Rain Follows The Plow- a dust opera debuted on Friday, July 8 at the Capital Fringe Festival, receiving solid early reviews from the media after its first two of five showings.
In the lead role of "Ruth", Caroline Ferrante has received notable critical acclaim for her theatrical and musical display.
Lee Levine of DC Metro Arts, reviewed the show http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2016/07/09/2016-capital-fringe-review-rain-follows-plow/, noting Caroline as a standout. "The cast is all so good that it’s hard to single out all for praise. Of special note is the lovely voice of Caroline Ferrante as Ruth, a farm wife whose sings of good times to her sister by mail note the “Impossible Sky”."
Jennifer Perry of Broadway World noted in her review at http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/BWW-Review-History-is-Musicalized-at-Capital-Fringe-With-RAIN-FOLLOWS-THE-PLOW-and-ROMANOV-20160710#, "(Caroline's) crystal clear voice and no kidding lyric interpretation skills made "Impossible Sky" and "Can It Be?" two of the highlights for me."
Amy Couchoud of DC Theatre Scene wrote in her article at
“The centerpiece of the narrative arc is three beautifully rendered songs sung by matriarch Ruth (Caroline Ferrante), as letters to her sister that chronicle her journey from optimism (“Impossible Sky”) to desperate hope (“If It Rains”) to disbelieving grief (“Can It Be?”).”
Rain Follows The Plow is a unique, collaborative musical project written by Oklahoma native, Steve Coffee. It is based on an album-length song cycle that attempts to capture and convey the worldviews and first-hand experiences of those who lived through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. In an era threatened by ecological catastrophe, the songs comprise an instructive and cautionary tale, perhaps not completely too late. It gains significance from reanimating an important and underappreciated chapter in our history. The listener will find no preaching or moralizing here, but if the stories resonate in the present age—if they cast into sharper relief our own folly as we rush headlong into climate change, that is a good thing.
Three dates remain for Rain Follows The Plow at Capital Fringe Festival:
Saturday, July 16th, 2016 - 5:10 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 21st, 2016 - 8:45 PM to 10:05 PM
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 - 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM
Tickets for all shows can be purchased at https://www.capitalfringe.org/events/923-rain-follows-the-plow