Padatik Theatre and USIS, Kolkata's production
Premiere:7, 9, 15 & 16 September 1990, at Gyan Manch, Kolkata
When drought strikes, it sears land, shrivels crops and slays the animals. Nothing grows. And until water falls, there is only survival. Life becomes merely pragmatic, barely functional. Finally, under such a burden, Man can lose his soul.
It is against such a landscape as metaphor that we meet the Curry family. Father H.C. has always let his children find their own way in life. The youngest, Jimmy, clings to a romantic illusion or two, but the eldest brother Noah’s strong belief only in what is practical and rational seeks to batter it out of him. And even honest, plain Lizzie, who does not want to resort to deception to ‘get a husband’, is coming to believe that Noah is right, that she will be an unmarried ‘old maid’, that like the dying and cracked land she is barren.
Enter The Rainmaker. He is a fast talker, a dream- merchant, a weaver of stories, a bringer of hope. He promises rain of course and that the cows will spring back to life and the land blossom bright green with fresh crops. Is he honest? Can he do what he says? You will find out in the course of the play.
Regardless, Richard Nash seems to be suggesting we need hope in order to keep our souls. We must not live in a world of dreams, but we also mustn’t be limited only to the difficult realities. With a touch of hope, Jimmy can meet his girl; Starbuck can receive his money; Deputy Sheriff File can risk committing himself to another human being again; and Lizzie- our wonderful Lizzie- can even have a choice of husbands!
This play and all of the Arts are the moist clouds on the horizon when things around us seem altogether too dry and bleak. For it is the imagination which can free us and help us rise from the earthly limits we set for ourselves, so that we soar where beauty is.
About The Director
Rodney Marriot made his New York debut with The Runner Stumbles at Circle Repertory in 1979, and since has also directed Innocent Thoughts Harmless Intentions, The Diviners’ and The Holdup for them. He has over a hundred productions to his credit. These include a production for NSD, Delhi titled Karori Marco and a musical in China.
His other major stage works include The Rivals, Twelfth Night, A Street Car Named Desire and A View FromThe Bridge for Yale University.
Mr. Marriot was Associate Artistic Director at New York’s award winning Circle Repertory Company and was working on a number of new plays, while he was directing this play.
Cast and Credits:
Cast:Rajaram Yagnik - as H.C. Curry
Shakil Khan/ Pradip Roy - as Noah Curry
B.M. Hada - as Jim Curry
Vinay Sharma - as File
Mahmud Alam/ KunalPadhy - as Sheriff Thomas
Arun Sharma - as Bill Starbuck
Credits:Playwright - Richard Nash
Translation - Ranjit Kapoor
Direction - Rodney Marriot
Design - Christopher Barreca
Assistant to Director - Mahmud Alam
Associate Designer - Neetu Khilnani
Stage Manager - Dinesh Poddar
Producer - Arun Sharma
Production In-Charge - Pradip Roy
Design:Design - Christopher Barreca
About the Designer
Christopher Barreca, the designer accompanying Mr. Marriot is a graduate from the Yale School of Drama and has been an Associate Designer to Ming Cho Lee for many years.
Mr. Barreca has designed over a hundred productions in America’s major Professional, Regional, New York and Opera Theatres. His designs include Volpone by Ben Johnson, directed by Stan Wodjewodski at the Gutherie Theatre, America’s largest regional theatre. Mr. Barreca has won many awards for his experimental designs of Ibsen’s plays at the America Ibsen Theatre.
Mr. Barreca, at the time he designed for this play, was teaching theatre design at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Execution:Sets - Dinesh Poddar
Lights - Chhotka Das
Sound - Raju Khatnani / Md. Naseem
Costumes - Neetu Khilnani
Props - Semi Ahmed
Scenic Artist - Jayanta Chowdhury
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