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Title: Rainmaker, The
Author(s): N. Richard Nash
Licensing Agent: Samuel French, Inc
Genre: Comedy
Length: Full
Male Roles: 6
Female Roles: 1
Extras: 0

Description: At 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. An excellent play for all groups.

Character Gender Role Size Min Age Max Age Description
H C Curry M Lead 50 70 Lizzie's father, capable, efficient. A good man whose love and integrity you feel.
Noah M Supporting 30 40 Lizzie's brother. Somewhat self-righteous with little imagination. He is rigidly opinionated, but underneath there is a deep love for his family.
Jim M Supporting 20 25 Younger brother in his early 20's. Big, broad shouldered, impetuous, but childlike when he opens his mouth. Always excited about the world and what's going on in it.
File M Supporting 30 40 Sheriff's deputy. File is reticent, intelligent, and perhaps a little bitter because of what life has dealt him. Somewhere there is a sense of humor about him, and you're in his corner.
Sheriff M Supporting 50 60 Likable, frustrated with File because he likes him. Just a sheriff.
Lizzie F Supporting 25 40 Late 20's, early 30's, old in 1930 if you're not married, and she's not. She is the woman in the Curry household, strong, integral. She is not a beauty, of which she is painfully aware. There is a little desperation about her, but also promise.
Starbuck M Lead 35 45 Good looking, strong, the ultimate con man that can make you believe black is white, but basically a loser and a dreamer always looking beyond the mark. He changes Lizzie's life.

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