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WRITTEN BY Keith Huff
DIRECTED BY Malinda L. Beckham

SEASON 6 | 2021–2022

FEB 18 ‒ MARCH 5, 2022

MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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RUNTIME: 90 minutes (with one, 15-minute intermission)

BroadwayWorld Houston calls Hescher's original music for A Steady Rain, "breathtaking" and Houston Press says it's "the best score this season."

A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago.

Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival. Who will be the last man standing?

Originally staged in 2016 as the opening production in its inaugural season, Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. restages the gritty Chicago drama with an updated score composed by cinematic pop musician and performer, Hescher.

My first exposure to A Steady Rain was in 2013 when I saw a production of the play in Galveston. Kevin Daugherty, at that time, was playing the part of Joey and I was excited to see it. I was not prepared for what I experienced in that theatre in Galveston. I was stunned by the rawness of the script and moved by the depth of the relationship between Joey and Denny. It left me sweating my seat a few minutes after curtain call, processing what I had just witnessed.

Our initial production process began in September 2015 when we presented the first scene of the play as a workshop piece. This time, Kevin was in the role of Denny and Trevor was playing Joey. I knew that, for us, this was the right casting, and right away I knew that sound was going to be vitally important. In fact, music was to be the third character. We were extremely fortunate that Hescher agreed to compose the score and perform it live during the initial production in July 2016.

To have an opportunity to reassemble the original cast and creative team while adding fresh elements to the soundscape by Jon Harvey has been a memorable, satisfying experience to be long appreciated. It’s not often we get the opportunity to reproduce a play that has found its way so deeply into my gut.

Many things have changed in society since our first production in 2016. I have thought a lot about that. This play opens a lot of space for the audience to filter and receive this story in their own, unique way. As you will see, Denny’s account isn’t completely true, nor is Joey’s. The truth lies somewhere in the in-between, where memory meets self-preservation.

 

The Reason

The Story

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Special LIVE after-show performance by the composer, Hescher!

VIEW THE PROGRAM

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“...one of the most beautifully performed operatic shows you will see this year on any stage in Houston.”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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READ THE HOUSTON PRESS REVIEW

READ THE BROADWAYWORLD HOUSTON REVIEW

“Superbly directed by Malinda L. Beckham who imaginatively keeps the tension ratcheted at ten, she has assembled a superlative team who overlay Rain with a most attractive film noir gloss.”

“This is how you electrify an audience with barely any set, a pair of brave actors, a musical genius, whipsmart lighting, and a deft directorial hand from the company's leading lady.”

The Promotion

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BEHIND THE SCENES: ACTOR & DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHTS

The Reaction

“...a stunning two man performance that left us reeling.”

“Just go. You won’t see a better play in Houston this year.”

“...an amazing, emotionally gripping experience.”

A Steady Rain Team

CAST

CREATIVE TEAM

Hescher

Original Score

Malinda L. Beckham

Director, Scenic & Costume Design

John Baker

Lighting Design

Gary Griffin

Photographer

CREW

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager

Trevor B. Cone

Joey

Kevin Daugherty

Denny

Jon Harvey

Sound Design

Mark Lewis

Production Manager

Please note the following safety guidelines for your visit to MATCH

  • In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are not required, but suggested, for guests who are fully vaccinated while in the breezeway and lobby areas. For those guests who are not fully vaccinated we ask that you continue to wear a mask throughout the theater and lobby areas.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. will require that all patrons be masked inside the theatre.
  • No food or drink is permitted inside the theater.
  • MATCH has made hand sanitizer and disposable masks available in each of our theater lobbies.

These precautions are subject to change depending on the public health guidelines.

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