Seven Tyrants Theatre, Vancouver’s Jessie Award-winning independent theatre company, concludes their first season in their new theatre space with a remount of last season’s award-winning production of A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, Directed by Bill Devine and starring Seven Tyrants co-founders Daniel Deorksen and David Thomas Newham with live music provided by Kurt Schindelka.
* Winner, Jessie Richardson Award – Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition (Daniel Deorksen, Kurt Schindelka), 2018
* Nominee, Jessie Richardson Award – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Daniel Deorksen, David Thomas Newham, Kurt Schindelka), 2018
A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, 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 against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes.
The play will be performed in Tyrant Studios, the rarely opened private rooms above the historic Penthouse Nightclub. Recently converted to a studio theatre, these upstairs rooms once hosted exclusive parties and performances by music legends like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, and Frank Sinatra.
“Keith Huff’s tightly wound and intriguing script, and two absolutely terrific performances from Daniel Deorksen and David Newham” –Mark Robins, VancouverPresents.com
“superb writing and acting” –Vancouver Observer
“The two actors give gritty, authentic performances” –Vancouver Weekly
“Seven Tyrants Theatre’s production of “A Steady Rain” was a truly unique experience. The two actors put on an amazing performance, that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, and I can hardly think of one fault.” –Two Pence, Two Cents review blog
Keith Huffis a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and the author of numerous plays that have been produced off Broadway and internationally. He was a Writer/Co-Producer for AMC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series Mad Men, for which he won a 2011 Writers Guild Award (Best Drama Series). He is also a Writer/Producer for the NetFlix series House of Cards. Huff’s playA Steady Rainbroke Broadway box-office records and featured Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in the lead roles.
What the critics say about Huff’s play:
“A gritty, rich, thick, poetic and entirely gripping noir tale of two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart.” ―Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Characteristic of Chicagoland theater at its gritty, no-nonsense best . . . An irresistibly forceful exercise in noir-style tandem storytelling.”
―Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“Keith Huff’sA Steady Rainoffers one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in many seasons.”
-David Sheward,Back Stage
“Steady Rain, A” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Media release and images provided by Marnie Wilson, Artsbiz Public Relations. Feature image A Steady Rain, Newham & Deorksen.