Friday, September 26, 2014

the rainmaker | preparing for the role

We've been overhearing the team for THE RAINMAKER talking about the research they've been doing to prepare for the show, and we thought it would be fun to let you in on what helps shape the actors' perception of the world of the play.

A four-part documentary created by Ken Burns in 2012 for PBS on the Dust Bowl, a period of about eight years in the 1930s of severe drought and dust storms in the US and Canada.  

The stories of individual Canadians who survived the depression and droughts of the 1930s, including many stories from farms and ranches similar to the Curry Family Ranch in The Rainmaker.

The story of the Dionne quintuplets, born in the 1930s, giving another picture of that time.

This classic story gets right into the world of The Rainmaker, depicting the Great Depression and Dust Bowl through the lens of one farming family.

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