Rain Dance

In a ramshackle cantina in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the night of July 15, 1945, four people await the test of the atomic bomb. Each of them is connected directly or indirectly with the top-secret Trinity project.

Play title: Rain Dance

Author (s): Lanford Wilson

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Publication Date: January, 2006

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Atomic Physics

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 men 1 woman

Hank, Tony, Irene, Peter

Setting: A Cantina in Los Alamos, New Mexico. At sunset

Time Period: July 15th, 1945

Synopsis of Play: In a ramshackle cantina in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the night of July 15, 1945, four people await the test of the atomic bomb. Each of them is connected directly or indirectly with the top-secret Trinity project, and over the course of the evening the horror of what is about to be unleashed on the world begins to dawn on them. As tensions mount, and questions of science, religion and morality collide, Rain Dance makes palpable the thrilling and terrifying journey of our first steps into the atomic age. (play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

First Performance Date: January 19th, 2001

First Producer: Purple Rose Theatre Company

Performance History: Rain Dance was originally commissioned, developed and produced by the Purple Rose Theatre Company (Jeff Daniels, Executive Director; Guy Sanville, Artistic Director; Alan Ribant, Managing Director) in Chelsea, Michigan. It received its world premiere at Purple Rose Theatre on January 19th, 2001. It was directed by Guy Sanville; the set design was by Vincent Mountain; the costume design was by Rebecca Ann Valentino; the lighting design was by Dana White; the sound design was by Suzi Regan; the properties design was by Danna Segrest; the stage managers were Anthony Caselli and Julie Dougherty.

Rain Dance was originally produced in New York City by the Signature Theatre Company as the final show of the 2002-2003 Lanford Wilson season, opening on May 20th, 2003. It was directed by Guy Sanville; the costume design was by Daryl A. Stone; the lighting design was by James Vermeulen; and the sound design was by Kurt Kellenberger.

Review Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/21/theater/theater-review-there-s-no-silver-lining-in-a-mushroom-cloud.html

http://variety.com/2003/legit/reviews/rain-dance-2-1200541512/

http://www.playbill.com/article/lanford-wilsons-rain-dance-makes-nyc-debut-starring-james-van-der-beek-may-20-com-113269

Entered by: Denise Gillman and Meaghan Yesford

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