rain falls special on me
by Ground Floor Theatre

Aug. 26 - Sep. 04, 2021

(via Ground Floor Theatre)When it rains in Austin, Texas, the best place to stay dry through the night is behind the theater. Weather and circumstance bring together Mikey, Snake, Miss Candace, Motor, Mac, and Julie – all of whom are on the street for different reasons, here now to navigate their relationships, dreams, and often, survival. 


rain falls special on me will kick off the 2021 Ground Floor Thatre season and return to in-person performances. 

"I'm so excited to finally bring rain falls special on me to GFT audiences! This is the longest I have ever been involved with a show in any capacity and been able to watch it blossom and change not just because of the metamorphosis involved with an original work, but also the outside forces that caused us to look at it in vastly different ways,” said director and GFT Co-Artistic Director Patti Neff-Tiven on returning to live performance. “I'm thrilled that we will be able to give rain the full production it deserves, as it speaks so much to our present moment and the issues and struggles houseless folks are experiencing right now.”

The cast includes Stan McDowell as Mikey; Steven Zapata as Snake; Meredith O’Brien as Miss Candance; Jack Darling as Motor; Devin Finn as Mac; Juleeane Villarreal as Julie; and introducing Bruiser as Roscoe the dog.

 Directed by Patti Neff-Tiven, the production team includes scenic design by Gary Thornsberry; lighting design by Jacqueline Sindelar; costume design by Laura Gonzalez; properties design by Patti Neff-Tiven; fight choreography by Riley Wesson; intimacy direction by Andy Grapko; sound design by Anthony Williams; graphic design by Shannon Grounds; technical direction by Hank Kerston; Kelsey Moringy as production stage manager; and Astrid Rangal as stage manager. 

CTXLT review by Dr. David Robinson

Broadway World review by Nathaniel West, August 30

Sun News review by Dr. Cliff Cunningham, August 28

Ground Floor Theatre is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

About Patti Neff-Tiven

Co-Artistic Director of Ground Floor Theatre. Patti grew up in San Antonio, TX and graduated with a degree in theatre from St. Edward's University in Austin. She interned at Plano Repertory Theatre learning all aspects of theatre production, later becoming their full-time Production Manager. Returning to Austin in 2001, Patti began her freelance career as a director, production manager, actor, and designer for companies including Rude Mechs, ScriptWorks, Fusebox Festival, FronteraFest and Zilker Summer Musicals.

About Ground Floor Theatre:

Ground Floor Theatre (GFT) produces works by and for underrepresented communities. It serves as an incubator to foster and grow new and groundbreaking works that shine a light on groups that are often overlooked. It is also a home for the Austin theatre community to come together and learn from one another in order to help Austin continue to excel as a leader in the national theatre community. For more information visit www.groundfloortheatre.org.


rain falls special on me
by Lane Michael Stanley
Ground Floor Theatre

August 26 - September 04, 2021
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702


On August 26, 2021 GFT reemerges from the pandemic with Lane Michael Stanley's rain falls special on me directed by Co-Artistic Director Patti Neff-Tiven.  Our cast and crew have been working hard (masked at all times) to bring this special show to our stage and we are looking forward to seeing you at the theatre or online.

Of course we are now in the middle of a new spike of Covid 19, so we have instituted some mitigation polices to keep you and our team safe.

  • Proof of Vaccination or a recent negative Covid 19 test will be required
  • Masks must be worn at all times covering both mouth and nose
  • touchless ticketing
  • socially distanced seating
  • HEPA filtration throughout the theatre and backstage
  • hand sanitizer available
  • We are offering 3 opportunities to watch show live streamed
Tickets & Information

Performances run August 26 – September 4, 2021, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 5 p.m.

Tickets on sale now at groundfloortheatre.org/rain.

Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, Austin, TX at the corner of Springdale and Airport.


The “First Friday” performance on August 20 includes a reception.

One Wednesday industry performance on February August 25 at 8:00 PM.

Talkbacks with community partners will be held after certain performances with dates and partners to be announced shortly.


Ground Floor Theatre believes in “theatre for everyone” regardless of ability to pay, so tickets are always “Pay What You Can”. Suggested ticket prices is $25 and VIP for $40. VIP seating includes a reserved seat, a glass of bubbly and the assurance of helping GFT keep the “Pay What You Can” policy.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at http://www.groundfloortheatre.org/rain.


SEASON PASSES: Season passes are available for 2021 and 2022 seasons for six shows

(rain falls special on me, Memphis, Dot, Anna in the Tropics, and two unannounced productions).  Season passes are a way for patrons to support GFT’s “pay what you can” policy by paying a bit more for tickets. Passes can be used in any way you like – from all six tickets for one show or spread them around for the season. Passes for two seasons are $225 per pass.  Season pass holders who purchased their passes prior to the pandemic will be moved to the 2021 and 2022 seasons. 


2021 Season Shows: https://www.groundfloortheatre.org/2021season


2022 Season Shows: https://www.groundfloortheatre.org/2022season