BoHo Theatre continues its 2017 season with THREE DAYS OF RAIN by Richard Greenberg at the Heartland Studio beginning May 18th. Full of sharp language, arresting images, and complex characters, THREE DAYS OF RAIN challenges us to consider our own biases and blind spots. The production is directed by Derek Van Barham, who was named one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30.
Perpetual drifter Walker Janeway reappears in New York for the reading of his father’s will. He and his sister expect to inherit the famed “Janeway House” that their father Ned designed with his business partner, Theo. But when the house is left to Theo’s son instead, the betrayal leads Walker to unearth a cryptic journal that he believes proves his father is a fraud. The truth of the past, however, is much different than any of them realize. Shifting from present to past, THREE DAYS OF RAIN examines the depth of family secrets and how one event can be seen from many points of view.
THREE DAYS OF RAIN was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama. A 2006 Broadway revival starred Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd. Among playwright Richard Greenberg’s many Broadway and off-Broadway plays is his best known – TAKE ME OUT, which won the Tony Award for Best Play and, like THREE DAYS OF RAIN, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
At a time when the perception of truth continues to divide our communities, THREE DAYS OF RAIN shows us how easy it is for us to let our own perception and history color our view of past events. “I’m especially interested in inspiring an audience to look closer, to recognize the patterns in their own lives, and wonder what they are leaving behind for others,” says director Derek Van Barham, who past work includes ANGRY FAGS at Steppenwolf Garage, PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (with David Zak) and SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED (Jeff nomination) with Pride Films & Plays, and FROM THESE FATAL LOINS with The Ruckus.
The production uses three actors to portray both the children and their parents in the story, offering a tour-de-force challenge for actors. The intimate environment of the Heartland Studio provides audiences with an up-close seat to this intergenerational mystery of longing for real connection.
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