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A Steady Rain, a play by Keith Huff

A Steady Rain by Keith Huff

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January 24 – February 2, 2013*

Joey and Denny are childhood best friends who also happen to be partners on their job with the Chicago Police Department.  They lean on each other in other ways as well: Joey helps out with Denny’s family; Denny keeps Joey away from his many vices. 

When a routine domestic disturbance call turns in to something much more frightening and tragic, the aftermath sends the two on a harrowing journey where friendship and loyalty are tested, and lives will be forever changed.

"Huff tells the story of a relationship of almost biblical intensity, and one riddled with love, loyalty, guilt, shame, rage and a sort of primal inevitability...Superbly rendered, often deeply poetic."
- Chicago Sun Times
"a thoroughly engrossing examination of the toll the job takes on those sworn to serve and protect, and how amorphous the line between criminal and cop can be."
- Daily Herald

*All currently scheduled performances begin at 8PM



Meet the Cast

Jim Cantrell (Joey)
Jim Cantrell PhotoJim has spent the last few years performing in murder mysteries for Ransom Note Entertainment, and co-creating and producing the live stage show called Let’s Make A Movie. Jim is returning to more traditional theater with this production of A Steady Rain. He’s returning to the Actors’ Theatre stage after performing in The Exonerated, and Jesus Hopped the A-Train. Jim also been seen on the stages at Circle Theatre and Civic Theatre.
Todd Lewis (Denny)
Todd Lewis PhotoTodd's been performing for over 20 years on the many stages in Grand Rapids. At Actors’, he has been seen in Enter The Guardsman (2002) and The Herbal Bed (1999). He has appeared as Guido in Nine and Billy Flynn in Chicago for Circle Theatre, where he also got to show The Full Monty for many sold-out performances. In addition to acting, Todd has also composed original music for productions for Circle Theatre, Heritage Theatre, and many of the colleges here in West Michigan. In 2009, Todd wrote and directed Let’s Make A Movie, an interactive theatre show based around the making of a zombie horror film.

Behind the Scenes

Keith Huff, Playwright
Keith Huff PhotoKeith Huff has an MFA from the University of Iowa's Playwright's Workshop and is the recipient of a Jeff Award, a Drama-Logue Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships. He has developed plays at O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Victory Gardens, The Eureka Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Wooly Mammoth, Eye of the Storm, Echo Theatre, Act One/Showtime, Alice's 4th Floor, Florida Studio Theatre, WordBridge Playwrights Laboratory, and Midwest PlayLabs. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway, internationally, and nationally. Recent productions include the sold-out Broadway run of "A Steady Rain" featuring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman and the critically acclaimed smash hit "The Bird and Mr. Banks" at the Road Theater in LA. Keith is currently adapting A Steady Rain for film, developing a Chicago-based series The Brothers Buczakowski for HBO, and a Co-Producer for AMC's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Mad Men.
Jeralyn Pinsky, Director
Jeralyn is approaching her 20th play directed for Actors' Theatre, starting with it's first season in 1980, as well as many more in local theaters. Jeralyn holds two Grand Awards to her credit, in addition to a lifetime of acting in local and community theater. She holds a BA from Cornell University and has studied in colloquia with world-class directors at Columbia University, University of Washington, and the University of Illinois.