Tri-State Actors Theater ready to premier ‘Rain in the Hollows'

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:13

    SUSSEX-Family dramas, like the families they reflect, can be complicated and precarious, and every family struggles with its own myths. Playwright Sean O'Leary digs deep into his West Virginia heritage with Tri-State Actors Theater's presentation of his new play, "Rain in the Hollows," playing June 16- July 4. In this play, a young Boston journalist returns to confront his larger-than-life brother. Like many families, O'Leary begins with small talk and progresses to gossip as family tensions simmer until the whole kettle boils over in conflict. In the story, set in 1972, Claudie Hukill is the pride and prodigy of his insignificant West Virginia mining hollow. The confident golden boy of Logan County, he's a sports champion and ladies' man and everyone basks in his glow. He walks between the raindrops even while skirting the law. When heavy rains threaten to flood the valley, all eyes are on Claudie to save them. He is the axle at the center of O'Leary's story. Every relationship in Rain in the Hollows is crafted relative to the characters' relationship to Claudie. The characters are richly written and are played by Anne Barclay as Grandma Hukill, Jane Cunningham as Kit Hukill, Kendal Ridgeway as Pearl Hukill, J.C. Hoyt as Sam Burton, Cori Lynn Campbell as Tierney Chase, and Kurt Elftmann as Rob Hukill. TAT's Artistic Director, Paul Meacham, will direct the play.  Rain in the Holllows, first read by TAT as part of the 2002 New Plays Reading Series, will open with two preview performances on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 and 17, with all seats $15. Opening Night with a reception following is Friday, June 18, all seats are $30. Preview and regular Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. The run continues through Sunday, July 4. Ticket prices are $25, $23 Seniors/students on Friday and Saturday evening and $23/$20 Sr./stud for Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees. Tri-State Actors Theater performs at the historic Crescent Theater, Main Street and Fountain Square in Sussex. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the Box Office at 973 875-2950, or in person at the Box Office n please call ahead for Box Office hours. Patrons are encouraged to park in the free Municipal Parking Lot on Harrison St., directly behind the theater.