1st Stage Announces The Rainmaker, A Tale of Love and Hope This Holiday Season

1st Stage Art & Culture

1st Stage is delighted to announce The Rainmaker, written by N. Richard Nash and directed by Deidra LaWan Starnes from November 17, 2022 through December 11, 2022.

Not only is the Curry family farm being paralyzed by a devastating drought, but Lizzie Curry, to the chagrin of her father and brothers, is unmarried with no viable prospects. A charming, confident trickster named Starbuck comes to town and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100, setting off a series of events that enable Lizzie to see herself in a new light.

The Rainmaker stars Tamieka Chavis, Jonathan Del Palmer, Vince Eisenson, Joe Palka, Scott Sedar, Matthew Sparacino, and Jacob Yeh. The show features scenic design by Nadir Bey, lighting design by Min Joo Kim, sound design by Navi, prop design by Rooster Skylar Sultan, and costume design by Luqman Salim.

The Rainmaker will run at 1st Stage from November 17 through December 11 with show times as follows:

  • Thursdays at 7:30pm
  • Fridays at 8 pm
  • Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm
  • Sundays at 2pm

General admission tickets are $50. Senior (65+) tickets are $47. Student, educator, and military tickets are $15. The first 20 tickets sold for every performance will cost only $20. Thursday evening tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703- 854-1856.

The run time is approximately 2-hours with one intermission. Captions and audio description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the schedule.

1st Stage safety plan

1st Stage is dedicated to the health and safety of its patrons, performers, and participants, and is enacting certain safety measures at this time to ensure that the theatre can remain a comfortable place for our community.

In order to provide a healthy space for the artists to work, 1st Stage will take the following safety precautions:

  • All patrons, volunteers, and staff are required to be masked while inside the 1st Stage Theatre facility.
  • 1st Stage staff, artists, designers, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated.

Coming next to 1st Stage

From March 2- 19,2023, 1st Stage will present How the Light Gets In, by E.M. Lewis, directed by Alex Levy. This beautifully touching and deeply human story centers around four disparate people who build a community of healing and hope. Set against the inviting backdrop of a Japanese garden, the play is told like a fairytale. Each of the characters take their turn in telling this heartwarming story of love and recovery.


The Rainmaker
by N. Richard Nash
directed by Deidra LaWan Starnes 


November 17, 2022 through December 11, 2022
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2 and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm


1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102 


  • $50 general admission
  • $47 seniors (65+)
  • $15 students, educators, and military

Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856

About 1st Stage

1st Stage Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural hub for the community producing first-rate theatrical productions as well as hosting professional musicians, orchestras, and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Winner of Outstanding Production for the past two seasons (The Brothers Size and Fly By Night), 1st Stage was nominated for 18 Helen Hayes Awards in 2020. Other awards include the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company award. Additionally, 1st Stage is a renewed member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2020-2021. In September 2016, The Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage “one of America’s most impressive smaller regional companies.” For more information, visit 1st Stage online at www.1ststage.org or follow the theater on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram