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Artistic Director, Bryan Bergeron



Romantic Comedy ‘The Rainmaker’ in Cocoa Beach

Endearing American Classic at Surfside Playhouse Jan. 13-29  


(COCOA BEACH, FL) January 2, 2017 –   A 1954 hit on Broadway, a 1956 film with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn and a frequent regional theater favorite, The Rainmaker is a lively two-act romantic comedy with broad humor and heartfelt dialogue that explores the human need for the miraculous and the power of self-image. In the N. Richard Nash play set during the Great Depression “Dust Bowl” of the 1930′s, the farm of a Texas rancher is starved for water and his spinster daughter, Lizzie, is starved for love. Then glib, handsome Bill Starbuck comes to town with a promise to bring rain. The result is superb Central Florida entertainment. The Rainmaker at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach will run for three weekends, January 13 through 29, under the direction of Bryan Bergeron.  The seven starring performers are Sarah Roberts, Scott Sutherland, Dusty Ray, David Bondy, Matthew Davis, Matthew Hall and Michael J. Fiore.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM, Sunday shows are at 2:00 PM.  Adult tickets to all shows are $25, Senior/Student/Military $22.  Tickets are available at the door or through the theatre website at  The 250-seat Surfside Playhouse, “where the beach meets the stage,” is west on South Fifth Street from Highway A1A and located at 301 Ramp Road, at the northwest corner of Brevard Avenue and Ramp Road.  For more information about The Rainmaker, call 321-783-3127.


Artistic Director for the Surfside Players, Bryan Bergeron believes The Rainmaker plucks at every emotion.


“The Curry men in this play obsess more about marrying off plain 29-year old Lizzie than they do about their dying cattle,” said Bergeron.  ”Our Rainmaker cast will have you laughing, crying and everything in between as you realize, ‘sometimes you just gotta believe’.”


In continuous operation since 1963, the Surfside Playhouse is home to the Surfside Players and presents a full season of self-produced shows and community performances each year. Auditions for the March 2017 production of South Pacific will be held January 15-16. For more information, visit the theatre website at or call 321-783-3127.




PHOTO ATTACHED –Artistic Director Bryan Bergeron posts show information on the Surfside Playhouse marquee. The Rainmaker opens Friday, January 13 in Cocoa Beach.  Call 321-783-3127 for tickets and show times.  Photo courtesy of surfside playhouse. 


ABOUT THE DUST BOWL –  The Dust Bowl was the name given to the Great Plains region devastated by drought in 1930s Depression-ridden America. The 150,000-square-mile area, encompassing the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and neighboring sections of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico, has little rainfall, light soil, and high winds, a potentially destructive combination. When drought struck from 1934 to 1937, the soil lacked the stronger root system of grass as an anchor, so the winds easily picked up the loose topsoil and swirled it into dense dust clouds, called “black blizzards.” Recurrent dust storms wreaked havoc, choking cattle and pasture lands and driving 60 percent of the population from the region. Most of these “exodusters” went to agricultural areas first and then to cities, especially in the Far West. More on, 


ABOUT THE RAINMAKER – Lizzie Curry (Sarah Roberts) is stuck on an impoverished farm in the middle of a paralyzing drought in the West. Her father (Scott Sutherland) and brothers (Dusty Ray, David Bondy), to her extreme annoyance, obsess more about marrying her off before she becomes an “old maid” than they do about their dying cattle. With no sign of relief from the dry heat, suddenly, from out of nowhere, appears a picaresque, sweet-talking man (Matthew Hall) with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a “rainmaker,” the man promises to bring rain within 24 hours, for $100 paid in advance. It’s a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents, engaging in bizarre rituals like banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Yet the rainmaker, who came to make easy money, lets his guard down when he sees a side of Lizzie that she refuses to recognize in herself.



Sarah Roberts as Lizzie Curry

Scott Sutherland as H.C. Curry

Dusty Ray as Noah Curry

David Bondy as Jim Curry

Matthew Davis as Deputy File

Matthew Hall as Bill Starbuck

Michael J. Fiore as Sheriff Thomas


ABOUT THE SURFSIDE PLAYERS AND THE SURFSIDE PLAYHOUSE The Surfside Playhouse is a community theatre dedicated to the performing arts through productions, presentations, education and outreach.  The 250-seat theatre has been in continuous operation since 1963, presenting a full schedule of shows each season, ranging from light-hearted comedies to lilting musicals and riveting dramas.  The Surfside Players extend a warm welcome to aspiring thespians, seasoned performers, and to anyone with a love for the Theatre.  Surfside Players, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored in part by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brevard Business News, the Margaret Heins Foundation and the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance.  For more information about the current season of the Surfside Players at the Surfside Playhouse, visit, like their Facebook page or call 321.783.3127.