Chicago's A Steady Rain Hits 100th Performance May 4; Panel Discussion Offered

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A Steady Rain, Chicago Dramatists' critically acclaimed police drama that has had workshops in both Chicago and New York, will play its 100th performance May 4 at 5 PM.

To commemorate the milestone, a special post-performance panel discussion and reception will be held following the performance at the Royal George Studio Theatre. The cast and experts in the fields of ethics, law enforcement, and the arts will speak about the topics raised in the show.

Written by Keith Huff, A Steady Rain tells of two seasoned cops whose lifelong friendship is severely tested when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a young boy. When the horrific truth of the situation is revealed, one of the two must take the blame for the fatal mistake.

The panel discussion will be moderated by WLS-TV reporter John Garcia and will include Dr. Marya Schechtman (ethics professor, University of Illinois at Chicago), Dr. Mollie Painter-Morland (ethics professor, DePaul University), Greg Bronsberg (Fraternal Order of Police member and former detective). The stars of A Steady Rain , Peter DeFaria and Randy Steinmeyer, as well playwright Huff, will also be present.

A Steady Rain played a six-week sold-out engagement at Chicago Dramatists in fall 2007. The cast and artistic team, headed by director Russ Tutterow, remained intact for the 2008 run.

The design team includes Tom Burch (set design), Jeff Pines (lighting design), Kerith Wolf (costumes), Mike Tutaj (sound) and Daniel Pellant (props). Playwright Keith Huff is the recipient of a Drama-Logue Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships. He has developed plays at American Repertory Theater, The O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, Steppenwolf, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, and The Public Theater. His plays have been produced nationally and Off-Broadway.

A Steady Rain plays Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 5 and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 and 5 PM through June 8. Tickets range from $40-$50, with $25 tickets for police officers, firefighters and other uniformed personnel with ID. To purchase tickets, call (312) 988-9000 or visit the Royal George Studio Theatre box office at 1641 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1500, or any Ticketmaster ticket center.

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