Here's a little sneak peek into our upcoming workshop, Rain Follows the Plow by Rachel Nelson. Watch this trailer, and then join us March 9 & 10 at the Playwright's Center for a workshop presentation. We want your feedback, ideas, and opinions, so come join in the conversation!
Trailer by Carl Atiya Swanson
And a press release!
Savage Umbrella Continues New Play Development with Rain Follows The Plow Public Workshop
Workshop opens up new play process to public feedback and involvement
Minneapolis, MN – Savage Umbrella is pleased to announce a public workshop for Rain Follows The Plow, written by Rachel Nelson and directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe. To be held at The Playwrights’ Center March 9th and 10th, the Rain Follows The Plow public workshop follows the successful script development pattern that Savage Umbrella used for their 2011 hit, The Ravagers (“Top Ten shows of 2011”, Lavender Magazine; “Best Use of a Venue”, City Pages). “By opening up the script-writing process to public critique and comment, Savage Umbrella is better able to reflect the relevant conversations of our time and live up to our mission of engaging artists and audiences in vital discourse,” Artistic Director Leffler-McCabe says. “This kind of work invests audiences early as they become part of process of making new work.”
Rain Follows The Plow investigates Manifest Destiny, masculinity and American exceptionalism through two parallel stories of relationships in flux. In the Dust Bowl, idealistic radio personality Clarence and his wife, Ingrid, struggle to reconcile idealism and the exhaustion brought on by the Great Depression. In the present day, Clara attempts to reclaim her lost childhood home, with the help of Jack and a plot to blow up a dam. “Rain Follows The Plow is knee-deep in the grit we call guts,” notes the playwright Nelson. “With the help of a truly fabulous cast, we are examining the ways that big concepts in politics, history, and identity play out in our most intimate relationships. In other words, what does it mean when manifest destiny worms its way between the sheets?”
The public workshop will feature actors Seth Conover, Adelin Phelps and Eve Tugwell, as well as Savage Umbrella company members Tanner Curl and Amber Davis. Rain Follows The Plow is slated for full production in the Savage Umbrella 2012-2013 season.
Rain Follows The Plow, A Public Workshop
Written by Rachel Nelson and Directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe
March 9 & 10, The Playwrights’ Center
2301 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
$5-$15 Suggested donation, no-one turned away