The Chicago Commercial Collective has announced its first production, the remount of the Chicago and Broadway hit drama, A Steady Rain, will tour Wisconsin and Michigan this fall. Currently, A Steady Rain completes its successful nine-week run at the Chicago Dramatists Sunday, Sept. 2.
The first stop on the Midwest tour, which will feature the original cast and artistic team, is Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee, WI (October 25 – 28) and then Acorn Theatre in Three Oaks, MI (November 1 and 2.) This remount of A Steady Rain is the first production for the Chicago Commercial Collective, a new company focused on producing Chicago theater of incredible quality, commercial appeal and fostering a new age among Chicago’s mid-sized commercial theaters.
“We couldn’t be happier that A Steady Rain has been such a success. We were so excited to bring this play back to Chicago audiences with the magnificent original creative team. To be able to send this show, which represents Chicago in all its aspects, to other cities around the Midwest, is a great example of how The Collective wants to share Chicago stories and talent with larger audiences.” said Brian Loevner a founding partner of the Chicago Commercial Collective.
A Steady Rain received its world premiere at the Chicago Dramatists in fall 2007 and was an instant hit. The production ran for six-weeks before moving to the Royal George Theatre for a four-month run and then opened on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in September 2009. The Chicago Commercial Collective remounted A Steady Rain in Chicago with its original cast and crew at the Chicago Dramatists for a successful nine week run in July 2013.
A Steady Rain is the story of two seasoned police officers, Denny (RAndy Steinmeyer) and Joey (Peter DeFaria) who find themselves caught up in a conflict between family and duty when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a boy. When the horrific truth of the situation is made public, one of the two must take the blame for the fatal mistake. Their life-long friendship is put to the test, as both men struggle with issues of honor, love and loyalty in the face of adversity.
The design team for A Steady Rain includes set designer Tom Burch, lighting designer Jeff Pines, costume designer Samantha Jones, sound designer Mike Tutaj, and stage manager Wendye Clarendon.
Full Tour Information:
Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Thursday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 28
Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased beginning September 15 at www.nextact.org.
Three Oaks, Michigan
Acorn Theatre, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, Michigan
Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. (EASTERN)
Tickets can be purchased at www.acorntheater.com beginning September 15.
For more information on the tour and The Chicago Commercial Collective, visit www.ChicagoCommercialCollective.com.
Keith Huff is currently writer/producer for the upcoming David Fincher/NetFlix series House of Cards, featuring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. He has written the film adaptation of A Steady Rain for Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (EON Films), original pilots for HBO, Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks TV, and AMC, and was Writer/Co-Producer for season 4 of AMC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series Mad Men, for which he won a 2011 Writers Guild Award (Best Drama Series). Recent Theater Productions include The Detective’s Wife (Writer’s Theater), A Steady Rain featuring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman (Broadway), and Pursued By Happiness and The Bird and Mr. Banks (Road Theater). Upcoming Theater Productions include Big Lake Big City at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater (directed by David Schwimmer) and productions of The Detective’s Wife in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. A Steady Rain continues to be produced across the US and around the world, most recently in France (Paris & national tour), Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Spain (Barcelona & Catalan tour) and Canada. It is currently running in Hungary and Greece, on tour in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, and new productions are scheduled to open in Brazil, Prague, Venezuala, Tokyo, Colombia, Madrid, and London in 2012-2013. Huff has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop, is a Resident Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists, and is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships.