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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE OLD GLOBE’S REVIVAL OF THE RAINMAKER


SAN DIEGO (June 26, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the Globe’s revival of N. Richard Nash’s classic romantic comedy The Rainmaker. Directed by Maria Mileaf, The Rainmaker will run July 13 – August 11, 2013 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 13 – July 17. Opening night is Thursday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The Rainmaker is set against the sweeping landscape of the American Midwest. On her family’s drought-ridden ranch, Lizzie’s hopes and dreams have run as dry as the barren fields. When the irresistible Starbuck arrives in town, selling the promise of rain, Lizzie must decide: is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?

“It’s the Globe’s pleasure to add a sweet note of romance to the beautiful San Diego summer,” said Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The Rainmaker’s story of a young woman’s search for love and for self in the vast open spaces of the American plains continues to resonate. The Old Globe’s production, under the visionary direction of Maria Mileaf, finds the beating heart in a gorgeous play that deserves its place in the pantheon of American classics.”

Danielle Skraastad makes her Globe debut as Lizzie. Her Broadway credits include All My Sons, and her Off Broadway credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Signature Theatre Company/The Public Theater), In the Wake (The Public Theater), The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Anon (Atlantic Theater Company) and The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre Company).

Gbenga Akinnagbe plays the mysterious Starbuck. His theater credits include The Oedipus Cycle (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Henry V (The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park) and The Thin Place (Intiman Theatre). He is also known for his leading role on the HBO series “The Wire” as well as recurring roles on “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie” and the new USA series “Graceland.”

The cast of The Rainmaker alsofeatures Tug Coker (File), Peter Douglas (Noah Curry), Kyle Harris (Jim Curry), John Judd (H. C. Curry) and Herbert Siguenza (Sheriff Thomas).

The creative team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Sound Design), Ryan Beattie Scrimger (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Monica A. Cuoco (Stage Manager).

The Rainmaker is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Peter Cooper and Norman Blachford and California Bank & Trust. Additional support is provided by KPMG.

N. Richard Nash (Playwright) was born Nathaniel Richard Nusbaum on June 7, 1913, in Philadelphia. While in school at University of Pennsylvania he directed plays at Bryn Mawr, a nearby women’s college, and received great reviews for a play he wrote featuring only female characters. Nash received the Maxwell Anderson Verse Drama Award for Parting at Imsdorf (1940). His other notable theatrical plays include Second Best Bed (1946), The Young and Fair (1948), See the Jaguar (1952), Girls of Summer (1956), Handful of Fire (1958) and the musical Wildcat (1960). During the 1950s, Nash was one of six writers selected by producer Fred Coe to create serious drama for television. His most famous play, The Rainmaker, appeared in all three mediums: on Broadway in 1954, as a motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in 1956 and as a television production in 1982. A musical version of The Rainmaker, entitled 110 Degrees in the Shade, debuted on Broadway in 1963. Among Nash’s screenplay credits are Nora Prentiss (1946), Dear Wife (1950) and Top of the World (1955). Adapting the works of others, he wrote the script for The Sainted Sisters (1948) and Porgy and Bess (1959). Later in his career, Nash focused on writing novels. East Wind, Rain (1977), inspired by his time serving with the Office of War Information during World War II, took seven years to research. Other novels include Cry Macho (1975) and Radiance (1983). He died on Dec. 11, 2000, in New York City at the age of 87.

Maria Mileaf (Director) has directed the New York productions of Lee Blessing’s Body of Water (Primary Stages) and Going to St. Ives (Outer Critic Circle Award for Best New Play, 2005), Alexandra Gerston-Vassilaros’ The Argument (Vineyard Theatre), Kira Obolensky’s Lobster Alice (Playwrights Horizons), Vijay Tendulkar’s Sakharam Binder and Eric Emmanuel-Schmidt’s Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran (The Play Company), Brooke Berman’s A Perfect Couple (DR2 Theatre), Oren Safdie’s Private Jokes, Public Places (Center for Architecture), Erik Ehn’s ‘Maid (Lincoln Center Festival), Neena Beber’s Hard Feelings (Women’s Project), Julia Cho’s 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theatre) and Dawn Saito’s HA (Dance Theater Workshop). Regionally, her credits include Patricia Wettig’s F2M and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Ninety (New York Stage and Film), Going to St. Ives (La Jolla Playhouse), Lucy Prebble’s The Sugar Syndrome, John Belluso’s A Nervous Smile and Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty and Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play), Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles (Berkshire Theatre Festival) and Wasserstein’s Third with Christine Lahti (Geffen Playhouse). On the West End, Mileaf directed Richard Schiff in Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel. She received her M.F.A. from University of California, San Diego.

TICKETS to The Rainmaker can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on July 13 and continue through Aug. 11. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Additional events taking place during the run of The Rainmaker include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: The Rainmaker
Monday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience. The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: The Rainmaker
Tuesday, July 23, Wednesday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 30. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the The Rainmaker cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDAR: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6/2-9/29), The Merchant of Venice (6/9-9/28), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (6/16-9/26), The Rainmaker (7/13-8/11), Double Indemnity (7/27-8/25), The Last Goodbye (9/20-11/3), The Few (9/28-10/27).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

GBENGA AKINNAGBE (Bill Starbuck) began his career at The Shakespeare Theatre Company as a soldier/servant in The Oedipus Cycle, followed by Henry V at Shakespeare in the Park in New York. On the hit HBO series “The Wire,” he went from being an extra to a recurring role to the lead role of Chris Parlow by the end of the series. His first film was the Oscar Award-nominated The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney. Next he appeared in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 with Denzel Washington, followed by Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. Akinnagbe recurred on “The Good Wife” and “Nurse Jackie” and is currently on the USA show “Graceland.” Akinnagbe’s most recent play was the one-person show The Thin Place at Intiman Theatre. He has produced a number of critically acclaimed films including the 2013 Sundance hit Newlyweeds and Dances With Film’s 2013 Industry Choice Award-winning Home, in which he also stars.

TUG COKER (File) was most recently seen on stage portraying basketball legend Larry Bird on Broadway in Magic/Bird directed by Thomas Kail. His other theater credits include Lisa D’Amour’s The Cataract (Women’s Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Snow in June (American Repertory Theater), Take Me Out (The Studio Theatre) and You Can’t Take It with You (Capital Repertory Theatre). His television credits include “The Office,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Raising Hope,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Torchwood” and “Chuck.” Coker will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

PETER DOUGLAS (Noah Curry) has performed the title roles in Hamlet and Henry V (Interlochen Center for the Arts), Agrippa in Antony and Cleopatra (Washington Shakespeare Company), Herakles in Prometheus (The Studio Theatre), Hal in Picnic (The American Century Theater), Oberon and Theseus in Joe Dowling’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Canterbury in Sam Gold’s production of Edward II (Lincoln Center Theater, REDCAT). While at The Juilliard School, Douglas originated the role of Max in Mark Wing-Davey’s production of Craig Lucas’ musical The Listener. He recently appeared on ABC’s “Modern Family” and wrapped filming the Fox Digital feature ETXR.

KYLE HARRIS (Jim Curry) was previously seen at the Globe in the world premiere musical A Room with a View. His Broadway and National Tour credits include Sondheim on Sondheim and Tony in West Side Story. He recently recurred as Seth throughout the first season of “The Carrie Diaries” on The CW and guest stars on the critically acclaimed web series “High Maintenance.” His other television and web credits include “Blogger Girls” (MTV), “Guiding Light,” Tony in “Web Site Story” (CollegeHumor) and “Submissions Only.” His Off Broadway and other regional theater credits include Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons), Hair (Arizona Theatre Company) and Dream a Little Dream (Florida Stage).

JOHN JUDD (H. C. Curry) has Chicago credits that include Measure for Measure, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Iceman Cometh, A Christmas Carol, Magnolia and Shining City (Goodman Theatre), Three Sisters, Clybourne Park, Last of the Boys, The Dresser, The Butcher of Baraboo, Orson’s Shadow, Our Town and Golden Boy (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Feast: an intimate Tempest and Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Othello, Crime and Punishment and The Price (Writers’ Theatre), Great Men of Science Nos. 21 and 22 (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Lettice and Lovage and Gross Indecency (Court Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Northlight Theatre), Gagarin Way (A Red Orchid Theatre), A Number (Next Theatre Company), Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika (The Journeymen Theater Company), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Irish Repertory of Chicago), Come Back, Little Sheba (Shattered Globe Theatre) and many others. Judd’s Off Broadway appearances include Crime and Punishment (59E59 Theaters) and Orson’s Shadow and An Oak Tree (Barrow Street Theatre). His other regional and international appearances include the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of American Buffalo (McCarter Theatre Center), Shining City (Huntington Theatre Company), Orson’s Shadow (Beaver Creek Theatre Festival), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Town Hall Theatre, Ireland) as well as Williamstown Theatre Festival and Westport Country Playhouse.

HERBERT SIGUENZA (Sheriff Thomas) is a founding member of the performance group Culture Clash, the most produced Latino theater troupe in the United States. Siguenza has co-written and/or performed in the Culture Clash plays American Night (commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Palestine, New Mexico, Water and Power and Chavez Ravine (all commissioned by Mark Taper Forum), Peace (commissioned by the Getty Villa), Zorro in Hell (commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Birds (commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory), Bordertown (commissioned by San Diego Repertory Theatre), Radio Mambo, Nuyorican Stories, Anthems, S.O.S., A Bowl of Beings, The Mission and others. As a solo writer Siguenza is currently touring his one-man show A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. He is a recent recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations grant.

DANIELLE SKRAASTAD (Lizzie Curry) has been seen on Broadway in All My Sons and Off Broadway in Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb), The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre Company), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Signature Theatre Company/The Public Theater), In the Wake (The Public Theater), Anon (Atlantic Theater Company), The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), the world premiere of The Eyes of Others (New Ohio Theatre), Lidless (Page 73 Productions), Carrie: A Period Piece (Theatre Couture/PS122), Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project) and Big Times (Women’s Expressive Theater). She has appeared regionally in the world premiere of In the Wake (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group), for which she received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nomination, the world premiere of Tomorrow in the Battle (Stageworks/Hudson), Death Tax (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Magnetic North (Portland Stage) and Becky Shaw and Big Love (The Wilma Theater). Regionally Skraastad has also worked at Hartford Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre and Two River Theater Company. Her film and television credits include 27 Dresses, Michael Clayton, The Business of Story, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Unforgettable,” ”Mercy” and “Fringe.”

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FACT SHEET

THE RAINMAKER
By N. Richard Nash
Directed by Maria Mileaf

RUNS: July 13 – Aug. 11, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: When the mysterious and irresistible Starbuck arrives in her drought-ridden town, Lizzie must decide: is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?

CREATIVE TEAM: N. Richard Nash (Playwright), Maria Mileaf (Director), Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Sound Design), Ryan Beattie Scrimger (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Monica A. Cuoco (Stage Manager).

CAST: Gbenga Akinnagbe (Bill Starbuck), Tug Coker (File), Peter Douglas (Noah Curry), Kyle Harris (Jim Curry), John Judd (H. C. Curry), Herbert Siguenza (Sheriff Thomas) and Danielle Skraastad (Lizzie Curry).

PREVIEWS:
Jul 13 SAT 8pm
Jul 14 SUN 7pm
Jul 16 TUE 7pm
Jul 17 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Jul 18 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Jul 19 FRI 8pm
Jul 20 SAT 2pm
Jul 20 SAT 8pm
Jul 21SUN 2pm
Jul 21 SUN 7pm
Jul 23 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jul 24 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jul 25 THU 8pm
Jul 26 FRI 8pm
Jul 27 SAT 2pm
Jul 27 SAT 8pm
Jul 28 SUN 2pm
Jul 28 SUN 7pm
Jul 30 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jul 31 WED 7pm
Aug 1 THU 8pm
Aug 2 FRI 8pm
Aug 3 SAT 2pm
Aug 3 SAT 8pm
Aug 4 SUN 2pm
Aug 4 SUN 7pm
Aug 6 TUE 7pm
Aug 7 WED 7pm
Aug 8 THU 8pm
Aug 9 FRI 8pm
Aug 10 SAT 2pm
Aug 10 SAT 8pm
Aug 11 SUN 2pm
Aug 11 SUN 7pm

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, July 23, Wednesday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 30
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org