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David Henderson and Ryan Brock Will Star in Keith Huff’s Crime Drama, “A Steady Rain,” at NRACT

David Henderson (left) and Ryan Brock will star in "A Steady Rain" at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre

David Henderson (left) and Ryan Brock will star in “A Steady Rain” at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre

The newly formed Honest Pint Theatre Company will present A Steady Rain, a 2007 Broadway crime drama written by Chicago playwright Keith Huff and staged by Raleigh, NC director and drama teacher C. Glen Matthews, on Aug. 23-25, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, and Sept. 6-8 at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center. Triangle theater veterans David Henderson and Ryan Brock will star as two long-time Chicago cops facing an internal affairs investigation after a domestic disturbance turns ultra-violent.

“I first heard about this show in 2006 or 2007, when it was running in Chicago,” recalls David Henderson, who doubles as producer for this steller Honest Pint Theatre Company production. “Then it headed to Broadway with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. I started e-mailing Keith Huff’s agent to secure the rights, but at the time they were not available. It took six years to get it, and it was worth the wait!”

Henderson adds, “I love the storytelling aspect of [A Steady Rain]. This show is a great opportunity for two actors to dive into the skin of two Chicago cops and take a journey of friendship, family, betrayal, choices, consequences, love, truth, lies, past, present…. When I first heard about it, there was no question that I wanted to do it as an actor … and even less of a question that Ryan Brock had to do it with me. Securing Glen Matthews to direct and Miyuki Su to design the show was like assembling the Dream Team. Once those stars aligned, there was no way we couldn’t do it!”

In addition to producer David Henderson and director Glen Matthews, the Honest Pint Theatre Company creative team for A Steady Rain includes production designer Miyuki Su and stage manager Kevin Pendergast

When the curtain rises, Henderson says, “Denny (Ryan Brock) and Joey (yours truly) are two of Chicago’s less-than-finest — one’s a racist bully, the other, a spineless drunk. In this uncompromising crime drama, the two beat cops confess to the misdeeds and mistakes that have tipped their lives into violent chaos. After a bitter street hustler gets shaken down one too many times, Denny and Joey’s lifelong friendship, their badges, and Denny’s family all come under fire….

A Steady Rain is extremely timely!” claims actor-producer Henderson. “Just pick up a paper and read the headlines… The situations facing Denny and Joey are literally ripped from them! The content of the play will resonate with audience members long after they leave the theatre … and that is our goal. The Honest Pint Theatre Company believes that —

… [T]he purpose of playing, whose end, both first and now, was and is, to hold, as it were, a mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure….

… [A]nd that this mirror should show who we are, what and how we love, what and how we hate, what we’re doing right in the world, what we’re doing wrong; that mirror should show the state of humanity as it is. It should be affirming as well as condemning. It should make us think; it should make us laugh; it should make us cry. It should be honest.

SECOND OPINION: Aug. 21st Durham, NC Indy Week mini-preview by Byron Woods: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-steady-rain/Event?oid=3639680;

  Honest Pint Theatre Company presents A STEADY RAIN at 8 p.m. Aug. 24, 3 p.m. Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, 3 p.m. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7, and 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center.

TICKETS: $10 matinees and $15 evenings.

BOX OFFICE: https://www.vendini.com/.

SHOW: http://www.nract.org/upcoming-productions/a-steady-rain.

NEWS RELEASE: http://honestpinttheatre.blogspot.com/2013/08/press-release.html.

PRESENTER/BLOG: http://honestpinttheatre.blogspot.com/.

VENUE: http://www.nract.org/.

DIRECTIONS: https://maps.google.com/.

OTHER LINKS:

A Steady Rain (2007 Broadway drama): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Steady_Rain (Wikipedia).

The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).

Keith Huff (playwright): http://chicagodramatists.org/Content/Members/MemberPublicProfile.aspx?pageId=958233&memberId=4214402 (Chicago Dramatists bio).

C. Glen Matthews (director): https://www.facebook.com/cglen.matthews (Facebook bio).

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