PACA has one more weekend of performances of this amazing family drama, Hatful of Rain runs this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00 PM. . Tickets are on sale on our website at WWW.PACA1505.COM or at the door.
The drama centered around addiction kicks off a series of socially-aware productions at the Erie community theater.
“Everybody has been affected by somebody in their lives that has an opioid addiction,” said Mark Tanenbaum,
local director and founder of Erie’s PACA. “I was looking for a play to address that.”
As a result, PACA’s 2019 theatrical season will kick off this weekend with “A Hatful of Rain,” a 1955 drama about Johnny, a wounded war hero hooked on morphine; Polo, the brother who enables his addiction; and Celia, Johnny’s wife, who helps him rebuild his life. Written by Michael V. Gazzo, the play was adapted into a 1957 film that was groundbreaking for the realism with which it portrayed addiction and its effects on families.
“It isn’t maudlin, it doesn’t place blame. It’s a family drama,” Tanenbaum noted. “It’s really about reconciliation — a family torn apart in other ways coming together in a crisis.”
Jason Fried plays Johnny, while Paul Lukach plays Polo and Krista Perry Lamb portrays Celia. The rest of the cast, which features a mix of returning PACA performers and newcomers, also includes Victor Kuehn, John Schaaf, Mark Capozziello, Jamie Foster and, making his stage debut, Rob Karnie.
“All these guys are working so hard to find all the nuances to this play,” Tanenbaum said. “It’s really meaty.”
The director also reached out to several local service organizations that will set up tables to distribute information. Social awareness, he added, will be a reoccurring theme throughout the rest of PACA’s current season.
“We try to get plays that address issues that communities at large face,” Tanenbaum said. “We offer them up as a means to have a conversation. If the audience leaves the theater talking about the ideas, we were successful as artists.”
And a large part of the thanks goes to PACA’s many sponsors and supporters, which have allowed the dynamic theater to carve out a strong niche for itself in the Erie community.
“Without community people seeing what it is we’re doing and supporting us,” Tanenbaum said, “we could never take a risk on a play like this.”
“A Hatful of Rain” takes the stage Feb. 1-2 and 8-9, 8 p.m., and Feb. 3 and 10, 2 p.m., at PACA, 1505 State St. Tickets, $15, can be purchased at the door or online at www.paca1505.com.
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