‘A Steady Rain’ Continues Walnut’s Studio 3 Season

Walnut Street Theatre’s 2017-18 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the hard-hitting and gripping A STEADY RAIN. Written by Keith Huff and directed by Fran Prisco, the production begins previews on February 20, opens February 22, and continues through March 25.

Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in “A Steady Rain” at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Walnut Street Theatre.

A STEADY RAIN follows two Chicago cops, Joey and Denny, who have been friends since kindergarten and are like brothers. Intensely loyal, they want to do right by the force, their family and each other. Joey is a loner with a bit of a drinking problem. Denny is a family man passed over for promotion one time too many. Their relationship is put on the line after responding to a domestic disturbance that takes a turn for the worse. Each man’s harrowing version of the truth becomes a fight for their own survival. Where the moral grey area exists, A Steady Rain begins.
Set in the seedy Chicago streets, the two wrestle between their own beliefs and morals, all while walking the thin line between right and wrong. “I am thrilled to bring this enthralling story to life at the Walnut,” noted Director Fran Prisco. “The Independence Studio on 3 is the perfect place for this intimate but blistering story of two friends and police officers who struggle to balance temptation with justice.”
A STEADY RAIN was produced by Chicago Dramatists in 2007 before transferring to the Royal George Theatre in February of 2008. That production won the Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work, Best Actor, and Best Production. The show then went through a series of staged and table readings, including an Off-Broadway workshop, before opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre on September 29, 2009. That production starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig (in his Broadway debut). The 12-week engagement broke the record for the highest weekly gross of a non-musical production on Broadway. It received several rave reviews and was named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2009 by TIME Magazine’s Richard Zoglin.
Playwright Keith Huff spent more than 20 years working for a medical journal by day and writing plays by night. After A Steady Rain opened on Broadway in 2009, his writing career rocketed. He received an offer to write for the Emmy Award-winning AMC series, Mad Men and wrote and co-produced several episodes with the series. In 2013, he began work developing the Netflix series House of Cards. He worked on the show as a writing producer—creating outlines, character arcs, and storylines for each episode. In 2014, Huff worked as a consulting producer for the TV show Helix. In 2015, he was the executive producer of the TV show Full Circle and, until 2016, he was the supervising producer of the show American Crime. Huff is currently working on developing A Steady Rain for the silver screen.

Tickets are $35-$40 and are now available at 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available at walnutstreettheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.

‘Wait Until Dark’ next for Hedgerow Theatre

The innovative and suspenseful thriller, “Wait Until Dark” tells the story of housewife Susan Hendrix who is recently blinded in a car accident. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susan’s life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has the stolen diamonds they seek.

The classic thriller comes to the Hedgerow Theatre stage February 8 to March 18, directed by Jared Reed. The cast features Adam Altman, resident company members Owen Corey, Lisa VillaMil, and Matthew Windham and theatre school student Abby Kanes. Reed describes the show as an “… intelligent gripping thriller that puts us in the mind of a powerful woman fighting for her life against some desperate, resourceful criminals.”

This innovative and suspenseful play follows housewife, Susan Hendrix (Lisa VillaMil), who is recently blinded in a car accident. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susan’s life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has the stolen diamonds they seek.

“A blind woman who must use all her resources to survive against a ruthless group of criminals is just great drama. And the final confrontation you’ll need to ‘see’ to believe,” Reed encourages.

The show previews Thursday, February 8 at 7:30, opens Friday February 9 at 7:30pm and runs through March 18. Special Matinee Wednesday March 7th at 2:00pm.

Adult ticket prices are $35, with a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for those ages 30 and under, as well as for students, are $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley.

South Camden Theatre Company 13th Season announced

South Camden Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Raymond Croce, Sr. has announced his first, full season since being named as Interim Artistic Director for the Company. His plans since becoming the Company’s artistic director call for four productions during the new 2018 season — the company’s 13th season.

Mr. Croce made the choice to celebrate women as playwrights for the 2018 season. He states, “Women surface as playwrights when the conditions are right. The way I see it, the current political movement includes a strong feminist component and revolutions in theater itself make it possible for women to seize the time and make their own mark.”

“This choice was also made because there are now two female playwrights on Broadway. They are two of the nation’s pre-eminent playwrights. Each has won nearly every award their field has to offer, including the Pulitzer Prize. Each has written works that are staged around the world and have become required reading in college classes. And each has earned an admired position in educational institutions. Both Paula Vogel and Lynn Nottage’s work has finally broken through Broadway’s long-held male dominance.”

South Camden Theatre Company is pleased to present four wonderful female playwrights on our stage.

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY — A REGIONAL PREMIERE BY JONES/HOPE/WOOTEN

Four unique, Southern women, all needing a change from the monotony of their daily lives, are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour in this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy. Join them as they decide it’s high time to reclaim the zest for life they’ve lost over the years. The Savannah Sipping Society will be directed by Randall McCann. The show runs from February 9-February 25, 2018.

ARTEMISIA — A WORLD PREMIERE BY PHILADELPHIAN LEE KISZONAS

Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the most accomplished female, Italian Baroque painters of her time. In this World Premiere piece of historical fiction, travel back to 1610 in Venice, Italy to hear her story. Artemisia was written and is being directed by Philadelphian, Lee Kiszonas. The show runs from May 4-May 20, 2018.

BY THE WATER — A REGIONAL PREMIERE BY SHARYN ROTHSTEIN

The effects of Hurricane Sandy were still felt “down-the-shore” long after the flood waters had receded. This heartfelt story of a couple and their family will grip you as they deal with this natural disaster and their failing community. By The Water was written by Sharyn Rothstein and will be directed by Scott Grumling. The show runs from September 7-September 23, 2018.

CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY — BY TWO-TIME PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAYWRIGHT LYNN NOTTAGE

1950 America is dealing with the after effects of World War II, the start of the Cold War, and bracing itself for the Civil Rights movement. Crumbs From The Table of Joy is a memory play told through Ernestine, a seventeen year old, African-American woman whose family is dealing with their own realities of change. After the death of his wife, Godfrey Crump finds religion and decides to move his family to Brooklyn. It starts out with he and his daughters, they are soon joined by Godfrey’s wife’s sister, a Communist, and his new wife, Gerte, a German woman he met on the subway. “Crumbs” is being directed by Connie Norwood. The show runs fromNovember 2-November 18, 2018.

South Camden Theatre Company, The Waterfront South Theatre

400 Jasper Street – Michael Doyle Lane, Camden, NJ 08104

Tickets: www.southcamdentheatre.org

Individual Tickets — $20.00 each

4-Show Season FlexPass is currently available that includes all four 2018 Season Shows. The new 4-show pass costs $70 and is currently available online or via phone at: (866) 811-4111.