The Play

by Uncle John



Art Work by Michael Waters

Music by

Uncle John & Tobey Stein & Gary Sangervasi

Grateful Dead

& Bob Dylan

Special Thanks to Playwright Lauren Gunderson

 Spanish translation by Tania Carrasco





Lady Liberty

The Joker

The Purple Sage

The Hermit

Daniel Rafael


Pretty Peggy

Ida Red

Billy Dee


Freya Chanteur

Johnnie Walker

Harry Jardiniere

Maria Bonita

Seven Gypsy Women

Bobby “Sugarfree” Sugaree


The Magician

RAINDANCE Art work by Michael Waters

The Raindance family tell their story in tales, through poetry, songs, art, and dance.


 Acts and Scene descriptions in development

Here are some  EXCERPTS from the play

The prequel


Once upon a time there was a true rainmaker. His name is Charles Mallory Hatfield. In southern California in the early 1900s, there was a great drought. Charles was a pioneering meteorologist and a man with strange inventions. One was a "humidity accelerator" that, according to him, could make it rain. In Oceanside, California, he went to the top of the tallest towers and mixed high-smelling fetid chemicals, and in five days it rained an inch of rain all over the city. Hatfield the Rainmaker's fame spread. In 1916, the San Diego city council, desperate for the rain, agreed to pay Hatfield $ 10,000, a huge sum of money, later, if he could fill the local reservoir tanks. He mixed his chemicals on tall towers and soon it started to rain, and it rained, rained, and rained. The reservoirs overflowed and the rain flooded the streets, houses, businesses and the entire city. When it finally stopped raining, Hatfield stopped by the town hall offices to collect his "rain check." The council refused to pay. They said they hired Hatfield to fill the reservoirs only, not to flood the city.


THE PLAY Act 1 Scene 2


Liberty Coruzzo wears roses in her hair

She still attracts a crowd

who all cry out at her & stare

get drunk and laugh out loud

Foxy boys chase young girls & chat with

beautiful women with butterfly hairpins

The old timers cheer at the sight of

Liberty on the back of a terrapin

singing like leaves blowing in the wind



We were at the carnival fair

and noted when the times were so good

We climbed the stone stairs past the turn in the street

where we recalled our childhood

We ran into Ida Red & the queen of the magazine

Michelle & I

among the crowd and smoke

the endless noise and scenes



Freya Chanteur sings with the band

She holds a tarantula painted on a rouge-colored fan

and with  a wave of her hand

sees the face of Jesse in the crowd

and cries with her eyes clear and loud

She falls in love with his gentle stare

Time passes through his fingers in her hair

In a public act of loyal tradition

she marries the gypsy on a terrapin



We went to the Tally-Ho tavern

 to see a fiddler's contest held there

We were amused by this unusual lady &

knocked out by the perfume in the air

We watched from the window the wanderin' and weary

in their chameleon webs in the thick of night

In the distance there is the faint sound of misty bells

while they visit the world through slits of their shells

"Daniel Rafael" Michelle introduces me



I'd like you to meet pretty Peggy the mysterious lady

She comes from eastern Europe

Her father's an investor

She's got some money & knows what she's after

She plays in the pool parlor in Breakfast Alley



One night she drove Michelle & me & Liberty

out to the valley &

led us to a hermit's cave

where he lit a lantern played guitar and sang



It's gotta be all or nothing at all babe



His hands are as cold as ice

yet I can see sweat pour from his brow

I look at the lines on his face

He survived an ordeal he wouldn't tell now



We were drinking wine on Alligator Mountain

I expressed love greater than mine

and he turned to me in perfect mime



My heart is an open book to you

Red sails in the sunset are overlooking you

You better know what you're doing



Like true love I never felt like this



He's been on live stages and what he practiced was kind

He knew fugitives and sages & found few of similar mind

He walks out of the pages like a knight on the road that winds

and breaks the cages of ephemeral walls to find



He went round about the river and didn't come back till he was grey

He retreated inside a palace on the edge of the old highway



There's a voice deep inside of the ancient one calling you

The door's not marked but the light shines through


Another Act, Different Scene



Harry Jardiniere is host and with his half tank of gas,

Hums his harp dancing with the light glistening through his glass.


Harry Jardiniere (singing):

Someone buy two rounds & I´ll drink a toast to old Jim Bridger and to the band in the arena,

Where flower girls smile with their eyes at those passing by &

My lady Maria Bonita the Senorita,

She bathes in the soft moonlight &

Turns me with the Margaritas,

Awakens and soaks up the sun in the shamrocks beneath her.



No one could catch or match such

Succession of impressions in progression.

There was a wolf´s head in the passageway

With ringers on his fingers, muscles on his arms &

His songs played on the loudspeakers,

With the crickets in tune under the moon.

There were beautiful women, with purses, that would sway and swoon.

Four women horsing-around together,

Drinking up the time,

Waiting and juiced, ready and able,

They´re funny with an interesting line.


Lady Liberty:

It seems you can´t please everyone

& you don´t want to antagonize;

Everybody´s got so much to say

They could say better with their eyes.


" I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.


Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,


I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.


Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

"Rainbow" by Uncle John & Tobey Stein


Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow


How many days left till I die

From drinking whiskey and getting high

I'm a rambler by trade travelling about

Wind at my back circling south

Buried some words deep in the sand

 River run home flowed over the land


Sit with the sun setting by the moon

With your favorite color of a flower in bloom

Count all the hours and sing all the tunes

Picture paradise just digging on that dune


For the treasure sierra isn't buried in ground

It's not stuck in time & bound to be found

Then for but a moment as that too must pass

For the river immortal inside us shall last


Faith in the future you can't deny

There's something more here than you can explain

Wipe away the tear yes you'll get by

And call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow


Raindance family




Raindance reads from THE SECRET BOOK, and The Magician appears.


WThen the flood of rain had stopped and the waters started to recede. Noah waited, then sent one of his doves out to scout for dryland. The dove returned for there was not yet dry ground. Still, the ship stayed afloat for the whole world was under water. Noah waited seven days and again sent a dove out, and this time when he returned, in his beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf, and this signalled the beginning of a new world.

The Magician:

There are two olive trees and two bright candles.

And you a wild olive shoot,

Have been grafted in among the others,

And now share  in the nourishing sap

From the olive root.


Lyrics by Uncle John & Music by Uncle John & Gary Sangervasi

Letras y Música por Uncle John y Gary Sangervasi
Traducción de Tania Carrasco

desde la obra de teatro "RAINDANCE"

escrito en Mexico


Born in the American hills
Raised in a desert cave
It wasn't until he was twenty-one
He met Jesus and was saved
He can move like a mountain lion
Smell like a bear for snakes
Sundance is so bold and strange
 As he is strong and brave
He has half a diamond for an eye
And an eagle to guide his way
And he lived ten years inside the city
And he learned the city´s ways
He had a love for the game
A taste for whiskey
A weakness for pretty women
But he couldn't understand the cruelty
To lock up so many people inside prisons
He is a man who loves his freedom
He picked up a simple stone
And at night his would shine
Reflected on the city
Illuminated the road in the sky
They say he has ten thousand brothers
And all of them believing men
And ten thousand sisters
And many children
He has vision for a river of time
Who can stop the rain at will
When you find him he can make it rhyme
And get even better still
He walks inside the cities teaching ecology
He painted a rose for a masterpiece
And helps the blind to see
He had a love for the game
A taste for whiskey
A weakness for pretty women
But he couldn't understand the cruelty
To lock up so many people inside prisons
He is a man who loves his freedom
Sundance is clever
And a man with many faces
He´s the only one I know
Holding all four aces
Now some say he is a prophet
And some just one man
But I know him as a friend of Jesus
And a child of the desert sand
How can the most advanced
Civilization of all time
be so far behind
be so far behind?
Now Sundance is among you

Who helps the four-winged beast to fly
Those who live to see
Half diamond for an eye
Shall see

Gold Rain fall from the sky
Sky roses
Raining from the sky
Roses from the sky

Roses from the sky!

Jim Lauderdale



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