A Hatful of Rain

Little Gem Theatre Company, Inc. is proud to present as its inaugural production the first major NYC revival of this legendary drama which opened on Broadway in 1955 starring Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara, Anthony Franciosa, Frank Silvera and Harry Guardino.  The passionate, explosive story of a returning WWII vet haunted by the physical and mental horrors of war, now harboring a dark secret; his devoted kid brother with his own secret — a longing for his brother’s pregnant wife; a faithful, loving but confused woman, desperate for affection; a father returning from his adventurous past to discover the tragic truth about the sons he deserted . . . and about himself; and the underworld that invades their lives:  a terrifying drug lord carved from ice who controls two henchmen, a psychotic weasel and a pathetic teddy bear gone wrong, as well as a lost lamb on her own private collision course with disaster.  The action plays out in the sinister shadows of the Lower East Side of late 1940’s Manhattan, where the silhouette of a distant hope can also be glimpsed.  This beloved modern classic is a testament to personal courage, loyalty . . . and the enduring human spirit.