Classic Play ‘The Rainmaker’ Will Run Three Weekends At Surfside Playhouse In Cocoa Beach

By  //  January 3, 2017

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Jan. 13-29, Adult tickets $25, discounts available

ABOVE VIDEO:  A scene from N. Richard Nash’s, “The Rainmaker,” performed by The NYU Steinhardt Youth Theatre Ensemble.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – A 1954 hit on Broadway, a 1956 film with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn and a frequent regional theater favorite, The Rainmaker is a lively two-act romantic comedy with broad humor and heartfelt dialogue that explores the human need for the miraculous and the power of self-image.

In the N. Richard Nash play set during the Great Depression “Dust Bowl” of the 1930’s, the farm of a Texas rancher is starved for water and his spinster daughter, Lizzie, is starved for love.

Then glib, handsome Bill Starbuck comes to town with a promise to bring rain. The result is superb Central Florida entertainment. The Rainmaker at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach will run for three weekends, January 13 through 29, under the direction of Bryan Bergeron.

The seven starring performers are Sarah Roberts, Scott Sutherland, Dusty Ray, David Bondy, Matthew Davis, Matthew Hall and Michael J. Fiore.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM, Sunday shows are at 2:00 PM.

Adult tickets to all shows are $25, Senior/Student/Military $22.

Tickets are available at the door or through the theatre by CLICKING HERE.

The 250-seat Surfside Playhouse, “where the beach meets the stage,” is west on South Fifth Street from Highway A1A and located at 301 Ramp Road, at the northwest corner of Brevard Avenue and Ramp Road.

For more information about The Rainmaker, call 321-783-3127.

Artistic Director for the Surfside Players, Bryan Bergeron believes The Rainmaker plucks at every emotion.

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“The Curry men in this play obsess more about marrying off plain 29-year old Lizzie than they do about their dying cattle,” said Bergeron. “Our Rainmaker cast will have you laughing, crying and everything in between as you realize, ‘sometimes you just gotta believe’.”

In continuous operation since 1963, the Surfside Playhouse is home to the Surfside Players and presents a full season of self-produced shows and community performances each year.

The original play received rave reviews. The reviews called the play “Stirring” (Newsday), “captivating” (New York Times), “wonderfully funny” (New York Daily News), and a “classic” (Chicago Sun-Times).

Auditions for the March 2017 production of South Pacific will be held January 15-16. CLICK HERE for more information and tickets, or call 321-783-3127.