight, Anthony Hicks, Jordan Mackor and Matthew Morris.
When and where: The Rainmaker runs from Friday, May 27, through Saturday, June 18, at The Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.
Sponsored by: The Rainmaker is graciously sponsored by OregonWest Excursions.
Tickets: $20 for weekday performances and $21 for weekend shows; seniors, students, active military and Pentacle Theatre members receive a $1.50 discount. There is an additional $2 fee on opening night for a catered post-show party. Advance tickets are available online at pentacletheatre.org, at the downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE, or by calling 503-485-4300.
Tickets for low-income persons: In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers half-price tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to salemforall.org.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival at Pentacle Theatre!
Tickets are selling fast for a special evening of insight and information about the inner workings of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with Dr. Lue Morgan Douthit, taking place at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem.
Learn about OSF’s commitment to new works, including the American Revolutions program, Black Swan Lab and Play On!, the Shakespeare translation project. Enjoy a presentation of Timon of Athens in a whole new way as Pentacle Theatre actors, Jeff Sanders and Gregory Jolivette, read from Shakespeare’s original text, side-by-side with a commissioned translation.
Bring your curiosity and questions!
Monday, June 6
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (presentation, Q & A and reception)
At our beautiful theater
Tickets are $20 and can be booked by calling the OSF Development Office at 541-482-2111, ext. 386 or by email at email@example.com.
A few tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit theatre education at Pentacle Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Special thanks to Beverly and Michael Carrick and Connie and Herb Sims.
Thanks to our partners, Salem’s Grand Hotel and the Salem Convention Center.