Runs through August 30. For tickets: www.berkshiretheatregroup.org or 413.997.4444
A Hatful of Rain was developed in 1953 and '54 from improvisations at the Actor's Studio conducted by actors Ben Gazzara, Eva Marie Saint and Tony Franciosa. (Shelley Winters ultimately took over Eva Marie's role for the '55 Broadway production as the latter had moved to Hollywood by then— and Eva Marie returned to do the role for the film version in 1957).
In A Hatful of Rain, Johnny’s battle strangles his daily life and slowly deteriorates the relationship between him and his family as he attempts to hide and support his habit. His brother, Polo tries to help but there’s only so much he can do. His pregnant wife, Celia is convinced he’s having an affair and tries to hold their faltering marriage together while their father’s visit only adds to the tumultuous downturn of Johnny’s life. Gazzo’s raw, insightful and carefully crafted storytelling depict the demise of an embattled soul and raises social consciousness on issues regarding addiction and the cost of war for our veterans.