‘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.

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