THE STORY: Hazel survived a harrowing childhood with her older sister, Robin, who stepped up to take care of her at a very young age. When Robin announces that she and her husband are having a baby, the sisters’ relationship explodes in a storm of resentment, mistrust, and a fear that history is doomed to repeat itself. THE DOWNPOUR tells a story of a family forged by terror and reshaped by love and bravery.
“Playwright Caitlin Parrish delivers genuine terror in a grounded family drama. Aberrant personalities, the specter of insanity, and a history of violence infect the tidy household. For the most part, it’s bracingly unromantic and nerve-rending…THE DOWNPOUR is not a typical ‘revealed past causes drama in the present’ story. For Parrish the past is here, all the time.” —Time Out Chicago. “…Caitlin Parrish’s grippingly intimate [THE DOWNPOUR] is as tense and disturbing an experience as any thriller you might find at the multiplex…And, for the record, at no point did I find myself ahead of this play.” —Chicago Tribune. “…Parrish creates such emotionally nuanced characters and shepherds them through such an intricate moral minefield it’s foolish to resist the story’s considerable allure…deeply affecting.” —Chicago Reader. “…a refreshingly intelligent reassessment of a centuries-old scourge, concluding in hope for victims of improvident lineage.” —Windy City Times.