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Wednesday 9th April – Saturday 10th May

American Season 2014

A STEADY RAIN by Keith Huff

Directed by David Grindley

 

The Ustinov Studio’s American Season 2014 continues next month with the UK premiere of award-winning writer Keith Huff’s gritty drama, A Steady Rain.

 

A Steady Rain chronicles love and rage on the streets of Chicago where one ordinary day a deadly error of judgement sends the lives of two cops spinning out of control. Joe and Denny, best friends since childhood, are practically family. Joey helps out with Denny’s wife and kids; Denny keeps Joe away from the bottle. But when a routine domestic disturbance turns into something terrifying and tragic, it is clear someone must bear responsibility. As the need to serve and protect both consumes the two cops and rips them apart, trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a backdrop of pimps, prostitutes and criminal lowlife.

 

A dark two-hander, filled with sharp story-telling and repartee, A Steady Rain opened on Broadway in 2009 starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. This production, directed by David Grindley, is the UK premiere.

 

Vincent Riotta plays Denny. His recent credits include Enduring Freedom at the Finborough Theatre, Fridays at Seven at the Court Theatre, Hollywood, and Shared Experience’s True West and A Streetcar Named Desire at the Leicester Haymarket. Brian Doherty, who plays Joey, was most recently seen in the West End in From Here to Eternity. Other recent credits include Narrative at the Royal Court, Famine at Hampstead Theatre, Improbable Frequency at the Gaiety Theatre and Antony and Cleopatra, A Winter’s Tale, Julius Caesar, King Lear and Little Eagles, all for the RSC.

 

Director David Grindley’s numerous credits include, recently, DaytonaJourney’s End in the West End, The Philanthropist on Broadway and the current Theatre Royal Bath Production of Pygmalion. He also directed the hugely-acclaimed production of The American Plan in the Ustinov Studio’s American Season 2013.

 

Keith Huff won a Writer’s Guild Award for Mad Men, wrote for the first season of House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, and has also written the film adaptation of A Steady Rain for Barbara Broccoli’s EON Films.

 

“A Steady Rain turns out to be less like the perpetual drizzle of its title and more like a snowball that builds to an avalanche … has genuine dramatic power and a sense of true tragedy” Variety

 

A STEADY RAIN is at the Ustinov Studio on from Wednesday 9th April – Saturday 10th May. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov

 

The American Season 2014 concludes with Lynn Nottage’s multi-award-winning Intimate Apparel, directed by the Ustinov Studio’s Artistic Director Laurence Boswell (29th May – 28th June).