A Hatful of Rain Author:Michael V. Gazzo A HATFUL OF RAIN by Michael V. Gazzo is a gritty yet touching story that follows the life of a family torn apart from dealing with morphine addiction in the 1950s. This book should be read by drama/ theatre enthusiasts and anyone who can handle it; its shockingly realistic portrayal of what addiction can do makes this a gripping story from start... more » to finish. The main theme of the story is forgiveness. Whether it is Johnny’s father, wife, drug supplier, or brother, every character undergoes a moment or realization/forgiveness which serves to unite the characters in the end of the play to help combat Johnny’s addiction.
The story details the lives of a family in a tenement home in New York during the late 1950’s. One such member named Johnny—a brother, husband, son, and soon to be father—is addicted to morphine to help combat his PTSD from serving in the Korean War. With an irresponsible brother, a strict father, a hardened loan-shark, and a troubled wife with a baby on the way, the story shows throughout many scenes the type of effects drug-addicts can have on families all the way through to the climactic end.« less