Blake E. Bolan (Ingrid) and Michael Ooms (Clarence) in Savage Umbrella's production of Rain Follows the Plow. Photograph by Ted Eschweiler, courtesy Savage Umbrella.
There's a moment in the middle of the second act of Savage Umbrella's production of Rachel Nelson's new script Rain Follows The Plow that damn near blew my mind with how perfectly and subtly it was executed. One thread of the story takes place in the present, 2013 America. One thread of the story takes place in the past, 1930s Dust Bowl America. In this scene, on a motel room bed, the past and the present exist at the same time in the same space. A couple from the present and a couple from the past switch acting partners, and by the end of the scene switch back again. But throughout the scene, the characters we see side by side on the bed never see one another. The bed always has two people in it, but those two people are always alone.MORE »