A Good Little Rain

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 March 20-24, 2019

Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall

About the Show

A young woman searches for meaning in mental illness, explorations of sexuality, and the loss that comes with the chronic illness of her mother. Michelle struggles with depression and anxiety, her distorted self-image at the core of her battle in this memory play by 2018 Arts NC State Creative Artist winner Natalie Sherwood.

From the playwright’s pen…

A Good Little Rain is a gift for my mother.  In her later years in life, she spoke of writing a book with the same title, detailing her childhood spent in tobacco fields in rural North Carolina. She recalled hearing local farmers say they needed “a good little rain,” a shower that was just enough for their crops to survive the growing season. Mom only got to write stray anecdotes for her book’s pages before she left this earth. This play is my take on her brainchild, a translation of her dream through the language of my life.

This story is also a gift to a younger self and to the coming-of-age young adults who find themselves lost on their journeys. This narrative is a journal entry, a poetic catharsis, and a memoir of overcoming pain. Much of traditional theatre founds itself upon escapism and romanticism. I wanted to escape the escapism and deromanticize life’s hardships; I wanted to catalyze a meaningful conversation about the trials we often keep to ourselves, hidden and locked away. Here is my story, laid naked and bare, honest and vulnerable, as I invite its audiences to search for their reflections on the stage.

By Natalie Sherwood

Directed by NC State student to be named

Produced by special arrangement with Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, University Theatre and Arts NC State.

 SHOW WARNING:  Not applicable at this time.

Show Times:
7:30pm Nightly, March 20-23
2:00pm Sunday Matinee, March 24

Adult $18; NCSU/Other students $6 (plus applicable fees and NC sales tax) — All seating general admission


Group Sales (10+) begin Feb. 1, 2019
Call or visit the box office located in Thompson Hall

Individual Tickets
Available February 1, 2019.

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