May 11, 2015


For Immediate Release

Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742 

Iberia Parish Convention 

and Visitors Bureau

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IPAL's "The Rainmaker" opens May 28
Michael Parich, Sr. and Michael Durand

NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Performing Arts League will present "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash as its season finale. "The Rainmaker" will run Thursdays through Sundays, May 28 through June 7, 2015, at the Essanee Theatre at 126 Iberia St. in downtown New Iberia.  

The evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the two Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.  Advance tickets are available at Delaunes' Pharmacy, Paul's Flower Shop, or by calling the theatre at (337) 364-6114 and leaving a name and phone number. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. All tickets are $10.  

This classic romantic comedy, directed by Dianne Moss, is a story about family, survival, faith and hope. It is set against the backdrop of the paralyzing drought which ravaged the mid-west during the dust bowl. The daughter of the family, Lizzie, has hopes and dreams that have begun to run as dry as the barren fields surrounding her home. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, appears a picturesque, smooth-talking character claiming the ability to make rain.  Lizzie must decide: is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?

"The Rainmaker" stars Mike Parich, as father of the family. His two sons are played by Andrew Mills and Andrew Palmintier. The one female in the cast is Jennifer Young, who plays Lizzie Curry, the strong, hopeful daughter whose father and brothers try desperately to marry off. Playing Bill Starbuck, the "rainmaker," is J. Larry Blount.  Rounding out the cast are two IPAL veterans Perry Ledet and Michael Durand, playing the sheriff and his deputy.

This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and administered through the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

For further information contact director Dianne Moss (337)-523-9995 or assistant director Donald Voorhies at (337) 364-1975 or email  





The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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